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EIU at a Glance


Location: 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, Ill. (Map; Directions)

Campus Size: 320 acres (Campus Map)

Year Founded: 1895


  • President: Jay Gatrell
  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: Ryan Hendrickson
  • Vice President for Business Affairs: Matt Bierman
  • Vice President for Student Affairs: Anne Flaherty
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management: Josh Norman
  • Vice President for University Advancement: Mindy Spencer

Governing Body: EIU Board of Trustees

Residential Campus: Housing options include 11 residence halls, Greek Court, University Court and University Apartments.


Enrollment: 8,857

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's and Specialist's

Colleges and Schools:

Fields of Study: 51 undergraduate degree programs; 32 graduate degree programs; 10 post-baccalaureate certificate programs.

International Study: We welcome many international students and provide opportunities for American students to study abroad.

Graduation Rate: 57 percent

Faculty-Student Ratio: 1:15

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparedness

Cost of Attendance, 2024-2025 Academic Year

Tuition and Fees: The following tuition rates are for new, full-time students entering in Fall 2024-2025. Undergraduate rates represent the cost of 15 semester hours per semester; graduate rates represent the cost of 11 semester hours per semester. Costs vary according to year of entry and state of residency; see this page for more specific information. These numbers reflect the annual cost (fall and spring semesters combined).

Undergraduate 2024-2025 Costs

Cost Item Illinois & Border States** Non-Border States
Tuition Per Credit Hour $338.35 $422.94
Tuition (15 hrs FA and SP) $10,150.50 $12,688.20
Fees $3,506.68 $3,506.68
Textbook Rental Fee* $262.50 $262.50
Room and Board (12+ Meal Plan - Most Popular) $12,520.00 $12,520.00
Estimated 2024-2025 Cost $26,439.68 $28,977.38

When computing the financial aid budget which is an estimated average of 3 years costs, we also include the unlimited meal plan to allow for 3 meals a day. The most popular meal plan is the 12+ option. You can decide what will work best for you. Other indirect costs includes other everyday expenses students might incur. Examples include: gas money, school supplies, costs for toiletries, etc., or social activities. These expenses vary from student to student and will NOT be charged to the Eastern bill; they can be covered through parental support, student employment, or savings. Federal loan fees of $100 are also allowed in the budget. Please borrow wisely.

Graduate 2024-2025 Costs

Cost Item In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Per Credit Hour $344.25 $826.20
Tuition (11 hrs FA and SP) $7,573.50 $18,176.40
Fees $3,382.84 $3,382.84
Textbook Rental Fee* $192.50 $192.50
Room and Board (12+ Meal Plan - Most Popular) $12,520.00 $12,520.00
Estimated 2024-2025 Cost $23,668.84 $34,271.74

Student Recreation

The Student Recreation Center serves more than 2,000 students daily with:

  • Six indoor basketball/volleyball courts.
  • A large fitness center with aerobic and body part machines.
  • An eighth-mile jogging track.
  • A free-weight area.
  • An aerobic/multi-purpose room.
  • A dance studio.
  • A lobby/lounge.

Activities Offered: Intramural sport activities include a wide variety of team sports and special events.

Student Organizations

Registered Student Organizations: Eastern has more than 170 recognized student organizations.

Greek Life: Thirty fraternities and sororities.

Student Life Office website:


Nickname: Panthers

School Colors: Blue and Gray

Competition Level: NCAA Division I (football is NCAA Football Championship Subdivision)

Conferences: Ohio Valley (baseball; men's and women's basketball; men's and women's cross country; men's and women's golf; football; women's soccer; softball; men's and women's tennis; men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field; volleyball), The Summit League (men's and women's swimming, men's soccer)

Athletics Website:


Number of Alumni: More than115,000 across the nation.

EIU in the NFL: EIU has a strong alumni presence in the NFL, including alumnus Tony Romo, 14-year quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and now the lead football analyst for CBS Sports; Sean Payton, head coach of the 2010 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints; Mike Shanahan, former head coach of the Denver Broncos (who won two Super Bowl championships on his watch) and Washington Redskins; Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers and a past member of two Super Bowl champion New England Patriots teams. EIU is also proud of our many alumni serving as assistant coaches in the NFL.

Other Notable Alumni: former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar; actors Burl Ives, Jerry Van Dyke, Joan Allen and John Malkovich; UFC champion Matt Hughes; Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Polenzani; Illinois and National Teacher of the Year Joe Fatheree; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ted Gregory; Jimmy John's founder and chairman of the board Jimmy John Liautaud; ESPN radio personality John Jurkovic; former CNN sports anchor Larry Smith; former professional athletes Kevin Duckworth, Marty Pattin, Kevin Seitzer and Jeff Gossett; animal advocate Joan Embery; and many more.

Alumni Association Website:

Student Services

Our focus is on our students, and the services we offer reflect this dedication. If there's something you need during your time at EIU, it's here for you. Services include:

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