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Colleges / Eastern Illinois University

About Eastern

At EIU, we believe every one of our students can reach heights they never realized were possible given the right circumstances. In the right place, with the right people around them, they can learn and grow like never before, and open up greater possibilities than they imagined. It’s that simple, and that life-changing. When we welcome a student, we’re all in. We’re committed to helping them achieve. To lift them up so they can see what they can become. We make an extraordinary, personal investment in each student that most schools would never consider. Faculty members here are incredibly invested in you as a person, well beyond imparting knowledge. Most are longtime members of our close community and can’t imagine doing it any other way. While the size is personal, there are also plenty of opportunities to grow, from engaging in clubs and sports, to community service and networking with our dedicated alumni.

Eastern Illinois University is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Charleston, IL.

Founded in 1895, the institution currently enrolls around 7,806 students a year, including 6,229 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Eastern's endowment was valued at $87,002,141 in 2021. The school spends $18,276 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About Eastern

Acceptance rate: 52%

Average GPA: 3.18

Does not offer early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

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Eastern Acceptance Rate

Admission to Eastern is moderately difficult. Around 52 percent of all applicants are admitted to Eastern each year. Last year, 8,859 students applied to Eastern and 4,651 were admitted.

The average high school GPA for a student at Eastern is 3.18 out of 4.0.

Eastern reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Eastern a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 56 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $43,689 a year. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $29,483 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Eastern sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Eastern a good school for YOU?

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College Info

Eastern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Eastern is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Eastern is Continuous processing.

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Eastern ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


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18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Eastern is 21. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Eastern. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Eastern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

940 - 1120


Math SAT Range

470 - 560


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

Eastern Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Eastern is like? There are approximately 7,806 students enrolled at Eastern, including 6,229 undergraduate students and 1,577 graduate students. 64% percent of students attend school full-time, 93% percent are from IL and 7% percent of students are from other states.


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