Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University, founded in 1895, is a public university. Its students choose it because, as the smallest public residential university in Illinois, it offers many of the advantages of a private school. For example, students are taught by regular faculty members in small classes on an attractive, compact campus. The 320-acre campus is located in Charleston, 55 miles from Champaign-Urbana.

Website: www.eiu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
5,957
Undergraduate
Students
(60.8%) 3,622 Women
(39.2%) 2,335 Men
1,458
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
47% of 8,420 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.08
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $24,272
Out-of-state: $26,492
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,803
Out-of-state: $14,023
Room and Board
$9,882
Average Percent of Need Met
54%
Average Freshman Award
$13,760
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$30,695
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
419
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 29% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Charleston Population
21,961
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
38% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Panther
Sororities
20% of women participate
Fraternities
16% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.0% Asian
19.1% Black/African-American
7.0% Hispanic/Latino
2.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
67.8% White
2.5% Unknown
International Students
1.8% from 30 countries
First-Year Students Returning
71.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
34.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
22.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives 2  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required August 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
600 Lincoln Avenue
City, State, Zip
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone
(217) 581-2223
Fax
(217) 581-7060
E-mail
admissions@eiu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$30
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for some freshmen
Other
Audition for music program recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
47% of 8,420 applicants were admitted
Women
50% of 4,951 applicants were admitted
Men
43% of 3,469 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,180 (30%) of 3,947 admitted students enrolled
Women
706 (29%) of 2,454 admitted students enrolled
Men
474 (32%) of 1,493 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.08
3.75 and Above
11%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
37%
2.00 - 2.49
11%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
4%
Score of 24 - 29
23%
Score of 18 - 23
58%
Score of 12 - 17
15%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 13%
Top quarter: 33%
Top half: 69%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $24,272
Out-of-state: $26,492
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,803
Out-of-state: $14,023
Room and Board
$9,882
Books and Supplies
$150
Other Expenses
$2,437
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001674
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
593 (93.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
495 (83.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
491 (99.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
37 (7.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
54%
Average Award
$13,760
Need-Based Gift
Received by 395 (80.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,503
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 398 (81.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,542
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 311 (63.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
61 (9.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,575

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
3,693 (85.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
3,017 (81.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,009 (99.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
294 (9.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
57%
Average Award
$13,067
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,355 (78.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,459
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,389 (79.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,521
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,569 (52.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
521 (12.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,671

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
77%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$30,695
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Communication, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Finance, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Sociology
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Technical Teacher Education
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Education, Parks and recreation
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
419
Part-Time Faculty
108
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
63%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 29% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,325,267
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
706
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Human Services, Master of Science, Professional Science Master's, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Art Education
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Community College Education
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Counselor Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Energy Management and Policy
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Gerontology
  • History
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public History
  • School Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Student Affairs
  • Sustainable Development
  • Systems Science

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Charleston Population
21,961
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
320 acres

Weather

Temperature
15.9 average low in January, 83.9 average high in September
Rain
126 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Charleston
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Mattoon

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
38% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
62%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
AlertEIU and warning sirens, self-defense education, shuttle buses, lighted pathways and sidewalks

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Panther
School Colors
Blue and gray

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Rugby x x    
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Rugby x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Rugby    
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
racquetball, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, wrestling
Men's Club Sports
ice hockey, racquetball, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, greek organizations, black student union, intramural sports, university board, religious student organizations
Sororities
20% of women participate
Fraternities
16% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
5,957
Women
3,622 (60.8%)
Men
2,335 (39.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
5,133
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.0% Asian
19.1% Black/African-American
7.0% Hispanic/Latino
2.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
67.8% White
2.5% Unknown
International Students.
1.8% from 30 countries
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
1,458

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
71.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
34.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
52.9%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
57.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
72%
Average Starting Salary
72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
22.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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