Chances of getting into Eastern Illinois University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
55.3%
Admission Difficulty for Eastern Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into EIU and can I get accepted? The school has a 55% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,746 out of 8,580 applicants were admitted making EIU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 68 percent. Eastern Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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EIU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
920-1110
Applicants Submitting SAT
79%
SAT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 450
SAT Composite 25th 920
SAT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 540
SAT Composite 75th 1110
Average SAT Score 1020

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

Eastern Illinois University typically requires applicants to be in the top 74 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 920 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 820. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1020 out of 1600. The school ranks #42 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Eastern Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1110 and Above Good >68%
1015 to 1110 Avg + 55%-68%
920 to 1015 Avg - 42%-55%
825 to 920 Reach 30%-42%
Less than 825 Low <30%
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EIU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-22 
Applicants Submitting ACT
19%
ACT Scores for Eastern Illinois University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
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 22
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 22 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #42 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Eastern Illinois University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Eastern Illinois University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
22 and Above Good >68%
20 to 22 Avg + 55%-68%
18 to 20 Avg - 42%-55%
16 to 18 Reach 30%-42%
Less than 16 Low <30%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need above average high school grades to get into Eastern Illinois University. 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 55% of students who apply.

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Admission Statistics

Eastern Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,142 3,438 8,580
Accepted 2,947 1,799 4,746
Acceptance Rate 57% 52% 55%
Enrolled 487 311 798
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 17% 17%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Eastern Illinois University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Eastern Illinois University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

55% of those who apply are granted admission to EIU. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 920 and 1110. 79% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 22. 19% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.