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  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 4,091 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.
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ohio Valley Conference

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.

EIU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
55%
Application Deadline
August 15
SAT Range
920-1110
ACT Range
18-22
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,168/ 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
$9,641/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.77 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
12
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
12
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    71%
  • Online
    9%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,091Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,921
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 53 responses
Report
  • College kid
    60%
  • Helpful
    25%
  • Grounded
    8%
  • Awful
    4%
  • Determined
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.111 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.107 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • Decent
    28%
  • Amazing
    21%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Determined to provide opportunities for success
    10%
  • Life changing
    8%
  • Strong
    7%
  • Wonderful Teachers
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
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 Reviews

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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.
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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!
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.