B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Eastern Illinois University is ...
Public
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
47%
Application Deadline
August 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$14,788/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,559/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,695/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,967/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,853/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,673/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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.78 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.77 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,255Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • College kid
    60%
  • Helpful
    26%
  • Grounded
    9%
  • Awful
    4%
  • Determined
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.104 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.100 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 64 responses
Report
  • Decent
    31%
  • Amazing
    20%
  • Unique
    13%
  • Life changing
    9%
  • Determined to provide opportunities for success
    8%
  • Strong
    8%
  • Average
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
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 has one of the most positive environments out of any school that I've visited and attended. The location is great, with many stores, activities, and resources within walking distance of campus, and there is always something fun to do. Eastern offers a wide variety of majors, so there is sure to be something there that you'll like, and the majority of the professors are very knowledgeable and willing to help their students to succeed. It's also a very safe campus with a very supportive student body as well as blue emergency polls that alert people to trouble and let you call the campus police. I couldn't imagine attending any other school. In some ways, Eastern feels more like home to me than my own house does!
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Eastern Illinois University has been a great help to me. They offer so many RSO's that an individual can get involved with and meet new people. The most important thing that I noticed about EIU right away, is that the faculty and staff treat you like family before you ever make a decision. EIU has done an awesome job at welcoming me, providing me with an awesome education, and making a difference in my life! Coming to EIU was one of the best decisions ever!
I am a second semester Freshman at Eastern Illinois University pursuing a degree in Music Education. So far my time at Eastern has been tough, but memorable. Many think college is just a place to come party and occasionally go to class. However, it is true that you must go to class to pass, and many of your professors expect you to show up.
When it comes to the food, expect to only be eating chicken strips or tacos for the four years that you are here. It seems to be that those are the only meals that the dining halls can prepare.
In terms of campus safety, we have had a few incidents on campus/in Charleston this past fall, but overall you can feel safe when walking back to your residence at night from the library.
All in all, if you are looking for a small campus with that small town feel, then I highly recommend EIU for you. However, if you are longing for the big university in a city feel, I would look somewhere else.