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Eastern Illinois University Overview

Eastern Illinois University is a public institution located in Charleston, Illinois. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Charleston draws many to the area.

What Is Eastern Illinois University Known For?

1,244 Undergraduate Awards
$19,683 Avg Cost After Aid
52% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the post-master's certificate is the highest award a student can attain at EIU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 79% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, EIU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $42,200 a year. That's about 3% more than their peers at other schools.

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Eastern Illinois University Rankings

Out of the 98 colleges in Illinois, EIU is ranked at #20.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

EIU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#170 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at EIU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Computer Engineering Technology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Gerontology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards EIU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Value Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#4 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for General Family & Consumer Sciences College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#60 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#118 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Eastern Illinois University?

Location of Eastern Illinois University

Contact details for EIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-581-5000
Website: https://www.eiu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iameiu
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eiu

How Do I Get Into EIU?

You can apply to EIU online at: https://www.eiu.edu/myeiu/index.php?type=signup

Admission Requirements for EIU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into EIU?

52% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
EIU has an acceptance rate of 52%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 47%, and the acceptance rate for women is 55%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to EIU submitted their SAT scores.EIU received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 23. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 17 to 23 )
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ACT Math Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 16 to 23 )
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ACT Composite Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 18 to 23 )
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36

Can I Afford Eastern Illinois University?

$19,683 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
7.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of EIU is $19,683. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At EIU, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $6,087 a year. That adds up to $24,348 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at EIU is 7.2%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,990 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,229 undergraduate students at EIU, with 3,990 being full-time and 2,239 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  EIU

There are also 1,577 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,990 full-time undergraduates at EIU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  EIU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Eastern Illinois University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of EIU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 50
Black or African American 939
Hispanic or Latino 352
White 2,294
International Students 118
Other Races/Ethnicities 237

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Eastern Illinois University. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 53 countries are represented at EIU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Eastern Illinois University

985 Took All Classes Online
2,495 Took At Least One Class Online
19.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 14 bachelor’s degree and 15 master’s degree programs available online at EIU. In 2017-2018, 2,495 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at EIU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 17th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of EIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Eastern Illinois University was 19.9%. This is the #895 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at EIU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of EIU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 15%
Fine & Studio Arts 5%
General Psychology 10%
Gerontology 27%
History 3%
History 3%
Music 24%
Nursing 17%
Psychology 12%
Public Relations & Advertising 5%
Visual & Performing Arts 11%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at EIU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at EIU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Urban & Regional Planning #1
Communication Sciences #5
Architecture & Related Services #5
Fine & Studio Arts #6
Gerontology #6
Music #8
History #14
Political Science & Government #14
History #14
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #17
Writing Studies #20
Visual & Performing Arts #28
Communication & Media Studies #28
English Language & Literature #31
Communication & Journalism #44
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #47
General Psychology #47
Social Sciences #48
Special Education #49
Teacher Education Subject Specific #54
Psychology #67
Teacher Education Grade Specific #79
Liberal Arts General Studies #115
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #115
Nursing #167
Education #204
Business Administration & Management #252
Health Professions #280
Business, Management & Marketing #321

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 124 0 0 124
Health & Physical Education 89 0 34 123
General Family & Consumer Sciences 87 0 17 104
General Psychology 104 0 0 104
Industrial Production Technology 25 0 73 98
General Biology 61 0 30 91
Fine & Studio Arts 33 0 42 75
Communication & Media Studies 60 1 13 74
Teacher Education Grade Specific 56 3 12 71
Business Administration & Management 9 0 50 59
Educational Administration 0 9 49 58
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 56 0 56
Communication Sciences 22 0 31 53
Marketing 48 0 0 48
Sociology 48 0 0 48
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 46 0 0 46
Teacher Education Subject Specific 38 8 0 46
Accounting 44 0 0 44
Music 23 0 18 41
General English Literature 27 0 12 39
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 38 0 0 38
History 26 0 10 36
Student Counseling 0 0 34 34
Political Science & Government 17 0 14 31
Special Education 26 0 4 30
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 9 19 28
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 27 27
Public Relations & Advertising 22 0 0 22
Finance & Financial Management 21 0 0 21
Allied Health Professions 16 0 0 16
Computer Information Systems 15 0 0 15
Recreation Administration 14 0 0 14
Journalism 13 0 0 13
Nursing 12 0 0 12
Geography & Cartography 7 3 2 12
Health & Medical Administrative Services 11 0 0 11
Mathematics 8 0 3 11
Gerontology 0 0 11 11
Criminal Justice & Corrections 7 0 3 10
Economics 3 0 6 9
Quality Control Technology 0 7 0 7
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 7 0 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 0 0 7
Physics 6 0 0 6
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 5 0 0 5
Chemistry 3 0 2 5
Geological & Earth Sciences 5 0 0 5
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 4 4
Computer Engineering Technology 0 4 0 4
Public Health 0 0 4 4
Philosophy 4 0 0 4
Biotechnology 0 0 3 3
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 3 0 3
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 3 0 0 3
Systems Theory 0 0 3 3
Computer Science 2 0 0 2
Teaching English or French 0 2 0 2
Information Technology 1 0 0 1
Writing Studies 0 1 0 1
Mathematics & Computer Science 1 0 0 1
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0
Zoology 0 0 0 0
Construction Management 0 0 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0
General Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,244 106 530 1,880

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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