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