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Located in Charleston, Illinois, Eastern Illinois University is a public institution. The surrounding location of Charleston is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

$20,684 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
56% Acceptance Rate

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Eastern Illinois University Rankings

We have ranked EIU as #144 out of 1,672 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. EIU also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at EIU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
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Where Is Eastern Illinois University?


Contact details for EIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-581-5000

How Do I Get Into EIU?

You can apply to EIU online at:

Admission Requirements for EIU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into EIU?

56% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
86% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 56%, EIU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 57%.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to EIU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 480 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 480 to 560 )
EIU received ACT scores from 99% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 18 to 24 )
ACT Math Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 17 to 24 )
ACT Composite Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 18 to 23 )

Can I Afford Eastern Illinois University?

$20,684 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
8.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of EIU is $20,684. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At EIU, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $6,098 a year. That adds up to $24,392 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at EIU is 8.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,082 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,969 undergraduate students at EIU, with 4,082 being full-time and 2,887 being part-time.


There are also 1,657 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,082 full-time undergraduates at EIU, 39% are male and 61% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Eastern Illinois University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 49
Black or African American 932
Hispanic or Latino 379
White 2,339
International Students 108
Other Races/Ethnicities 275

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Eastern Illinois University. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 53 countries are represented at EIU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Eastern Illinois University

1,706 Took All Classes Online
5,422 Took At Least One Class Online
31.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 14 master’s degree programs available online at EIU. In 2019-2020, 5,422 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at EIU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 28th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of EIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Eastern Illinois University was 31.0%. This is the #568 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at EIU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at EIU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at EIU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #180
Nursing #342

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Eastern Illinois University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Registered Nursing 0


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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