Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL, USA
3.83 Average Rating

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.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town

0
100
52%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision August 15, 2019 May 1, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
87%
Out-Of-State Students
7%
97%
Submitting ACT
Average ACT Composite: 20
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1045
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
7,030
Total Number of Undergrads
5,568
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
55%
20-39 Students
39%
40-99 Students
4%
0
100
32%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
58%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
14:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$14,841
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$11,649
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$14,014
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,882
Books and Supplies
$150

Aid & Grants

0
100
55%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
40%
Average Aid Per Year
$8,497
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
40%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,518
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,137

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
72%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,872
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$17,879
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$247
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
40%
60%
Student Organizations
196
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
30%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Panthers
School Colors
Blue/Grey
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Ohio Valley Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Chicago
Urbana
Saint Louis
Decatur
Springfield
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
56%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$46,000
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What Students Are Saying

3.83 Average Rating
Eastern is a very well rounded school. everyone is genuinely very positive. and just expect to have fun.
hudson
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.
Mariam from Nigeria
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