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- Campus FoodB-
- Student LifeB+
Eastern Illinois is an above-average public university located in Charleston, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,091 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Eastern Illinois acceptance rate is 55%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Graduating 58% of students, Eastern Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,400.
NCAA Division I-FCS
Ohio Valley Conference
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.77 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities194 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science120 Graduates
Family Studies and Consumer Sciences111 Graduates
Management Sciences and Information Systems55 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.111 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.107 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.62 responses
Eastern Illinois University Reviews
Eastern Illinois University has been an amazing experience! Everyone here has been very welcoming and helpful to my during my time here. The campus is very cute and I love the atmosphere here! There are so many different kinds of people here and the teachers are so understanding. I'll definitely be here for the rest of my schooling. Everything was made as easy as they could make it for me, always helping me with whatever I needed. The transition was pretty easy for me.
Eastern Illinois University is a great institution, particularly in the fields of Education and Journalism. The classes are small, which fosters a close relationship with professors, who truly care about their students. Students and staff are also incredibly friendly and always willing to help; they really make you feel at home. The only con would be the location, especially for those who prefer living closer to a large urban area. Besides college parties and local bars, there isn't much to do around town. However, the area is very safe and the Jimmy John's restaurant was founded here by an EIU alumnus. For those die-hard football fans, the football team is not actually good, although Tony Romo and Jimmy G both went to EIU. I'm only giving it 4 stars due to its location, but you won't regret it if you choose to become a Panther!
Eastern Illinois University has the most amazing atmosphere! With small class sizes, everyone gets a more personal education. The campus is beautiful, especially in the fall. The people are welcoming.