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Enrolling for Fall or Summer 2024 or Spring 2025?

  • Undergraduate and transfer students can apply for free! The $30 fee will automatically be waived after you've finished your application.
  • Receive a FREE gift when you apply on campus!
  • You are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores to be eligible for admission to EIU or for merit scholarships.
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EIU is test optional!

  • EIU will no longer require SAT or ACT test scores for admission to the University.
  • Applicants who do not submit test scores, but have a 2.8 high school GPA and college prep work will meet admissions criteria. Those with no test scores and a 2.5 to 2.79 GPA will have their credentials reviewed to determine eligibility for admission.
  • Students may still submit test scores in order to be admitted using standard admissions criteria (minimum 2.5 GPA, 18 ACT or 960 SAT).
  • The test-optional policy change was implemented for any student enrolling for Fall 2021 or later. It was partly motivated by COVID-related disruption of standardized testing, and partly by a desire to eliminate unnecessary barriers to college admission faced by marginalized student groups.
  • We offer plenty of scholarship and aid opportunities for our admitted students. Check them out here.

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1230 Old Main
600 Lincoln Ave. Charleston, IL 61920

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