If you are considering submitting an applicationto Eastern, the application fee costs $30. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.
Eastern Illinois University does not offer early decision or early action..
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
Eastern is amoderately difficult school to get into. Eastern evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.
In 2021, Eastern **accepted 52% of students, around 4,651 of the 8,859 students who applied.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Eastern, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Work Experience||Not Considered|
|Extracurricular Activities||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|First Generation||Not Considered|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Volunteer Work||Not Considered|
To apply, all applicants to Eastern must submit the following items. Double check with Eastern's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale)||2.5|
|Other Requirements||√||audition for music program|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Eastern have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2.
Out of all students that were admitted, 69% submitted a class rank. At Eastern 13% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 37% were in the top 25% and 74% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Eastern Illinois University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
Eastern does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 82% of Eastern's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 99% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Eastern applicants, you should strive to earn between 940 and 1120 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Eastern 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1120 and 25% of scored lower than 940, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Eastern students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Eastern students scored 570 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Eastern, you should strive to earn between 18 and 23 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Eastern's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.
A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Eastern students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Eastern.
Transfer students can enroll in Eastern during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Eastern?
Students who are admitted to Eastern must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..
Does Eastern accept transfer credits?
Eastern accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Eastern accepts:
CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES Life Long Learning Credit ACE recommendations for credit Excelsior College Examinations
Does Eastern accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Eastern accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Eastern?
Eastern. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
How hard is it to get into Eastern? Eastern is a somewhat selective institution. The Eastern acceptance rate is 53%. This means that the institution accepts 52 out of every 100 applicants.
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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Eastern, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.18. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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