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EIU Office of Admissions

Virtual Visit

Visiting EIU is a great way to experience student life and learn more about our academic opportunities, but if you can't make it in-person, use this information to learn more about our amazing campus.

Schedule a Virtual Meeting

Search for your current high school or college and we'll send you to the admissions counselor you should schedule a virtual visit with:


You can also sign up for one of the daily virtual events below (all times Central):

Virtual EIU Open House Monday, July 20, 2020

A virtual open house is a great way to experience student life and learn more about our academic opportunities.

  • Virtual tours of campus hosted by current EIU students
  • Learn more about the admissions, financial aid, and housing process
  • Eligible students may apply for free
Sign up for Open House!
Virtual EIU Presentations Weekday Options

We are offering online sessions that include information on admission, housing, financial aid, academics, and student life for prospective or admitted students and their families. Multiple session dates and times are available.

EIU Presentation and Q&A
Mon-Fri @ 11 a.m.
Admitted Student Next Step and Q&A
Tue-Thurs @ 3 p.m.
Transfer EIU Presentation and Q&A
Thurs @ 1 p.m.

Ofrecemos sesiones en línea en español que incluye información sobre admisión, hospedaje y vivienda, ayuda financiera, programas académicos, y vida estudiantil para estudiantes y sus familias.

Presentación Virtual de EIU en español
Jueves a las 10 a.m.
Live Campus Tour with an EIU Student Mondays-Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Interested in touring campus and hearing from an EIU student? Sign up to take this virtual tour, which will be led by one of our outstanding EIU tour guides! Mon.-Thurs. at 2 p.m.

Live Campus Tour with an EIU Student
Mon.-Thurs. @ 2 p.m.

Welcome from the President

Virtual Tour

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Financial Aid

Hear from a financial aid expert about what you should be doing now. Get your questions answered here first!

Housing

Discover the many options for on-campus housing and dining at Eastern.

Career Services

Discover the tools Eastern has to offer to help you decide on a major and a career path.

Admitted Students

Next Steps for Freshmen

Learn about next steps of the enrollment process, have your questions answered and learn what makes EIU such a great place to live, learn and thrive.

Welcome From EIU's Faculty

Dr. Michael Gillespie, an associate professor of sociology at EIU, welcomes you to Eastern on behalf of the entire faculty!

Transfers

Next Steps for Transfers

Learn about next steps of the transfer enrollment process, have your questions answered and learn what makes EIU such a great place to live, learn and thrive.

Transfer Admissions

Learn about EIU's transfer process and how we are here to support you every step of the way!

ROTC

For more than 30 years, the Alumni of the Panther Battalion have used their leadership skills in influencing, motivating and inspiring their organizations all over the world.

En Español

Housing (En Español)

Conozca las opciones de vivienda para estudiantes.

Next Step for Freshman (En Español)

Conozca los próximos pasos del proceso de inscripción, responda sus preguntas y sepa qué hace que EIU sea un excelente lugar para vivir, aprender y prosperar.


Freshman FAQs

When is the best time to apply? Where do I apply?

EIU has rolling admissions, meaning you can apply at any time. We do suggest that students apply a year prior to their enrollment term. If you haven’t already, sign up for a MyEIU account. MyEIU is your portal to everything EIU. Once you create an account, you’ll be prompted to “Apply Now.” The application only takes 10 minutes and does not require letters of recommendation or a personal essay. https://www.eiu.edu/myeiu/

What is EIU’s admissions criteria?

Standard admissions requirements are a 960 SAT or 18 ACT with a 2.5/4.0 GPA. If your school is on a 5.0 scale, the best way to estimate your 4.0 GPA is to lower the score by 1.0. For example, if you have a 4.0/5.0 GPA on your transcript, you would have a 3.0/4.0 GPA.

For students who are slightly below the admission standard, there is the Gateway program. Admission to the Gateway program is limited and isn’t guaranteed. Based off of your application, we may ask for additional information, such as a personal essay and letter of recommendation. https://www.eiu.edu/advising/gateway.php

Is it possible to get the application fee waived?

Some students may qualify for a fee waiver if they have economic need. Check out if you qualify here: fee waiver form. You can fill out this form and email it to admissions@eiu.edu.

For students applying for Fall 2020, apply for free now through July 1st using waiver code SP20.

How can I check the status of my application?

The easiest way to check the status of your application is to log on to your MyEIU account and review your MyEIU checklist. Missing documents that are necessary to make an admissions decision will be listed. Please allow our processing team 7-10 business days to process incoming documents, especially during busy times. If you have any questions about your application, do not hesitate to contact your admissions counselor.

Is it possible to get the enrollment deposit waived?

EIU will work with students to defer their enrollment deposit if they have economic need. You can work with your high school counselor or EIU admissions counselor to see if you qualify for a deferment. Check out if you qualify here: enrollment deposit waiver form

Who is my admissions counselor and how do I connect with them?

Every prospective student has an admissions counselor. To find yours, log in to your MyEIU account and click the homepage. Once on the home page, your admissions counselor will be listed, along with their contact information. You can also find your admissions counselor and schedule a virtual appointment with them here: https://www.eiu.edu/admissions/staff.php.

I have Dual Credit and/or AP credits that I want to transfer to EIU. How do I do this?

If you have taken or are in a dual credit class at a community college or university, contact the community college’s or university’s registrar office and request an official transcript be sent to EIU. You will want to do this after you have completed the class and your official grades have been posted. EIU will review your transcript and determine how the credits will transfer to EIU.

Students who want to receive credit for AP courses will need to take the course’s AP test. The score you earn on the test will determine the number of college credits received. The best way to see if you will receive credit for the AP course is to look at the following link: https://www.eiu.edu/registra/advancedplace.php. If you have additional questions on AP courses and how they transfer, you can contact the Office of the Registrar either by calling (217) 581-3511 or emailing records@eiu.edu.

What are the requirements to qualify for your freshman merit scholarships?

Automatic merit scholarships are based off a student’s ACT or SAT score and their GPA. A qualified student would have a 1030 or higher on the SAT (20 or higher on the ACT) and a minimum 3.0 GPA. To find out what’s you’ll receive, visit https://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/merit.php.

What majors and minors does EIU have?

EIU offers a variety of majors and degree programs for students. If you haven’t already, check out our majors and minors database: https://www.eiu.edu/majors/. Our interactive database will give you an overview of each major with additional resources, and a link to the department website.

I haven’t decided on a major. Are there resources to help me?

We don't expect all students to arrive on campus knowing exactly what they want to study, and we welcome and support students who haven't quite gotten to the point of committing to a degree path. In fact, "undecided" is the most popular "major" for incoming freshmen. more info for undecided students

I’m admitted, now I want to update my major.

Great! No worries. You can email admissions@eiu.edu and let them know what you would like to change your major to.

Does EIU require students to live on campus?

Freshmen are required to live on campus. Due to COVID-19, EIU has made the decision to provide all students with a single-occupancy room for the 20-21 academic year at no additional cost. Anyone with 30 credit hours or more is not required to live on campus. However, freshmen may commute to campus if you meet one of the exceptions, such as if you live with a parent or guardian within a 50-mile radius of campus. To be approved for an exception, you must complete the following form: https://www.eiu.edu/housing/Freshmen_ruling_form%20.pdf.

What are your visit opportunities?

Currently, due to COVID-19, we are not hosting on campus visits. We do have a virtual visit opportunity, which include a virtual tour, information session, a welcome from President Glassman, and the opportunity to connect virtually with your admissions counselor. https://www.eiu.edu/admissions/virtual.php

I sent my FAFSA, how do I know if EIU received it?

Your financial aid package will be found on your MyEIU account on your Financial Aid tab. You also will receive a letter in the mail for a physical copy. Both the electronic and physical copy will have directions to accept the financial aid through your PAWS account. If you would like to go over your financial aid package, email your admissions counselor to set up a virtual meeting time or a phone call time.

I received a financial aid package, but I have a few questions.

Your admissions counselor would be happy to walk through your financial aid package and answer any questions that you have. If we do not have the answers, we can work with an EIU financial aid representative to get them answered.

Where and when do I apply for scholarships?

Once you are admitted, use your EIU Net ID and password to log in to our scholarship search engine. Complete the general application and the system will automatically enter you for some qualifying scholarships. Make sure to check out other opportunities as well. It only takes a couple of minutes to apply for most of our scholarships. https://eiu.academicworks.com/

Where can I find my EIU Net ID and password?

You can find your EIU net ID and password in your admit letter sent to you in the mail. You can also find it posted in your MyEIU account underneath the checklist tab. Your EIU Net ID will be a combination of your first and last name. The password is auto-generated. Please note that once you update your password, it will no longer be listed in your MyEIU account.

What is orientation? Where can I sign up to receive more information?

  • It’s a program designed to provide you with an overview of campus, allow you to meet with an academic advisor, register for courses, and complete several other tasks necessary before you start at EIU.
  • All summer orientation programs will be conducted virtually.
  • You can sign up for an orientation date through MyEIU after you have paid your New Student Enrollment Deposit of $150. You will be emailed an invitation to the program once sign-up dates have become available (generally in March). The invitation will have a program reservation link to MyEIU. You will need to complete the reservation form online to secure a program date.
  • After logging in to MyEIU, click on View Entire Checklist.
    • If you have paid your enrollment deposit, you will see a green box labeled "Orientation/Transition" and will be eligible to register.
    • If you have not paid your enrollment deposit, you will not see the "Orientation/Transition" box and will not be eligible to register yet.

What Our Students Have to Say

Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions

1230 Old Main
600 Lincoln Ave. Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-2223
877-581-2348
admissions@eiu.edu


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