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Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University Rating: 4.1/5 (23 votes)

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Introduction

Regarded as one of the Midwest’s best universities, Eastern Michigan University (EMU) offers an excellent academic experience and great value. The main campus is located in Ypsilanti, less than an hour outside the Motor City. It was originally established as Michigan State Normal School in 1849. Since then it has undergone several name changes, such as Michigan State Normal College in 1899; Eastern Michigan College in 1956; and finally receiving its current name of Eastern Michigan University in 1959.

Academics

Eastern Michigan is governed by an eight-member Board of Regents, who are selected by the governor of Michigan for a period of eight years. It belongs to the Mid-American Conference and is accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools.

Each year, the university enrolls more than 17,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students pursuing various degrees and programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Undergraduate students have a choice of more than 200 majors and minors, whereas graduate students can choose from over 170 programs.

The university property includes an academic and athletic campus that covers nearly 800 acres with over 120 buildings. The buildings include several sculptures by Corrado Parducci. Over the years, the campus has grown with the addition of new facilities such as:

  • Terrestrial and Aquatic Research Facility
  • The Convocation Center
  • The Bruce T. Halle Library
  • The John W. Porter College of Education Building
  • The Everett L. Marshall College of Health and Human Services Building
  • The Village residence hall
  • University House

Schools and Colleges

The university comprises eight academic divisions that impart education in diverse areas of study. The divisions are: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business; College of Education; College of Health and Human Services; College of Technology; and Honors College.

EMU also provides education through its other sites in Brighton, Detroit, Flint, Jackson, Livonia, Monroe, Northern Michigan, and the Kresge Environmental Center.

EMU Online

Offering quality education that students can pursue at their convenience, EMU Online programs are tailored to meet the requirements of working professionals. Students can learn from almost anywhere: office, home, hotel room, or practically anywhere in the world. The classes are taught by well-qualified EMU instructors.

The EMU online program is completed entirely through Internet. Everything from registration, library access, discussions, paying student bills, to assignments and exams are accessible at the click of the mouse.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

EMU takes students on a sliding scale that is primarily based on a combination of high school grade point average, and ACT or SAT score. Transferring to the school is relatively easy, as the university welcomes qualified students from other colleges.

EMU invites students from all 50 states and over 70 foreign countries. The international students add to the diversity of the campus community. Applicants with citizenship outside the U.S. and who have attended any high school or college outside the U.S. are considered as international students.

Financial Aid

Eastern Michigan offers a wide range of financial aid to students in the form of federal grants, state grants, scholarships, and loans. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid at EMU must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal grants students may qualify for include the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant, Pell Grant, SMART Grant, and TEACH Grant.

State grants offered to eligible students include the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS), Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, and KCP (King-Chavez -Parks) Future Faculty Fellowship.

Some of the private scholarships available at the university are the AAL Endowed Scholarship, Adelson-NSDAR Endowed Scholarship, Alpha Sigma Tau Endowed Scholarship, Band Endowed Scholarship, Westerman Endowed Scholarship, and Transfer Scholarship.

Loans are a form of financial aid that needs to be repaid. The different types offered to students at EMU are Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, Perkins Loans, and private loans from non-governmental organizations.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3405th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Student life boasts diversity and students have an enormous variety of on- and off-campus opportunities to explore. There are several student organizations and clubs such as Adventist Students for Christ (ASC), African Students Association (ASA), Campus Life Involvement Corps (IC), Muslim Student Organization, Phi Theta Kappa, Delta Sigma Phi (Delt Sig), Eagle Radio (WQBR), Game Development Club (GDC), and Honors Student Association (HSA).

EMU has an active Greek life on campus. There are several fraternities and sororities governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, National Panhellenic Conference, and Interfraternity Council. Some of them are: Delta Tau Delta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Nu Phi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Phi Beta.

Media and Publications

The Eastern Echo is the university’s independent student newspaper, which is published thrice a week during the fall and winter semesters, and once a week during the spring semester.

Eastern Magazine is an online magazine that gives news updates, information regarding the University, alumni relations, student life, etc. EMU Today is the university newspaper, and e-Edge is the weekly newsletter.

WEMU 89.1 FM is Eastern Michigan’s public radio station, which started in 1965 as a 10-watt radio station. Over the years, it has evolved into a 16,000-watt and a 24-hour jazz station for southeastern Michigan.

Campus Facilities

Eastern Michigan houses more than ten on-campus residence halls, including Buell Hall, Putnam Hall, Sellers Hall, Phelps Hall, and Hoyt Tower. Thousands of students live off-campus in private rental homes or multifamily apartment communities situated close to the campus. While EMU is mainly a commuter campus, the school provides numerous co-curricular activities. Students can join the several on-campus organizations and clubs, some of which operate even during breaks.

EMU’s campus is strategically situated close to Depot Town, Ypsilanti’s historic shopping area, where students can enjoy homemade ice cream, games of pool, and live music. Washtenaw Avenue, easily accessible from the south end of the campus, houses several coffee shops and restaurants where students like to study, eat, and participate in the live performances.

EMU houses several dining and satellite operations throughout the campus. The major dining facilities on campus include the Commons (DC1), the Eateries, Crossroads Marketplace, and the Student Center. There are satellite operations known as Eagle Cafes. The Eagle Cafes can be found in Marshall, Sill, Alexander, Mckenny Hall, and the College of Business (COB). The university has several convenience stores situated across campus. These include CrossRoads Marketplace, Lobby Shop, Eagle Café, and QuickFixx.

The popular campus hangouts are Big Bob’s Lake House near the center of campus, the McKenny Lounge in McKenny Union, the Olds/Robb Recreation and Intramural Sports center, King Hall Multicultural Lounge, and the Student Center Sky Lounge. The off-campus hangouts are Depot Town, Frog Island, Riverside Park, and The Ugly Mug coffee shop.

Library

The Bruce T. Halle Library is a four-story facility on campus within a ten-minute walk from all the residence halls. The library houses study spaces, computer labs, a distance-learning classroom, the Faculty Development Center, the Holman Learning Center, the university archives, the IT Help Desk, a theater, an auditorium, a multi-media area, the carillon tower, the Paradox Cafe, and the Eagle Radio studio. It has one of the largest collections of children’s literature in the nation. The building has full wireless connectivity.

Nightlife

EMU offers a plethora of activities and events to enjoy after dark. Students can either participate or enjoy being a spectator. Campus nightlife offers fun events like Lyric Lounge, Poetry Open Mic, Friday Night Movies, Campus Bash, Laugh Lounge, Indie Lounge, Sky Lounge, Storytellers Lounge, and Snack & Study.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Eastern Michigan has both men’s and women’s teams, which take part in a wide variety of varsity sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, wrestling, football, golf, and swimming and diving. The teams are nicknamed the Eagles, and their colors are green and white. EMU teams have been members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) of the NCAA since 1972. The school mascot is Swoop.

The Eagles have won three NCAA Division II national championships and over 12 NAIA Division I national championships in five different sports.

The athletic facilities at EMU include the Chippewa Club, EagleCrest Golf Course, Bowen Field House, Convocation Center, Ford Lake, Jones Natatorium, Oestrike Stadium, Indoor Practice Facility, Oestrike Stadium, Scicluna Field, Varsity Field, and Warner Gym.

Intramural Sports

Eastern Michigan offers a wide variety of recreational and intramural sports programs. Students can participate in club sports such as club bowling, club tennis, Detroit mixed martial arts, dodgeball, EMU club hockey, eagle paintball club, women’s lacrosse, roller hockey, and more.

Alumni

EMU graduates have earned success and fame in many areas of expertise. Some of the notable alumni are:

  • Andrew Blackbird, historian and Ottawa tribe leader
  • Charles Edward St. John, astronomer
  • Warren Defever, rock musician
  • Larry Warren, CEO of Howard University Hospital
  • Charles E. Potter, U.S. Senator from Michigan
  • Dann Florek, actor
  • Charlie Batch, National Football League (NFL) player

Information Summary

Ranks 26th in Michigan and 829th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Michigan and 212th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.02
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson 7 0.03
Burglary 19 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 59 0.25

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 105 0.54
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 17 0.09
Robbery 39 0.20
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 266 1.37
Larceny 498 2.56
Vehicle theft 47 0.24

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population55,520 (51,402 urban / 4,118 rural)
Households21,681 (2.32 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,171
Families11,366 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2612

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 850th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,989 $7,989 $23,534
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,375 $1,375 $1,375
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $266 $266 $784
FT Graduate Tuition $11,180 $11,180 $22,039
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,120 $1,120 $1,120
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $466 $466 $918
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,756 $20,756 $36,301
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,162 $20,162 $35,707
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,522 $13,522 $29,067

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,684 $9,026 $8,684 $9,026 $23,096 $24,008
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,727 $7,884
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,158(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,880 $7,200
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,498(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,258(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 11,929 (4,808 male / 7,121 female)
Admitted 7,632 (2,959 male / 4,673 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 2,636 (1,084 male / 1,552 female)
FT Enrollment 2,612 (1,077 male / 1,535 female)
PT Enrollment 24 (7 male / 17 female)
Total Enrollment23,447

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-American Conference

ACT Test Admission

874th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

680th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 7%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1140

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,688
Meals per Week18
Room Fee$4,100
Board Fee$4,497

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 291 617 123 133 24 3,167 238 4,630
Accounting 29 14 4 12 100 12 171
Accounting and Related Services, Other 1 1 2
Actuarial Science 1 3 4
Adult Development and Aging 1 1 7 9
African-American/Black Studies 3 1 4
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 7 7
American Literature (United States) 1 1
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 11 11
Anthropology 4 2 1 18 2 27
Applied Economics 2 3 5
Aquatic Biology/Limnology 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4 4
Art Teacher Education 1 9 10
Art/Art Studies, General 2 3 4 2 40 4 56
Artificial Intelligence
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 1 9 1 13
Auditing 2 1 3
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 2 1 8 12
Biochemistry 1 7 1 9
Bioinformatics 1 1
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 2
Biology Teacher Education 1 7 8
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 6 3 3 1 53 5 74
Business Administration and Management, General 12 30 4 11 1 104 12 175
Business Teacher Education 2 2
Business/Commerce, General 4 1 27 3 35
Business/Managerial Economics 1 4 5
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 7 18 25
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 10 1 1 21 3 36
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2 1 1 12 1 17
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 2 8 1 11
Clinical Psychology 2 1 1 19 23
Clinical and Industrial Drug Development 18 1 2 4 25
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 6 1 11 18
Communications Technology/Technician 1 2 12 2 17
Community College Education 3 3 6
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Computer Science 9 1 1 1 11 2 26
Computer Teacher Education
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 3 7 1 12
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 4 3 7 1 15
Construction Management 2 1 28 3 34
Counseling Psychology 4 8 12
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 12 1 14
Creative Writing 3 1 14 3 21
Criminology 33 7 2 1 74 4 121
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis 1 1
Dance, General 5 5
Dietetics/Dietitian 2 1 24 5 32
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 5 1 1 30 1 40
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 1 1 2 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 1 22 2 27
Economics, General 2 1 12 1 16
Economics, Other
Education, General
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 8 8
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 3 1 1 22 2 29
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 1 2 3
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 2 1 51 3 57
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments 2 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 5 5
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 1 1 2 28 1 33
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 1 2 3
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement 1 2 3
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 5 6 11
Educational Psychology 1 17 2 20
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 2 15 17
Educational/Instructional Technology 11 11
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 5 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 4 1 2 92 4 104
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1 1 4 8
Engineering/Industrial Management 9 10 2 2 45 3 71
English Language and Literature, General 1 8 5 37 1 54
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 1 1 49 1 55
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 3 2 1 18 1 25
Environmental Studies 1 1
Exercise Physiology 2 2 22 1 27
Fashion Merchandising 1 3 1 1 14 1 21
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 8 1 1 33 1 44
Finance, General 19 7 2 7 33 1 71
Fine and Studio Arts Management 1 3 4
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 1 9 12
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 1 10 1 13
Foreign Language Teacher Education 1 2 1 4
French Language Teacher Education 3 3
French Language and Literature 1 1 2
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 5 8 1 14
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 1 2
Geography 5 17 1 23
Geography Teacher Education 4 4
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 9 1 12
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature
Gerontology 3 1 14 18
Health Teacher Education 3 1 6 2 12
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 6 8
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 4 30 1 3 60 4 103
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 8 2 23 1 35
Historic Preservation and Conservation 1 24 2 27
History Teacher Education 1 1 2
History, General 6 1 1 49 6 64
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 2 9 11
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 6 1 1 29 1 38
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 36 14 5 2 42 4 104
Industrial Technology/Technician 2 12 1 15
Information Resources Management 1 1
Information Science/Studies
Interior Design 1 1 16 18
International Business/Trade/Commerce 9 5 3 8 2 27
International Economics 1 2 3
International Relations and Affairs 3 1 8 2 14
Japanese Language and Literature 1 1 8 1 11
Journalism 4 1 1 7 4 18
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 4 1 37 1 45
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 17 1 19
Linguistics 9 1 3 10 2 25
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 2 1 30 34
Management Information Systems, General 24 2 22 48
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 8 13 8 3 63 9 106
Mathematics Teacher Education 7 38 2 47
Mathematics, General 2 2 1 3 23 2 34
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 1 13 1 16
Molecular Biology 4 3 1 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 42 4 4 3 101 12 172
Multicultural Education 1 1
Music Pedagogy 1 1
Music Performance, General 3 6 9
Music Teacher Education 15 3 18
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music Therapy/Therapist 1 1 1 1 4
Music, General 1 1 1 6 9
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 1 1 1 5 8
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 2 1 47 3 55
Office Management and Supervision 1 1 1 11 14
Orthotist/Prosthetist 1 1 1 1 18 2 24
Philosophy 1 9 1 11
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 16 2 18
Physics Teacher Education 4 4
Physics, General 1 4 5
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician 3 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 6 22 1 30
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Psychology, General 2 30 5 5 1 124 8 176
Public Administration 16 2 3 37 2 61
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 1 1 3 5
Public Health Education and Promotion 3 3
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 1
Public Relations/Image Management 5 1 15 4 25
Quality Control Technology/Technician 2 8 1 3 21 3 38
Reading Teacher Education 1 2 44 5 52
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 31 3 9 140 8 192
Rhetoric and Composition
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 22 2 25
Science, Technology and Society 2 1 1 2 45 1 53
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 31 1 33
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 14 2 56 2 74
Social Sciences, General 6 24 1 32
Social Sciences, Other 2 2
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1 1 39 3 45
Social Work 54 4 2 3 130 2 200
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1 1 6 8
Sociology 8 2 12 22
Spanish Language Teacher Education 3 3
Spanish Language and Literature 4 1 6 2 13
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 6 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 34 3 2 62 11 116
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 3 28 1 32
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 9 1 24 3 39
Statistics, General 1 2 3 6
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 1
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 1 1
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 7 11 18
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 2 1 3
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management 1 3 1 5
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 1 1 1 7 10
Toxicology 1 1 2
Women's Studies 3 11 2 16
Writing, General 1 16 17

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 744th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,680 ($83,835 male / $72,200 female)
Number of FT Faculty 751 (372 male / 379 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,356
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $30,430,981
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