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Chances of getting into Eastern Illinois University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
52.5%
Admission Difficulty for Eastern Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into EIU and can I get accepted? The school has a 53% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,651 out of 8,859 applicants were admitted making EIU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 66 percent. Eastern Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Eastern Illinois University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EIU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
940-1130
Applicants Submitting SAT
79%
SAT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 940
SAT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1130
Average SAT Score 1040

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Eastern Illinois University?

Eastern Illinois University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 71 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 940 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 840. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1040 out of 1600. The school ranks #41 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 79 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Eastern Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1130 and Above Good >66%
1035 to 1130 Avg + 53%-66%
940 to 1035 Avg - 40%-53%
845 to 940 Reach 28%-40%
Less than 845 Low <28%
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EIU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT
19%
ACT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into EIU?

Admission data indicates that EIU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #41 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Eastern Illinois University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Eastern Illinois University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >68%
20 to 23 Avg + 53%-68%
18 to 20 Avg - 42%-53%
16 to 18 Reach 33%-42%
Less than 16 Low <33%
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EIU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.33
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Eastern Illinois University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into EIU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Eastern Illinois University was 3.33 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #28 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as EIU accepts 53% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Eastern Illinois University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 12% Good
3.50 to 3.75 10% Good
3.25 to 3.50 14% Good
3.00 to 3.25 18% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 31% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 15% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

67% of Eastern Illinois University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Eastern Illinois University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 10%
Top 25% of class 32%
Top 50% of class 67%
Bottom 50% of class 33%
Bottom 25% of class 6%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Eastern Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,375 3,484 8,859
Accepted 2,894 1,757 4,651
Acceptance Rate 54% 50% 53%
Enrolled 532 393 925
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 22% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on May 15, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Eastern Illinois University is $30.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Eastern Illinois University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Eastern Illinois University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Eastern Illinois University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

FAQs

Does Eastern Illinois University prefer SAT or ACT?

79% of students submit their SAT scores to EIU. 19% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Eastern Illinois University?

53% of those who apply are granted admission to EIU. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Eastern Illinois University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 940 and 1130. 79% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Eastern Illinois University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 23. 19% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.