Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University is a Public State University and was established in 1895. EIU ranks in the top half of US News and Report's rankings of Masters Universities within the Midwest region. It was originally established as a teacher's college offering two-year degrees, but later it expanded its curriculum to include Bachelors and Masters degrees in fields of arts, sciences and humanities.

EIU enrolls more than 12,000 students each term and has over 2,000 faculty and staff. The university includes Colleges of Science, Education and Professional Studies, Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology Program, and the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences. Other academic divisions include the Graduate School, Honors College and School of Continuing Education.

EIU's sports teams are known as the Panthers.

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Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston , IL 61920
General Phone: (217) 581-5000

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Eastern Illinois University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching981educational administration, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, teacher education, business teaching, ...
Liberal Arts761African-American studies, foreign language and literature, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, economics, geography, political science, ...
Business and Management345business management, accounting, finance, MIS, management science, marketing, business and related services
Therapy and Counseling216psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, communication disorders
Family and Social Work205family and consumer science
Science124biology, botany, zoology, ecology, chemistry, geology, physics
Engineering Technician99industrial tech, quality and safety tech, computer tech courses, engineering technician
Art Studies63art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy43parks and recreation management
Mathematics36mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Computer Science and Engineering24computer and info science courses, computer services management
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Medical Support and Technology5clinical lab tech
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy
Engineering1various engineering courses
Nursing and Emergency Medicine0registered nursing

Number of programs and degrees for Eastern Illinois University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,37452
Master's degree56827
Post-master's certificate443
Postbaccalaureate certificate125

Eastern Illinois University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Eastern Illinois University had a total enrollment of 12,179 students (11,250 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 8%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 27%
20-21 31%
22-24 21%
25-29 7%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Eastern Illinois University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 57 %

Eastern Illinois University Room and Board (2007)

Eastern Illinois University offers campus housing for 5,471 of its 11,250 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Charleston, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 15 meals per week.

Eastern Illinois University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrequired

Eastern Illinois University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,782
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,862
Room and board $ 7,588
Books and supplies $ 120
Other expenses $ 1,950

Financial Aid:
Eastern Illinois University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 167400)

Eastern Illinois University Faculty

Eastern Illinois University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7878
Non-tenured and not on tenure track90118

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year21$109,38613$109,622
Associate professorcalendar year4$98,5792*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*3$73,803
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year25$107,65719$102,210

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year99$87,94763$81,134
Associate professoracademic year67$68,61641$64,569
Assistant professoracademic year68$61,94866$57,199
Instructoracademic year83$42,033112$41,195
All faculty totalacademic year317$66,263282$57,262

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Eastern Illinois University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ohio Valley Conference
Basketball Ohio Valley Conference
Baseball Ohio Valley Conference
Track Ohio Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports7195166

Eastern Illinois University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Technical Teacher Education

Engineering, Other

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General


Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist


Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Eastern Illinois University Apart:

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