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Eastern Illinois University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Eastern Illinois University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Eastern Illinois University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Eastern Illinois University was awarded 77 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is family, consumer and human sciences.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked EIU as #654 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 61 colleges in Illinois, EIU is ranked at #25.

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Is It Hard to Get Into EIU?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Eastern Illinois University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 52%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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 )

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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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

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 5,568 undergraduates at EIU with 4,319 being full-time and 1,249 being part-time.

EIU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

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

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 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from EIU make about $42,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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

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

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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 73 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
Sociology 48 $28,100
Marketing 48 $38,400
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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

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.


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