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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
Eastern Illinois is an above-average public university located in Charleston, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,319 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Eastern Illinois acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Communications. Graduating 56% of students, Eastern Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,400.
About Eastern Illinois University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ohio Valley Conference
Address
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Website
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Eastern Illinois University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
52%
Application Deadline
August 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$14,107/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,497/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.77 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.83 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.82 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,319Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,249
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • College kid
    62%
  • Helpful
    23%
  • Grounded
    8%
  • Awful
    4%
  • Determined
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.109 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.105 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Decent
    29%
  • Amazing
    20%
  • Unique
    12%
  • Determined to provide opportunities for success
    10%
  • Life changing
    9%
  • Strong
    7%
  • Wonderful Teachers
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.62 responses
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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!
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I enjoy the atmosphere and the students. My only problem is, many of the professors don't care about the well being of their students. They are just working because of tenure or working for a pay check. Of the 8 professors I have had so far at EIU, only 2 of them seemed to care about their students and their multiplicities. The regular counselors before the counselors in your major are seemingly clueless on what classes you should take for your major and sometimes harm more than help. Several of the websites, apps, and course lists are severely outdated. But, if you want a good atmosphere and small campus, EIU is for you!
Eastern Illinois University provides a great experience for students wanting a safe community, a great education, and small class sizes. Instructors are friendly and helpful!