For well over a century, EIU has been hard at work building a rich tradition of providing its students a combination of quality academics and solid personal relationships.
Eastern Illinois University was established as Eastern Illinois State Normal School in 1895 by the Illinois General Assembly. In response to growth and change, the institution became Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in 1921, Eastern Illinois State College in 1947 and Eastern Illinois University in 1957. The university grants bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees.
Eastern Illinois University is a public comprehensive university that offers superior, accessible undergraduate and graduate education. Students learn the methods and results of free and rigorous inquiry in the arts, humanities, sciences and professions, guided by a faculty known for its excellence in teaching, research, creative activity and service. The university community is committed to diversity and inclusion and fosters opportunities for student-faculty scholarship and applied learning experiences within a student-centered campus culture. Throughout their education, students refine their abilities to reason and to communicate clearly so as to become responsible citizens and leaders.
Eastern prides itself on the convenience and safety students enjoy on its compact, 320-acre campus.
A 15-to-1 student/faculty ratio ensures our students can always count on the personal attention they need.
Our 47 undergraduate and 29 graduate degree programs ensure a wide variety of academic options.
EIU is independently governed by its Board of Trustees, which oversees all aspects of the institution. Seven of the board's eight members are appointed by the governor to six-year terms and one student representative is elected annually by the student body. While it has served as the primary authority over the university's operations since its inception in 1996, the Board of Trustees also embraces shared governance. Faculty, staff and students all provide advisory participation.
Eastern's workforce has a voice in university governance. The Faculty Senate and Staff Senate each express and solicit opinions on all matters -- with the exception of collective bargaining proceedings -- concerning their respective group of EIU employees.
The Council on University Planning and Budgeting makes recommendations to the president regarding program priorities in the university budget. Among its other tasks is periodic budget review and overall review of the university planning process.
When established in 1895, EIU was known as Eastern Illinois State Normal School. Name changes to Eastern Illinois State Teachers College (1921) and Eastern Illinois State College (1947) followed before the Illinois General Assembly assigned its current designation in 1957.
At one time, the Livingston C. Lord Administration Building, better known as Old Main, was the lone building on campus and accommodated all educational and administrative needs. It contained offices, classrooms, laboratories, model school rooms, an auditorium, a library and a museum.
Eastern Illinois University's first homecoming celebration took place in 1915. Of the school's nearly 500 alumni at that point, more than half were able to return to Charleston for the festivities.
Among comparable universities in the Midwest, EIU has a reputation as one of the best. With our experienced, accomplished faculty, a wide variety of degree programs, typically excellent marks in job placement, high alumni satisfaction rates, and well above-average graduation and retention rates, this reputation is well-deserved.
We uphold excellence in all we do, striving to create and uphold university standards in all aspects of education.
We value personal relationships, and we strive to strengthen the personal experience at Eastern for all whom we serve.
We believe in the accessibility of an Eastern education as well as the opportunities this education creates for our graduates.
We support service to each other along with service to our community, region, state, nation and world.
In 2012, 94% of first-year teachers and 96% of fifth-year teachers who were EIU graduates were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the overall quality of their EIU teacher education program; 96% of principals rated their EIU first-year teachers as "extremely" or "mostly" prepared.
EIU's Communication Disorders and Sciences' students successfully pass national (98 percent) and state (100 percent) certification exams for professional practice, resulting in a 100 percent employment rate.
Athletic Training has been accredited longer than any other Athletic Training program in Illinois. Partnerships with Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and EIU’s Health Services ensure that students receive a medical/clinical experience that far exceeds those provided by other programs in the state.
97 percent of our classes are taught by faculty.
EIU is ranked No. 7 in the 12 state Midwest Region of public master’s institutions in U.S. News and World Report college rankings
Eastern has more students accepted as presenters at the National Council on Undergraduate Research conference than any other Illinois public university.
EIU has a 100% job placement record for Special Education majors.
Based on the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates, Eastern prepares more undergraduates who go on to earn a doctorate than any other public master’s comprehensive university in Illinois and Eastern ranks in the top 5% in the nation in students who go on to earn a doctorate."
Higher education is a global endeavor, with the goal of advancing knowledge to the benefit of all humankind. EIU is a vital partner in that endeavor, with its programs involving faculty, staff and students from across the globe.
The benefits of studying out of country can be extraordinary, which is why our Office of Study Abroad works diligently to facilitate these expeditions for students of all types and majors. Participants can spend anywhere from a few weeks to multiple semesters in countries all across the globe, each returning with unique experiences and a new perspective on the world around them.
Eastern is home to an increasingly diverse community of students, faculty and staff who are globally aware and globally connected. This diverse community helps Eastern equip its graduates with the skills, knowledge and abilities they need to be productive and successful in an interdependent world.
During this year, the university has been continuing to research into the needs of community college transfer students and increase the number of dual enrollment, degree completion options and other programs that reduce the barriers to transfer.
In addition, the university has been developing new markets for recruiting international students and is working to expand financial support for students who study abroad. Each year, we are nearly doubling the number of international students at Eastern, and we have significantly expanded the opportunities for study abroad and are actively encouraging our students to consider some kind of study abroad opportunity.
From classroom technology to scientific advances, EIU’s commitment to the cutting-edge is unquestionable and evident through the work being done here on a daily basis.
As worldwide fossil fuel supplies dwindle, our nation strives to identify solutions for securing our energy future. Sustainable bioenergy is one way to expand our nation’s energy portfolio, reduce carbon emissions and, if done properly, maintain or promote biodiversity. Eastern Illinois University is at the forefront of energy sustainability with its new, state-of-the-art Renewable Energy Center, which burns biomass -- like virgin woodchips -- to supply the campus with steam and some electricity.
This interdisciplinary Professional Science Master’s program is designed to facilitate students’ pursuit of an advanced degree with training in GIS while simultaneously developing business skills highly valued by potential employers.
Energy is an indispensable part of modern society, which is why this new multi-disciplinary degree exists. This program focuses on preparing leaders and managers for the entire energy industry.
Expand your horizons and change your perspective. benefit from experiences beyond your imagination.
Academics are our priority, but we afford our students opportunities to get much more out of their time at EIU. We facilitate extensive community service options, offer a variety of cultural arts experiences and offer a full range of NCAA Division I athletics.
Eastern Illinois University has a growing reputation for community service, and it has been recognized once again by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment.
Initiated in 2003, our Panther Service Days continue to improve the relationship between Eastern's student population and the Charleston community.
The community service office facilitates the process by providing referrals and a matching service to pair interested students with specific needs.
Community service and service-learning are great ways to get out into Charleston and the surrounding area, transforming from a visitor to the community to an actual part of it.
Eastern Illinois athletics enjoyed another banner year in 2012-13, both in terms of athletic success and academic success. Athletically, the Panthers won their third Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Cup in the last four years; the annual award acknowledges one member institution's overall success in OVC-sponsored sports competition. EIU claimed six OVC team championships over the course of the year, earning first-place finishes in football, women’s basketball, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, women’s outdoor track and softball.
The Doudna Fine Arts Center is one of Eastern’s most unique architectural landmarks, boasting several arts venues and corridor art galleries. The Doudna (as it's known on campus) houses EIU’s departments of art, music and theatre arts.
What's more, the university is also home to the Tarble Arts Center, a major cultural arts resource serving east-Central Illinois. Its founding purpose is "to take the arts to the people." The Tarble presents a year-round schedule of visual arts, lectures and demonstrations by artists and speakers as well as performing arts presented in a gallery atmosphere.
Students have an opportunity to have their lives changed at EIU. As faculty and staff members, we believe that opportunity is what makes it exciting to be here.
State funding is playing an increasingly less significant role in funding at EIU, but we’ve taken a proactive approach to ensure the university’s fiscal health without sacrificing the academic excellence for which it is known.
Develop and enhance more of the enduring relationships that are an EIU tradition but must grow in number and reach.
Develop more volunteers — regionally, nationally and internationally — in support of EIU's programs.
Achieve a significant monetary goal in support of Eastern's student body, faculty, programs and facilities.
The first step in this process was the appointment of the Steering Committee for Program Analysis, a university-level committee charged with developing an analysis to assist the university in making budget decisions.
The academic year was used to conduct a study and analysis. The steering committee began its work October 2012. In the next year, the committee consulted with campus governance and leadership groups.
The steering committee provided a report to the president of the university in May 2013. Representatives from Eastern's shared governance groups made up the membership of this steering committee.
The steering committee’s final report provided guidance for future fiscal decisions, consistent with our strategic plan imperatives of academic excellence, financial sustainability and global competition.
"OUR GOAL IN GETTING THE FACULTY AND STAFF MORE INVOLVED WAS NOT FOCUSED ON DOLLAR AMOUNTS, BUT RATHER ON SIMPLY INCREASING PARTICIPATION." - BOB MARTIN