Eastern Illinois University

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?

2022 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 230 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is art studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, EIU is ranked #862 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

EIU also holds the #33 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

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 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern Illinois University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 73% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Eastern Illinois University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 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.

Eastern Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,229 undergraduates at EIU with 3,990 being full-time and 2,239 being part-time.

How Much Does Eastern Illinois University Cost?

The overall average net price of EIU is $14,607. 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 +
$12,350 $11,316 $13,560 $19,147 $21,310

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 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 8.3%. 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. 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 65 majors graduated from Eastern Illinois University. Of these students, 1,189 received undergraduate degrees and 573 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 123 $30,600
General Psychology 102 $24,400
Health & Physical Education 84 $30,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 75 $30,500
General Family & Consumer Sciences 64 $27,300
General Biology 60 $25,500
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 58 $35,300
Communication & Media Studies 41 $33,000
Marketing 39 $38,400
Accounting 39 $51,300

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 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 2018-2019, 2,639 students took at least one online class at Eastern Illinois University. This is an increase from the 2,495 students who took online classes the previous year.

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


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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