Overview

Applicants
8,918
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average HS GPA
3.05

GPA Breakdown

11%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
37%
2.50 - 2.99
12%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

ACT Composite
19 - 24

Deadlines


Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
665
with Terminal Degree
399

340
Men
325
Women
83
Minority
11
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
33%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other

  • Education

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Technical Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Industrial Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Barbara Baurer
COO, Country Insurance & Financial Services

Sean Payton
Head Coach, New Orleans Saints

Joe Fatheree
National Teacher of the of the Year; Illinois Teacher

Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy
Executive Director, National Association of Student Personnel Administrator

Gordon Grado
Founder & Medical Dir., Southwest Oncology Centers; Noted Cancer Researcher

Matthew Polenzani
Tenor, New York Metropolitan Opera

Joni Comstock
Senior VP, NCAA

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,431

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,447

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,201

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,219

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
81%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,431

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,550
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$10,680
Required Fees
$2,762
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,144
Transportation for Commuters
$2,330

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,640
Out of State
4%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

18.82%
African-American
5.52%
Hispanic
70.58%
Caucasian
1.82%
Unknown

60% female
40% male
4% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
38%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Kathy Waggoner

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Adult normed Educational Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Completion of our ADHD documentation form by a licensed mental health professional

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
204
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
13

20% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Panthers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Panthers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

With all of its sustainability initiatives coming to fruition, Eastern Illinois University is proving why it was “green before it became a buzzword.” A recent member of the Tree Campus USA, the campus is committed to planting and maintaining trees, as well as providing service-learning opportunities for interested students. The school’s vision is that “knowledge and experience shared through responsible campus-wide involvement in utilities conservation promotes a lifelong commitment to preserving precious natural resources for future generations.” Since implementing recycling practices, more than 1 million pounds of waste have been diverted from landfills each year for the past twelve years, while cutting yearly waste production from 4.1 million pounds to 3.2 million during that same span. Reinforcing its dedication to sustainability, Eastern Illinois signed the Illinois Sustainable University Compact and adopted numerous provisions. Performance contracts have cut energy consumption by 33 percent and potable water consumption by a stunning 55 percent due to the use of campus pond water to maintain athletic facilities’ turf. Recycling programs have been implemented in every building across campus, and 90 percent of cleaning products are Green Seal-certified. In 2011, the school celebrated the opening of its Renewable Energy Center, utilizing biomass gasification that replaced the former coal plant that had fueled the campus for almost eighty years. Research projects range from converting synthesis gas into renewable energy to examining sociological and environmental issues surrounding the use of biomass as an energy source.

Green Rating
89
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
238

Average Number of PC's per Lab
35

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Agreements with CIM Technology Solutions; Midwest Computer Products, Inc.; CDW-Government; Apple Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Co; Matrix Integration LLC; Software House International; AT&T; Torrey Point Group LLC; Dell; HP; Xerox.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Karenlee Spencer
Open House Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

Phone
217-581-2223

Email
kspencer@eiu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Doudna Fine Arts Center
Old Main
Martin Luther King Jr. University Union
Booth Library
Student Recreation Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
Fox Ridge State Park
Thomas Lincoln Cemetery
Lake Charleston
Douglas-Hart Nature Center

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Sat.; counselors are available Mon-Fri to speak with prospective students

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
For visit with faculty contact admissions@eiu.edu; for coach contact please contact coach directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.eiupanthers.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Mattoon Illinois, located just 10 miles west of Charleston, connects the area with bus service to Chicago, Carbondale, and New Orleans. Mattoon also connects the area with rail service to Chicago, Carbondale, and New Orleans. Williard Airport in Urbana provides connecting flights to Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis. Shuttle bus service to locations around town.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Eastern Illinois University can be accessed through exit 190A on Interstate 57. From I-57, follow Route 16 east for approximately 7 miles. Route 16 becomes Lincoln Avenue when you reach Charleston. You will find EIU on Lincoln Avenue where you will see Old Main, which is the northern most point of campus. Visitors to campus can turn right on 7th Street and enter the circle drive on the east end of Old Main. Parking permits are available in the Office of Admissions, located at 1230 Old Main. Parking is available in the X lot located on the west side of 7th Street.

Local Accommodations
The Charleston/Mattoon area offers a variety of Hotels close to the Eastern Illinois University campus. Below is a listing of accommodations for you to choose from. The information listed is provided as a service and is not intended as an individual endorsement. When making your reservation, inquire about possible discounts for prospective EIU students. The U Hotel (920 W. Lincoln, Charleston, 217-348-8161); Comfort Suites (Rt. 16 & I-57, Mattoon, 217-235-6745); Days Inn (810 W. Lincoln, Charleston, 217-345-7689); Days Inn (300 Broadway Ave East, Mattoon, 217-234-8600); McGrady Inn (803 6th St, Charleston, 217-348-8258/217-348-8259); Baymont Inn & Suites (Rt. 16 East, Mattoon, 217-234-2355); Super 8 Motel (Rt. 16 East, Mattoon, 217-234-4267); Holiday Inn Express (121 Swords Dr., Mattoon, 217-235-2060); Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center (4922 Paradise Rd., Mattoon, 217-235-0222); The Osage Inn, Log Home Bed and Breakfast (13444 E. Co. Rd. 720 N., Charleston, 217-345-2622); Queen Anne's on Seventh Street, Bed and Breakfast (899 7th St., Charleston, 217-345-1288); Bethany House, Bed and Breakfast (13975 E. Co. Rd. 720 N., Charleston, 217-345-5005); Greenup Inn (400 S. Huaghton Hwy, Greenup, 217-923-5512); Arcola Flower Patch & Diamond House, Bed and Breakfast (225 & 229 E Jefferson, Arcola, 217-268-4876).
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Key Stats

8,918
Applicants
7,640
Size
50%
Acceptance Rate

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