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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B-
  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 mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,133 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Eastern Illinois acceptance rate is 47%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Communications. Graduating 57% of students, Eastern Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,000.
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
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

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
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Academics

Professors
A-
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.81 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.80 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,133Undergrads
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 50 responses
Report
  • College kid
    60%
  • Helpful
    24%
  • Grounded
    8%
  • Awful
    4%
  • Determined
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.107 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.103 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • Decent
    30%
  • Amazing
    21%
  • Unique
    12%
  • Determined to provide opportunities for success
    9%
  • Life changing
    9%
  • Strong
    7%
  • Wonderful Teachers
    4%

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!
There doesn't seem to be a great deal of student involvement. There seems to be a lot of staff employed who don't lack the capacity to do they job properly ( Specifically in the international/ foreign affairs department). People have lost their visas due to the lack of competency in that department. There are very few professors who actually teach, mainly their concern is their research ( which though is understandable because it can be stressful and lack of research can get you relieved from your position). A lot of my peer, alumni, and international student will admit that a few of the departments are " a joke". But with stating the bad, I must admit there are professors who make your time at Eastern enjoyable, entertaining, and interesting. The ability to meet people from different cultures through different multicultural events is very inviting. Lumpkin and Dounda are beautiful inside and have a lot to offer.