#10 Best Public Universities in Illinois

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

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Eastern Illinois University overview
Location Charleston, Illinois
Online eiu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Eastern Illinois University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Eastern Illinois University (EIU) is a public institution located in Charleston, Illinois, approximately 50 miles south of the nearest urban center, Champaign-Urbana. Established in 1895, EIU has a rich history and presents a predominantly undergraduate experience with a comprehensive array of bachelor degrees and select graduate programs. The university's campus architecture blends historic buildings with modern facilities, providing a structured environment dedicated to scholarly pursuits. Among its academic offerings, Eastern Illinois University is recognized for its teacher education programs, and the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences is a significant draw. EIU has a moderate level of application selectivity, with admissions policies that allow for a broad range of academic qualifications. On-campus housing is available, and the university supports a vibrant student living experience through multiple residence halls and apartment complexes. While EIU fields a range of NCAA Division I athletic teams known as the Panthers, it is not primarily distinguished by its athletic programs.

In the most recent statistical year 11,584 prospective students applied, and 7,873 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 876 enrolled in the school.  4,962 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,895 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $9,709 plus fees of $3,392. EIU is ranked 672 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












EIU is rated within the lower 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Eastern Illinois University overview
SAT 900/1120
GPA 3.39

Applications Accepted

Eastern Illinois University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Illinois Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Eastern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$150
Other Fees$3,392
Room and Board $10,812
Budget for Other Expenses$2,734
Total One Year Cost$26,797

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Eastern Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$150
Other Fees$3,392
Room and Board $10,812
Budget for Other Expenses$2,734
Total One Year Cost$29,224

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

59% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Eastern Illinois University students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 21%
Business 14%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 9%
Communication 9%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=144892 IPEDS survey data for Eastern Illinois University.

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