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Eastern Michigan University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. Learn about its admission info, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is a 4-year, public school in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It's located less than 40 miles from Detroit, Michigan's largest city, and just six miles from another large city, Ann Arbor. EMU's 800-acre main campus encompasses 122 buildings and includes nearly 20 miles of walking and jogging trails. The school also has satellite campuses and centers in locations around Michigan, such as Brighton, Detroit, Monroe, Traverse City, Livonia and Jackson.

In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked EMU one of the top 30 public schools in the Midwest region of the U.S. Additionally, U.S. News ranked EMU's graduate occupational therapy program among the top 50 in the nation and its social work program among the country's 100 best. EMU's department of special education is one of the oldest in the country.


Eastern Michigan University is comprised of five colleges - the College of Business, College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, and College of Technology - which offer over 200 degree programs. The most popular colleges are the College of Education and the College of Business.

In addition to classes on its main campus and at its satellite locations, EMU offers courses online. The university's study abroad program gives students the opportunity to enhance their education with semesters spent living and learning in cities that are historically or currently integral to their field of study.


Eastern Michigan University has a rolling admissions schedule, accepting applications and admitting students year-round. However, the university recommends that students apply by July 1st for fall semester enrollment and by November 1st for winter semester. To apply, students should complete an application (either online or paper) and have their official transcripts and ACT and/or SAT scores sent to the school, along with an application fee. The university also accepts Advanced Placement (AP) test scores for college credit; students can earn at least two credit hours for each AP test in which they earned a 3 or better.

In 2011, 60% of those who applied to Eastern Michigan were accepted, and of those, 28% went on to enroll at the school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). As of Fall 2011, the student population at EMU was 57% female, and 71% of students were under the age of 25, based on NCES figures. The ethnic make-up of the student population was 63% white, 22% black and 3% Hispanic or Latino. Just over 30% of undergraduate students at EMU attended part-time. The majority of those who attend EMU are from the Midwest.

Tuition & Financial Aid

EMU grants in-state tuition benefits to both Michigan and Ohio residents. For the 2012-2013 academic year, full-time undergraduate students (15 credits per semester) paid $4,512.95 per semester in tuition and fees, while out-of-state students paid $12,003.95, according to the university. Room and board was $4,143 per semester, and NCES projected that students should expect to pay about $900 per year for books and other supplies.

Eastern Michigan University offers several merit scholarships. The Presidential Scholarship Competition offers full tuition for four years of college. The Regent's Gold Scholarship is awarded to the first five alternates for the Presidential Scholarship and awards students $8,800 per year. Other programs, including the Emerald Scholarship, offer awards based on exemplary grade point average or standardized test scores.

Graduate school tuition is the same across all programs, but does vary for residents and non-residents. Graduate assistantships are available for students who need help paying for their education.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Suburban*
Student Body 18,621 undergraduates and 4,798 graduate students in 2011-2012*
Student Housing Residence halls and on-campus apartments available**
Schools and Programs Five schools, approximately 200 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (170)
Master's: Interdisciplinary Studies (70)
Doctorate: Educational Leadership and Administration (14)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 13% in 4 years
40% in 6 years (for students who began their studies in Fall 2005)*
Admission Rate 60% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 2,000 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates (2010-2011) 76% for full-time students, 44% for part-time students*
Middle 50% of ACT Scores for Admitted Students 18-24 in 2011*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; recommended July 1st for fall semester and November 1st for winter**
Decision Notification Date 2-4 weeks after receipt of all documents**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $9,025.90 for Michigan and Ohio residents; $24,007.90 for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (50%), state and local grants or scholarships (8%), institutional scholarships or grants (72%), federal loans (73%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 93% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Eastern Michigan University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions Office, Eastern Michigan University, 401 Pierce Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • Phone: 800-468-6368
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