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About EIU

About EIU

Eastern Illinois University has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships.

Consistently ranked in the top third of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, Eastern offers a textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester.

A variety of excellent on-campus housing opportunities are available on the safe, compact 320-acre campus. Student graduation and retention rates are well above state and national averages, and that success continues after students earn their degrees -- year after year, Eastern ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction.


Eastern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

In addition, the following education programs are accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE):

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation
  • Art
  • Career and Technical Education (Business Education, Family and Consumer Science Education, Technology Education)
  • Communication Disorders and Sciences (graduate only)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership (Principal and Superintendent)
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German)
  • Health Studies
  • Kinesiology and Sports Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Sciences with specializations in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Social Science with specializations in Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology
  • Special Education
  • Theatrev

Additionally, many programs at EIU have earned recognition from other external accrediting agencies.

Accrediting Agency Program Accreditation Through Year
American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education FCS, Dietetics Internship (Graduate) Program and Didactic Program (Undergraduate) 2017
Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) Journalism (B.A.) 2018
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Nursing (B.S.) 2014
American Association for Health Education (AAHE) Health Education (B.S.) 2018
American Association of Museums Tarble Arts Center (no degree program) Reaccreditation in progress
American Association of Schools of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S.) 2022
American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry (B.S.) 2015
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Foreign Languages with Teacher Certification (B.A.) 2018
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Elementary Education (B.S.) 2018
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing 2015
Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Applied Engineering and Technology (B.S.) 2017
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Athletic Training (B.S.) 2022
Council for Exceptional Children/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Special Education (B.S.Ed.) 2018
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Community/School Counseling (M.S.) 2015
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Educator Preparation Programs 2018
Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA- ASHA) Communication Disorders and Sciences (B.S.) (M.S.) 2016
Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Educational Leadership (Specialist, M.S.E.D.) 2018
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA/CTTE) Career and Technical Education (B.S.) 2018
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Education 2018
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Specialist School Psychology 2018
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Art (B.A) (B.F.A.) (M.A.) 2018
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Music (B.Mus) (M.A.) 2015
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) Theatre Arts (B.A.) 2014
National Association of Sport and Physical Education Physical Education (B.S.) 2018
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Social Science Education 2018
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) English Language Arts with teacher certification (B.A.) 2018
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Mathematics Education (B.A.) 2018
National Recreation and Parks Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreations (NRPA/AALR) Recreation Administration (B.S.) 2015
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Science with Teacher Certification (B.S.) 2018
Society of Public Health Association/American Association of Health Education (SABPAC/AAHE) Health Studies, Community Health Option (B.S.) 2014