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It's All About You -- MyEIU

Think of MyEIU as your Eastern Illinois University navigator — here to guide you whether you need a few more bits of info or want to learn everything you can about becoming a Panther. Your MyEIU account is like having one foot on campus — from the moment you start thinking about us, to your first campus visit, to your first day of classes. Go ahead and log in to MyEIU for easy access to Eastern.

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The simple steps to becoming EIU

Admission Process

The admission process seems intimidating, but thanks to MyEIU, we’ve made it simpler than ever. Your MyEIU account takes you through every step.

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Sign Up for MyEIU and Learn More about Eastern

Your MyEIU account is free and easy; all it takes is an email address to get started. You can even sign up via Facebook! Once you've logged into MyEIU, you can learn everything there is to know about Eastern and get information about everything the university has to offer — all tailored to your unique set of interests!

Schedule a Visit to EIU

While MyEIU will serve as a vital source for info and updates, we still encourage you to visit our campus prior to applying! A visit can be scheduled through MyEIU, and several dates are available.

Apply to Eastern

Once you've decided Eastern Illinois University is for you, you can apply to EIU via your MyEIU account! Just click the "Apply Now" button and get the process started.

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

You'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your application through MyEIU; you'll receive a message when you have been officially admitted to EIU!

Reserve Your Spot at Eastern

Congratulations! Now that you've been admitted to EIU, ensure your spot in the student body by paying your enrollment deposit.

Make Housing Arrangements

Another important thing to do once you've been admitted is figure out where you're going to live! Freshmen are generally required to live on campus in a residence hall, and you'll be able to check out all our options and apply for housing through the MyEIU system.

Schedule an Orientation Session

All freshmen are required to attend an orientation session prior to their first semester at Eastern, and you can book your spot through MyEIU by April 20. We offer many orientation dates throughout the summer, providing you an opportunity to get to know EIU, meet with your freshman adviser and schedule classes.

Join Us in Charleston!

Now you're ready for your first semester at Eastern! Welcome to the EIU family! We're glad to have you, and we're confident you'll be glad you came!

Applying for Admission

If you're not a first-time college student, you may not be in quite the right place! Don't worry, though. We'll get you pointed in the right direction. Just find yourself in the list below.

You can also get in touch with our admissions counselors at 877-581-2348 or via email at admissions@eiu.edu. They'll be able to get you on the right path!

After Admission

If you are a first-time college student, you will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit by May 1. If you’ll be living on campus, you’ll need to submit your housing deposit by June 12. Prior to your arrival on campus, you will be asked to complete a medical examination form. You will also be contacted regarding your class schedule, housing accommodations and other details.

There’s no time like the present

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The EIU admission process will usually begin the fall or winter of your senior year in high school, when your application is submitted. Depending on the application deadline for the semester you applied, you will usually be notified of admittance in the winter or spring of your senior year. It’s important to remember that the earlier you apply, the more financial aid you may be eligible for. A $30 non-refundable application fee is required to complete your application. Applicants facing economic hardship may request a waiver of the $30 application fee. More information, including guidelines and directions, can be found once you begin your application in MyEIU. If you choose the paper application, please send completed applications to: Office of Admissions, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920. There is no application deadline. We will continue to accept applications as resources allow. Why wait? Apply now to be one step closer to a great future.

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Most students prefer the ease and immediacy of the online application. You can begin your application now by clicking the button below.

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Complete the application, print and sign. Don't forgot to send in your $30 non-refundable application fee, official transcripts, and official test scores (ACT, SAT, GED).

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Where to be and when to be there

Important Dates


Your MyEIU account can also notify you about important dates and deadlines so you will be prepared to complete preparations for your first semester at Eastern.

July 10

Complete your application for admission to Eastern Illinois University. You can sign into MyEIU to complete your application.

October 1

This is the first date you can file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA online as soon as possible on or after this date and be sure to include EIU (001674) as a school of choice.

November 15

This is the EIU priority filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA online as soon as possible after Oct. 1 and be sure to include EIU (001674) as a school of choice.

April 20

Register online by this date to secure a spot in one of our orientation programs. You can reserve your spot via MyEIU.

May 1

New Student Enrollment Deposit is due by this date for first-time freshmen. You can sign into MyEIU to pay your deposit or learn more about the deposit.

June 12

To assure your fall living arrangements are reserved for you, you'll need to make a $250 housing down payment by this date. You can sign into MyEIU to make your payment.

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Admission Requirements


  • Average ACT Score: 21.4
  • Average High School GPA: 3.08
  • 43.1% Diversity
  • 42.5% First Generation Students
  • 15 States Represented

What does it take to be an EIU student?

Eastern Illinois University grants admission to students whose abilities, interests, character and background give them the greatest promise of benefiting from and contributing to the EIU community. Such students demonstrate strong academic ability, intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness and commitment to learning.

Since students learn not just from faculty but also from fellow students, Eastern seeks a diverse student body with a variety of talents, interests and backgrounds. Individual admission decisions are based on the student's academic record, on personal qualities and accomplishments, and on capacity for growth.

Beginning Freshmen

  1. An unweighted GPA of 3.00 (B or better)/4.00 scale AND have a minimum ACT composite score 18 (SAT 940).
  2. An unweighted GPA of 2.50/4.00 scale AND have a minimum ACT composite score of 19 (SAT 980).
  3. An unweighted GPA of 2.25/4.00 AND have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (SAT 1100).

Any student who falls slightly below the criteria listed above, or had a noticeable decrease in semester GPA, is strongly encouraged to include a personal statement and letter of recommendation. The student should use the statement to provide us more information as we review the application. Additional materials may be requested and used in the decision process. Although not required for admission, applicants are encouraged to submit ACT Writing Test results.

College-Preparatory Curricula

Eastern Illinois University enrolls students prepared to meet the challenges of a rigorous university curriculum. High school students who complete the college-preparatory curricula described below are more likely to succeed.

College-Preparatory English: Four years of English, emphasizing composition, grammar and literature. As much as one year of the requirement may be satisfied by two semesters in any combination of drama, debate, public speaking or journalism.

College-Preparatory Mathematics: Three years of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, advanced mathematics or computer programming.

College-Preparatory Science: Three years of natural sciences (biological and physical), with significant laboratory experiences.

College-Preparatory Social Studies: Three years of social studies, including one year of United States history and/or government. Electives: Two years of academic or vocational.

Are you a transfer student?

A transfer student is defined as any student who has attended college after graduating from high school. Transfer students must meet the following criteria based on number of transfer hours.

Applicants with 30 or more college-level semester hours must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale based on ALL college-level work attempted AND a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale from the last institution attended.

Applicants with 24 or more college-level semester hours must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale based on ALL college-level work attempted AND a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale from the last institution attended.