Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Eastern Illinois University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Eastern Illinois University was awarded 222 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other computer engineering technologies/technicians.

Overall Quality

EIU is ranked #819 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when EIU held the #862 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

EIU is also ranked #41 out of 87 schools in Illinois.

See all of the rankings for Eastern Illinois University.

Is It Hard to Get Into EIU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Eastern Illinois University is a competitive 56%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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 Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Eastern Illinois University  ( 18 to 23 )

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Eastern Illinois University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Eastern Illinois University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Eastern Illinois University is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern Illinois University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Eastern Illinois University has a freshmen retention rate of 74%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from EIU have a four-year graduation rate of 38%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  38 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Eastern Illinois University.

Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,969 undergraduates at EIU with 4,082 being full-time and 2,887 being part-time.

How Much Does Eastern Illinois University Cost?

The overall average net price of EIU is $13,098. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for EIU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,015 $10,056 $12,675 $17,594 $20,021

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of EIU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 6.1%. 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.

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How Much Money Do EIU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from EIU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $47,991 in their early years. That's great news for EIU students since it is 13% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Eastern Illinois University make the most money.

Location of Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University is a public institution situated in Charleston, Illinois. Charleston is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for EIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-581-5000
Website: https://www.eiu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iameiu
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eiu

Eastern Illinois University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from Eastern Illinois University. Of these students, 1,104 received undergraduate degrees and 668 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 103 $28,549
Liberal Arts General Studies 100 $33,984
Teacher Education Grade Specific 73 $35,177
Health & Physical Education 67 $31,035
General Biology 49 $28,027
General Family & Consumer Sciences 48 $29,815
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37 $35,479
Nursing 35 $59,362
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 35 NA
Communication & Media Studies 33 $32,917

Learn more about the majors offered at Eastern Illinois University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at EIU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 5,422 students took at least one online class at Eastern Illinois University. This is an increase from the 2,639 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 5,422 1,706
2018-2019 2,639 1,086
2017-2018 2,495 985
2016-2017 2,304 779
2015-2016 2,001 599

Learn more about online learning at Eastern Illinois University.

Notes and References


*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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