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Eastern Illinois University

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Founded in 1895, Eastern Illinois University (EIU) is a comprehensive state university located in Charleston, Illinois. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It has consistently been recognized as one of the top Midwestern public universities by U.S. News & World Report, and has been named one of The Princeton Review’s Best Midwestern Colleges. The university is divided into seven schools: the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Sciences, the Honors College, the School of Continuing Education, the College of Education and Professional Studies, and the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences. Eastern offers 47 bachelor’s and 27 master’s degree programs in education, business, arts, sciences, and humanities. There are also six post-baccalaureate certificate programs. The most popular majors at Eastern include: business, education, English, and liberal arts & sciences, and humanities.

Academic support services and other programs include the Center for Academic Support and Achievement, the Office of Minority Affairs, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Office of Study Abroad.

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Applicants must complete the (online or paper) application form and submit a personal statement explaining his or her plans to achieve academic excellence at the university. Students must also submit official high school transcripts, an official SAT or ACT score report, and letters of recommendation from academic instructors and counselors. The deadline for submitting an application is rolling, but space is limited and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Check with the Office of Admissions for more information, such as the priority application deadline.

Graduate students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admissions for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.

Financial Aid

Eastern offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. More than 50 percent of the university’s undergraduate students receive some form of state, federal, private, or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students at the university include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The university also has a limited number of scholarships and awards that come directly from the school. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The priority filing deadline date is March 1. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process.

The university also has a special textbook rental program, which saves students an average of several hundreds of dollars per semester. The rental fee is included in the school’s regular tuition and fees.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 953rd for the average student loan amount.
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More than 40 percent of the students at EIU live on campus in one of the twelve residence halls, fraternity housing, or in the University Apartments. Six of the residence halls are co-ed, while four are only for female students and two are only for male students. Each year, the residence halls participate in competitions and community service activities. The Residential Learning Communities in the residence halls help students succeed academically and socially, while giving them the opportunity to explore leadership, social justice, and community engagement opportunities. Interesting aspects of the Residential Learning Communities include Panther House Calls, during which faculty and staff visit the residence halls and interact with students so that they get to know one another better. The Charleston Chew Program allows students to invite faculty members to eat with them in one of the residential dining centers. University Housing & Dining Services sponsors this program by covering the cost of the faculty member’s meal.

Eastern has more than 230 recognized student organizations. They include academic, political, social, athletic, student government, religious, service, multicultural, and honor groups. Greek Life is a huge part of the university’s student life, with nearly 30 active fraternities and sororities on campus. Popular programs and special events that are held annually include Family Weekend, Quakin’ the Quad, First Night, Up All Nites, Homecoming Week, concerts, Pantherpalooza, Pantherstock, MBEIU Pageant, and the iLEAD workshop series.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Known as the Panthers and sporting the school’s colors of blue and gray, the university’s intercollegiate teams compete at the NCAA Division I level, with the exception of the football team, which competes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. The following teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference: football; men’s and women’s basketball; baseball; softball; men’s and women’s golf; men’s and women’s cross country; men’s and women’s tennis; men’s and women’s soccer; men’s and women’s swimming; men’s and women’s indoor & outdoor track and field; and volleyball. The men’s soccer team competes in the Missouri Valley conference, while the women’s rugby team is independent. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participate in the Summit League.

Intramural sports available include basketball, softball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, volleyball, walleyball, dodgeball, wiffleball, kickball, flag football, flickerball, and indoor soccer.

The Student Recreation Center has a fully equipped fitness center with aerobic, cardiovascular, and weight equipment; 6 indoor basketball/volleyball courts; an eighth-mile jogging track; a dance studio; and a lounge.


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Information Summary

Ranks 12th in Illinois and 358th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 7 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 23 0.21

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 32 0.15
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 8 0.04
Robbery 6 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 58 0.26
Larceny 183 0.84
Vehicle theft 10 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Charleston, IL 61920
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population24,572 (21,200 urban / 3,372 rural)
Households9,035 (2.28 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,034
Families4,402 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1715

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 542nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,132 $8,132 $24,861
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,654 $2,654 $2,654
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $267 $267 $809
FT Graduate Tuition $6,792 $6,792 $16,296
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,468 $2,468 $2,468
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $283 $283 $679
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,138 $25,138 $42,118
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,776 $24,776 $41,756
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,152 $16,152 $33,132

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,534 $10,930 $10,534 $10,930 $26,674 $27,670
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $120 $300
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,884 $9,174
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,590 $3,124
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $9,920
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,124
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $3,927

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,881 (3,155 male / 4,726 female)
Admitted 4,879 (1,864 male / 3,015 female)
Admission rate 62%
First-time Enrollment 1,333 (512 male / 821 female)
FT Enrollment 1,329 (508 male / 821 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (4 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment9,775

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ohio Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

872nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

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 Capacity4,672
Meals per Week15
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1203rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,984 ($77,160 male / $63,265 female)
Number of FT Faculty 571 (315 male / 256 female)
Number of PT Faculty 711
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $47,582,619

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