Eastern Illinois University - [EIU], Illinois, Charleston

    Charleston, IllinoisLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    Estd 1895established year

    Eastern Illinois University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Founded in 1895, Eastern Illinois University is a public university that was located in Charleston, United States. The institute is a top-ranked public regional institute in the US Education System renowned for offering over 80 bachelor's and master's degrees in fields of education, business, arts, sciences, and humanities.

    The institute enrolls more than 6,000 undergraduates across its lush campus spread in the area of 320 acres. It uses an academic calendar based on semesters. Based at approximately 180 miles south of Chicago and about 140 miles northeast of St Louis, Eastern Illinois is based in Charleston. EIU aims to provide quality teaching experience to all of its students with a faculty ratio of 14:1.

    With an acceptance rate of nearly 55%, admissions at Eastern Illinois University are moderately competitive and are available in the intakes of Fall and Spring. An impressive employment rate and its students landing some of the high paying jobs in the country within 6 months of graduating makes it a coveted choice for studying in the USA.

    Eastern Illinois University Rankings

    Eastern Illinois University offers diverse career options in various concentrations. Moreover, the Rankings are worth considering before applying:

    • In the 2021 version of Best Schools, Eastern Illinois University ranking in Midwest Regional Universities was #40.
    • Among US Universities, Eastern Illinois University is ranked #375th by Times Higher Education.
    • Eastern Illinois has been given #5th spot in Top Public Universities in Illinois by Niche.
    • Among Best Professors Universities Eastern Illinois has secured #11th spot among 58 colleges.


    Type of institution Public
    Establishment Year 1895
    Location Charleston, Illinois
    Campus setting Urban
    Total enrollment 7,415
    The student to faculty ratio 14:1
    Calendar Semester pattern
    Acceptance rate 55%
    Financial aid Scholarship, grants, and loans

    Eastern Illinois University Campus and Accommodation

    • Eastern Illinois University is located at 600 Lincoln Ave ,Charleston, Illinois. EIU spread across 320 acres.
    • The university consists of administration building, academic building, department building, Booth library, housing facilities, Arts center, University court and police.
    • Eastern Illinois University houses more than 100 student organizations labeled variedly under Religious, Multicultural, Service, Academic and more titles.
    • Student Support Services at EIU include Building Service Workers, Central Stores, Mail Services, SPC Crew among others.
    • A few main campus events include Homecoming, Family Weekend, Miss Black EIU Beauty Pageant.
    • Students have access to the Booth Library on campus.
    • The institute also has a Student Recreation Center serving more than 2,000 students daily with a fitness centre, six Indoor courts, jogging track, and dance studio.

    Housing facilities/Residence

    The institute offers housing across 11 residence halls, Greek Court, University Court and University Apartments. Hall council, the National Residence Hall Honorary, or the Residence Hall Association are the organizations that help the housing team and student services staff to reach out for guidance.

    Facilities of housing are provided among these below-mentioned halls and places–

    • Andrews hall is a female-only accommodation with laundry services on each floor.
    • Douglas Hall is a housing option for male students only, having 4 floors with common sharing facilities.
    • Stevenson Hall is a 10-story building containing semi-private bathrooms with three-bedroom apartments and a living-room. The building is ideal for students aged 21 years. In single-gender or mixed-gender rooms, both men and women can dwell.
    • University Apartments are fully furnished apartments designed to meet the requirements of students with families and single students.
    • Amenities and services included in housing at EIU are Laundry services, Work Orders, TV channel line-up, Internet access, Movies on Demand, Linens and blankets.

    Eastern Illinois University Courses

    • The institute offers a variety of courses for international students including majors and minors in the fields of arts and humanities, business and applied sciences, education and professional studies, and the sciences.
    • EIU has 32 graduate degree programs. Some of the famous programs are arts, biochemistry, biotechnology, business administration, chemistry, communication studies, and cybersecurity.
    • The delivery method has 3 ways; Online, On-campus, and Hybrid.
    • The programs are divided into five departments and are provided across 7 different colleges, namely:
      • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
      • College of Education
      • College of Health and Human Services
      • Lumpkin College of Business and Technology
      • Graduate School
      • Pine Honors College
      • School of Extending Learning

    Eastern Illinois University Application Process

    International students who want to seek admissions at the Eastern Illinois University for the various graduate and undergraduate programs can go through the below-mentioned details before applying to the university.

    How to apply?

    Undergraduate Admissions

    Application Portal: Students need to apply via university portal.

    Application Fee: No application fee is charged

    The undergraduate admission process must be followed as per the following requirements:

    1. A complete application
    2. High School GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0
    3. SAT score of 960 and ACT score of 18 or higher are mandatory for admission at EIU.
    4. English Language Proficiency must be demonstrated through the following:
      1. TOEFL Paper-based: 500 or higher
      2. TOEFL Internet-based: 61 or higher
      3. IELTS: 6.0 or higher on the academic module
      4. MELAB: 69 or higher
    5. In case you don’t fulfill the above criterion slightly, must submit one letter of recommendation and a personal statement.

    Graduate Admissions

    Application Portal: Online Faculty of Graduate Studies Application Portal

    Application Fee: Students can apply for fall 2021 admissions, free of charge for some time.


    Admissions shall be processed based on the following criteria:

    1. A complete application
    2. An application fee must be paid; USD 30
    3. Official transcripts; bearing seal and signature of the school or institution issuing them.
    4. Official entrance exams score, namely, GMAT, GRE, MAT.
    5. Proof of English Proficiency through:
      1. TOEFL Paper-Based: 550 or higher
      2. TOEFL Internet-Based: 79 or higher
      3. IELTS: 6.5 or higher on the Academic Module
      4. MELAB: 77 or higher
    6. A complete International Student Financial Affidavit Form and a bank statement showing that the applicant is financially supported for the entire study span at EIU.
    7. A copy of the applicant’s passport

    Eastern Illinois University Cost of Attendance

    The cost of attendance refers to the average value of the overall expense of one year attending a particular school. The distribution of expenses in the form of an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US is as mentioned below.

    Particulars Undergraduate In-state Undergraduate Out-of-state Graduate In-state Graduate Out-of-state
    Tuition Fee USD 9,241.20 USD 11,551.50 USD 6,877.86 USD 16,506.82
    Fees USD 2,822.02 USD 2,822.02 USD 2,428.02 USD 2,428.02
    Text-Book Rental USD 292.50 USD 292.50 USD 214.50 USD 214.50
    Room and Board USD 9,864.00 USD 9,864.00 USD 9,864.00 USD 9,864.00
    Total USD 22,219.72 USD 24,530.02 USD 19,071.75 USD 28,263.03

    Eastern Illinois University Financial Aid/Scholarships

    Eastern Illinois University offers scholarships for international students to study in the USA. International candidates can access all scholarships except for those requiring American citizenship.

    Here are some of the bursaries available to overseas college students.

    1. International Student Scholarship: The Board of Trustees founded the International Student Scholarship to encourage children from elsewhere to study in EIU. The rewards are fair and aim for cultural diversity and integration. This Scholarship can be awarded on the basis of consideration or both, financial requirement and academic prowess.

    For full - time enrolment in on-campus EIU courses the grant covers partial tuition fees. Expenses, field trips, fees, commute, living costs and personal expenditures are not encompassed in this grant. Scholarships are awarded at a time for just 2 semesters.

    Application requirements for ISS:

    • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for undergraduate students and 3.50 for graduate students.
    • Financial affidavit to demonstrate the genuine need for support
    • Eulalee L. Anderson Scholarship
      • The Eulalee L. Anderson scheme offers borrowings to current foreign EIU students who are academically strong and active. EIU Emeritus International Adviser, International Students, and Scholars choose the student beneficiary every year in memory of Eulalee L. Anderson, M.S.
      • Around 74% of students were offered scholarships at EIU.
    • Undergraduate International Excellence Award
      • For New Undergraduate international students
      • No scholarship application is needed
      • GPA of 3.50 – 4.00 required to receive a special scholarship rate
      • Students doesn't need to maintain GPA of 3.5 or higher

    Work While Study

    All International students are permitted to work on campus. International students are allowed to work upto 20 hours per week. Eastern Illinois University has a list of all job opportunities available on campus as well as off campus. There are more job opportunities than present on the list of University websites. Students can contact the department. Students are free to find off campus jobs according to their requirements.

    Eastern Illinois University Alumni Network

    A few names from EIU who have made their presence known in the world:

    1. Burl Ives ex '31 – Actor/Singer
    2. Jerry Van Dyke ex '55 – Actor/entertainer
    3. Yvette Moyo Gillard '74 – President, Real Men Cook
    4. Barbara McLaughlin '71 – Disney American Teacher Award recipient
    5. Gordon Grado, M.D. '74 – Founder and medical director, Southwest Oncology Centers

    Eastern Illinois University Placements

    The institute often arranges career fairs and workshops for bridging the gap between students and employers in the real world. Each semester employers visit EIU to interview and select student interns for practical working experience

    Upcoming career fair events include the accounting Job fair held on September 23, 2020 (Virtual-mode), Fall Education Job Fair held on November 4, 2020 (Virtual) and also provides campus interviews from various Employers.

    $12,9241st YEAR

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    May 15

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    May 15

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    Eastern Illinois University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $8,880 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    1 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    ACT Check Detailed Score21182397

    Eastern Illinois University Acceptance Rate

    51.5 %

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $8,880 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $12,924 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $150 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $9,736 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $2,067 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $9,736 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $2,067 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $3,240 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $3,240 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    Program wise accreditation
    Arts Programs
    National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    Music Programs
    National Association of Schools of Music
    Nursing Programs
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


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    College Rating

    Based on 5 Students Rating

    8.1 out of 10
    9.0/10Social Life


    6.3 /10

    My parents wanted me to study in the USA for better career growth also I had researched a lot about this University. They considered my 12th score of 8.7 GPA while taking my admission. A common application form was filled by me and I also paid $30 application fee for it.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course prepared me with the specialized skills and training I needed to succeed. My curriculum included subjects such as Broadcast News, Online Journalism, Feature Writing, Photojournalism, Media Management, Investigative Reporting and so on.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7.0 /10

    I had filled the application form of 3-4 colleges but this college took my admission first. To get admission I had to fill a common application form on their website for which I paid $30 as an application fee. I even had to provide my high score of 9.2 GPA

    Course Curriculum :

    The course provided me with a well-rounded approach to understand the role of communication in society. I had to study a diversity of subjects such as Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Mass Communication.

    9 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8.0 /10

    Human science is very different from the usual degrees as it deals with the knowledge about human behavior and movements, this part pulled me towards this course as I wanted to know about human actions. So after certain research about colleges, I filled the application form for this college and paid $60.

    Course Curriculum :

    My course includes theory as well as practical knowledge about microbiology, the life of animals, biological principles etc.

    9 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    9.7 /10

    I chose EIU because the moment I stepped on campus I felt like I was home. I also was fortunate to get many scholarships here to help aid the cost of going to a 4-year university. Eastern also has one of the best teaching programs in the United States, so that's a big win for me.

    Course Curriculum :

    I like the course curriculum. I think that EIU does a great job of providing us with all kinds of teaching experiences so that way we will be prepared for any type of setting. I have taken art, physical education, and many other courses outside of just regular teaching.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    9.5 /10

    Best ranking in regional colleges and best facilities and faculty. Good mentors for each individual for international students. On campus is beautiful and career training and campus placements are good.

    Course Curriculum :

    Great design for future technology and easy curriculum. Exams and lab practices are useful in real time experience. Assignments and projects will help us to gain more knowledge when you are in school.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920, USA

    Nearby This Campus

    • Bus Station
    • Restaurant
    • Book Store
    • Pharmacy
    • Hospital
    • Airport

    Bus Station

    Ruler Foods (566 W. Lincoln)0.08 km
    Sav-A-Lot (1400 Lincoln)0.15 km
    EIU Student Union (7th Street)0.72 km
    Coles County Public Health (825 18th St.)1.03 km
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    Book Store

    Bob's Bookstore0.27 km
    Midgard Comics0.69 km
    Textbook Rental Services1.17 km
    Pensees Bookshop1.26 km


    New Leaf Professional Counseling1.06 km
    DaVita Mattoon Dialysis7.73 km
    DaVita Mattoon At Home7.73 km


    Dirty's Bar & Grill0.15 km
    Penalty Box Bar & Grill0.17 km
    Jimmy John's0.24 km
    Mi Casa Tu Casa0.32 km
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    WellCreek Pharmacy0.60 km
    Walgreens Pharmacy0.91 km
    Walgreens0.91 km
    CVS Pharmacy1.03 km
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    Zebre NDB MT 3474.58 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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