Eastern Illinois University is a 4-year institution in Charleston featuring four colleges on a 320-acre campus. EIU offers 60 bachelor’s degrees, which can be complemented by any of the 85 minors offered, as well as four areas of undergraduate study: biology, economics, sociology, and art. Students can venture off campus utilizing EIU’s 200 study abroad programs, which range from faculty-led to an entire academic year abroad in places such as Barcelona, Berlin, and Edinburgh. Eastern Illinois’ campus maintains 11 dormitories and 2 apartment complexes, which offer themed floors, Residential Learning Communities, and Greek life. EIU is also home to the Renewable Energy Center and the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education.
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+ amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
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The most underrated university I've looked into as a student and an athlete. The town that surrounds the school is yes, very small, but there's a lot more out there than you would think; I personally come from a big city such as Chicago, and I was worried that Charleston wouldn't have the stores and restaurants that I'm used to; however, they actually have them all, except for Target. EIU is a 10/10 for me, but everyone has a school for them; EIU is a small and humbling school with big opportunities.
Jaime from Chicago, IL
Eastern is a very well rounded school. everyone is genuinely very positive. and just expect to have fun.
Eastern is a very small university. The professors care about teaching over research. The community is very safe and caring.
Brooke from St. Joseph, IL
Eastern is a comforting and welcoming environment for students from all walks of life. Campus is easy to navigate and has some pretty awesome sunsets. Resources provided to students are helpful.