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#8 Best Public Universities in Illinois

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Charleston, Illinois

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Chances of getting into Eastern Illinois University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
Admission Difficulty for Eastern Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
How hard is it to get into EIU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at EIU is 56%.  It ranks #9 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. EIU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 4,998 out of 8,999 applicants were admitted.

The school has very easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 65 percent (SAT 960/1140 ACT 18/23). Eastern Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.18. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The EIU application fee is $30 and applications are due by May 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to 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 COVID-19.

EIU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
960-1140
Applicants Submitting SAT
79%
SAT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1140
Average SAT Score 1050

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 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 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 870. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1050 out of 1600. EIU ranks #30 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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Eastern Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1140 and Above Good >68%
1050 to 1140 Avg + 56%-68%
960 to 1050 Avg - 43%-56%
870 to 960 Reach 31%-43%
Less than 870 Low <31%
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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 18
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
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 #37 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Eastern Illinois University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >71%
20 to 23 Avg + 56%-71%
18 to 20 Avg - 45%-56%
16 to 18 Reach 35%-45%
Less than 16 Low <35%
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EIU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.18
Typical High School Grades
B

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

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into EIU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Eastern Illinois University was 3.18 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #46 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 56% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

Similar Requirements

High School Class Rank

74% 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 13%
Top 25% of class 37%
Top 50% of class 74%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Eastern Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,488 3,511 8,999
Accepted 3,119 1,879 4,998
Acceptance Rate 57% 54% 56%
Enrolled 555 347 902
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 18% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on May 15, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Eastern Illinois University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor 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?

56% 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 960 and 1140. 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.