Eastern Illinoin University
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Discover EIU
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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 are 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.

  • Daily Visit
  • Mon-Fri. 11am & 2pm
  • 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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*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/Michigan/Wisconsin 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 or perhaps look at our online campus map, we’ve got you covered there as well.

virtual tour
Admissions Staff

Meet your Admissions Counselors

Erica Aguilar

Suburban Chicago (Bilingual Spanish)

Molly Button

Central, Southeast Illinois & Indiana

Kelli Halfman

Transfer Counselor

Jessica Lang


Anne Marino

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

Cayla C Maurer

Southern Illinois & Missouri

Rita Pearson

Transfer Coordinator

Yazmin Rodriguez

Shijuana Shannon

Chicago, South Suburban Cook County and Northwest Indiana.

Kayla Slusher

Omar Solomon

Suburban Chicago

Justin Tierney

Admissions Counselor for Central Illinois

Cecilia Yoakum

Transfer Counselor

Additional Admissions Staff

Kelly P Miller

Director of Admissions

Denise Lee

Associate Director, Processing

Brittany Tierney

Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment, Campus Visits, and Special Events