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Enrolling for Fall 2021 or Spring, Summer or Fall 2022?

  • Undergraduate and transfer students can apply for free! The $30 fee will automatically be waived after you've finished your application.
  • You are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores to be eligible for admission to EIU or for merit scholarships.
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EIU is moving to test-optional admissions for Fall 2021!

  • EIU will no longer require ACT/SAT test scores for admission to the University.
  • The test-optional policy begins for the Fall 2021 semester applicants.
  • Students can apply for Fall 2021 starting July 1, free of charge for a limited time.
  • Applicants with no test scores but who possess a 3.3 GPA and college prep work will meet admissions criteria. Those with no test scores and a 2.5 to 3.29 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 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.
  • Merit Scholarships will be made available specifically for EIU’s eligible test-optional admits, as well as those who include their test scores.

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600 Lincoln Ave. Charleston, IL 61920

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