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Eastern Illinois University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Eastern Illinois University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Eastern Illinois University Ranked?

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2021 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 76 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is family, consumer and human sciences.

Overall Quality

EIU landed the #654 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

EIU also holds the #25 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

See all of the rankings for Eastern Illinois University.

Is It Hard to Get Into EIU?

Acceptance Rate

Eastern Illinois University has an acceptance rate of 52%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for EIU.

Average Test Scores

EIU received ACT scores from 97% 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 )

Learn more about Eastern Illinois University admissions.

Eastern Illinois University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Eastern Illinois University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 79%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  79 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern Illinois University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Eastern Illinois University has a freshmen retention rate of 75%. 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  75 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 32%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  32 out of 100

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

Good Overall Diversity at EIU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,012 undergraduates at EIU with 4,091 being full-time and 1,921 being part-time.

EIU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for EIU is 66.61 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  66.61 out of 100
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How Much Does Eastern Illinois University Cost?

The overall average net price of EIU is $13,851. 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 +
$12,082 $11,003 $12,516 $19,304 $19,889

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At EIU, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $6,087 a year. That adds up to $24,348 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at EIU is 7.2%. 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 $42,200 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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

Location of Eastern Illinois University

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

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Location of Eastern Illinois University

Contact details for EIU are given below.

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

Eastern Illinois University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 65 majors graduated from Eastern Illinois University. Of these students, 1,244 received undergraduate degrees and 530 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
Liberal Arts General Studies 124 $30,600
General Psychology 104 $24,400
Health & Physical Education 89 $30,000
General Family & Consumer Sciences 87 $27,300
General Biology 61 $25,500
Communication & Media Studies 60 $33,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 56 $30,500
Marketing 48 $38,400
Sociology 48 $28,100
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 46 $35,300

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 2,495 students took at least one online class at Eastern Illinois University. This is an increase from the 2,304 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,495 985
2016-2017 2,304 779
2015-2016 2,001 599
2014-2015 1,695 576
2013-2014 1,399 483

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.


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