Eastern Illinoin University
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Life at EIU
Come for the architecture,
stay for the amazing talent…

The Arts at EIU

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Eastern’s commitment to the arts is evident at first glance when you check out our newest architectural landmark – the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Designed by internationally renowned architect Antoine Predock, the facility boasts several public performance and display spaces, as well as state-of-the-art studio space for the study and practice of fine arts.

The Doudna is a hub of activity, with shows and performances bringing in crowds from across campus and the entire region. Shows can feature anything from student-directed plays and Music Department ensembles to visits from authors like Sarah Vowell, to musical performances by the Tartan Terrors or Blind Boys of Alabama and even the occasional high-flying act like that put on by High Art.

The building also houses EIU’s departments of Art, Music and Theatre Arts, along with the College of Arts and Humanities dean’s office.

Snooze, snack, repeat …

University Housing and Dining

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A lot of people call Eastern home, and we intend to make it feel that way. A number of residence hall options await you, so one of them is bound to be the perfect fit. Freshmen are required to live on campus during their first year at EIU, but we’re pretty sure you’ll love it. In fact, many students choose to stick with the residence halls throughout their time at Eastern.

We know nothing can top a home-cooked meal, but we’ve done our best to provide a variety of dining options (dare we say more options than you get at home?!). Everyone at Panther Dining knows between classes, activities and friends, your schedule is packed already, so they do their best to meet any and all of your dining needs.

Armed with only your Panther Card, you can get basic college staples like cereal; get exactly what you want, as with custom-made omelets; and enjoy familiar favorites like pizza, salads and burgers.

Your choices will include four residential hall dining centers, the University Food Court with five fast/fresh food locations, the Java Beanery and Bakery coffee shop, and two Marketplace Convenience Centers. Finding a place to eat and relax here is not going to be a problem. We promise.

Bleed Blue…


Whether you’re an athlete or a spectator, the Panthers have activities to participate in. EIU’s Blue Crew is there to cheer on almost all of our teams, but you can never have too many fans in the stands.

Eastern offers plenty of sports teams for you to cheer on – 9 intercollegiate athletic programs for men and 9 for women. The Panthers are NCAA Division I, with football competing in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

As members of the Ohio Valley Conference, Eastern’s Panthers compete with four universities in Tennessee, three in Kentucky, one in Alabama, one in Illinois and one in Missouri. Men’s soccer and men’s and women’s swimming participate in The Summit League.

Oh, and tell Billy Panther we sent you.

College is more fun with friends ...

Registered Student Organizations

Eastern has nearly 200 RSOs, so whether you want to get involved in Greek organizations, gather with Harry Potter enthusiasts or hone your Xbox skills with fellow gamers, you'll find ways to expand your collegiate experience outside the traditional classroom setting.

Some RSOs focus on academics, while others deal in politics, religion or culture. You can find service organizations if you want to help those in need, or just need someone to talk with about common interests.

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Rec it up...

Campus Recreation and Intramurals

Avoid the infamous Freshman 15 with the help of Campus Recreation. They provide a huge variety of intramural and informal recreation opportunities. The 70,500-square-foot Student Recreation Center includes gyms, a jogging track, cardio equipment, stationary bikes, free weights and more. And if you don’t want to spend your workout time indoors, take it outside with a disc-golf course, tennis or basketball courts and other available facilities.