Eastern Illinoin University
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Discover EIU
Getting to know us...

About EIU

Old Main Construction - 1898 Pemberton Hall Addition - 1960 MLK Student Union - 1985 Renewable Energy Center - 2011

Eastern Illinois University has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships.

Consistently ranked in the top third of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, Eastern offers a textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester.

A variety of excellent on-campus housing opportunities are available on the safe, compact 320-acre campus. Student graduation and retention rates are well above state and national averages, and that success continues after students earn their degrees – year after year, Eastern ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction.

Road Trip!

Visiting Campus

A campus visit is the best way to get a feel for life at Eastern. Shadow a current EIU student and get a first-hand look at what it is like to be EIU. Let us show you around our beautiful campus during a student-led tour. Tours offered Monday – Friday at 11 am and 2 pm and select Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Three open house programs are offered and provide convenient, one-stop shopping. Learn about academic majors while visiting with EIU faculty and staff. Sit in on sessions discussing financial aid, housing, student life and much more. Tour the residence halls and enjoy lunch on us.

Friday, July 8th

Open House

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Mon-Fri. 11am & 2pm

Daily Visit

  • Classes in session
  • Walking campus tour
    (includes residence hall room)
  • Schedule meetings with
    instructors in your major
  • Meet with an
    admissions counselor
  • Enrollment offices open
    (no appointment needed)
  • *Groups tours available
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Select Saturdays

Saturday Visits

  • Classes not in session
  • Continental breakfast
  • Walking campus tour
    (includes residence hall room)
  • Group presentation
  • NOTE: Saturday Visits dates will
    become available in the Fall.
Shadow a Student


  • Shadow a current EIU student
  • Attend classes
  • Lunch on us
  • Tour campus
  • NOTE: Saturday Visits dates will
    become available in the Fall.

*Are you bringing an educational organization or group to campus? You can sign up here and an admissions counselor will contact you to confirm your visit.

Getting to EIU

Eastern Illinois University is located off Interstate 57, about 50 miles south of Champaign and about 40 miles north of Effingham. Once you get into Charleston, you will see our main landmark Old Main, on Lincoln Avenue. Turn right (south) on Seventh Street and enter the circle drive on the east end of Old Main. Parking permits are available in the Office of Admissions, located at 1230 Old Main. Parking is available in the X lot located on the west side of Seventh Street. Map it! Looking for a place to stay? See local accommodations.

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
  • Urbana-Champaign - 50 miles
  • Chicago - 180 miles
  • Bloomington-Normal - 110 miles
  • Decatur - 55 miles
  • Quad Cities - 245 miles
  • Carbondale - 160 miles
  • St. Louis - 135 miles
  • Bloomington, IN - 100 miles
  • Indianapolis, IN - 120 miles
  • Terre Haute, IN - 50 miles
Indiana/Missouri/Iowa/Kentucky residents pay
in-state tuition rates.

A look around EIU

Virtual Tours

Eastern's compact size makes it quick and easy to get around campus, but we understand if you're still a little nervous about finding your way around when you first arrive. That's why we've put together this virtual tour!

This tour gives you a real-life look at what you'll see every day once you're on campus. Our goal is for you to feel at home here from day one, and this should go a long way to help make that goal a reality! If you’d still like to see a more traditional campus map, we’ve got you covered there as well.

virtual tour
Admissions Staff

Meet your Admissions Counselors

Luis Alarcon

Chicago & Central Illinois

Molly Button

Central, Southeast Illinois & Indiana

Anne Marino

Southwest Suburban Cook, Will, Grundy, LaSalle, Lake Counties

Kathy McSherry

North and West Suburban Chicago, Northern Illinois, and Wisconsin

Rita Pearson

Transfer Coordinator/Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Zach Samples

Graduate Assistant, On-campus Counselor

Shijuana M. Shannon

Chicago, South Suburban Cook County and Northwest Indiana

Omar Akil Solomon

Southern IL and Missouri

Brittany Trimble

East Central Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky

Chelsea Woodard

Suburban Chicago, Western Illinois, and Iowa

Cecilia Yoakum

Transfer Counselor

Additional Admissions Staff

Kara Hadley-Shakya

Interim Director of Admissions

Tom Glenn

Associate Director of Admissions

Denise Lee

Assistant Director, Processing