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EIU Master of Science in Counseling

Counseling Admissions Day

February 24th, 2023

Counseling Admissions Day provides an opportunity for candidates to the Counseling program to be interviewed by faculty members for admission to the program, as well as learn more about the program. Invited candidates will have an opportunity to spend time with faculty and students, ask questions during faculty and student panels, and learn more about graduate assistantships. Candidates must apply to the Counseling program, apply to the Graduate School, and submit two letters of recommendation in order to be invited to attend the interview.

An email with information will be sent to candidates invited to interview. If you have any further questions, please see our FAQ or contact the office. 

The preferred date for candidates to have their application materials turned in by is February 3rd, 2023. For more information about our application process, please see the Apply Now tab in our menu. 

Tentative Schedule 

8:30-9:00 AM       Check in at the Doudna Fine Arts Center

9:00 AM               Welcome

9:15 AM               Faculty Panel

10:00 AM             Group Interview OR Orientation, Student Panel, and a tour of the EIU campus

11:30 AM             Lunch with current CHE graduate students

12:45 PM             Group Interview OR Orientation, Student Panel and a tour of the EIU campus



Accommodations in Charleston

Eastern Illinois University

EIU's housing accommodations include a furnished traditional residence hall room with a semi-private bath.   Rooms are furnished with sheets, towels, pillows, blankets, alarm clock, mini fridge and telephone (no long distance). Additionally, each floor has a TV lounge (tables with chairs, couches, TV, etc.) with a large refrigerator and microwave. Rooms are $25 per night including tax, and payment is due on the last day of your stay by check or cash. Students are assigned to a single room.

Space is limited so make reservations with:

Mr. Matt Boyer
via email at or by phone 217-581-7482

920 W Lincoln, Charleston

Days Inn
810 W Lincoln Avenue, Charleston

Bethany House, Bed & Breakfast
13975 E CR 720 N, Charleston
877-348-1233 (toll free)

Accommodations in Mattoon (10 miles away)

Comfort Suites
Rte 16 & I-57, Mattoon

Ramada Inn
300 Broadway, Mattoon

Baymont Inn & Suites
Rte 16 East, Mattoon
217-234-2355 or 1-800-228-2800

Super 8 Motel
Rte 16 East, Mattoon
217-235-8888 or 1-800-800-8000

Hampton Inn
Rte 16 East, Mattoon
217-234-4267 or 1-800-Hampton

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Where should I park when I come for the interview?

When coming for the interview, make sure to arrive early in order to find a parking spot. Please go to the Parking Services on Grant & 7th and obtain a visitor's parking pass. They will then direct you to the visitor parking lot. If this lot is full, go back to Parking Services and they can direct you to other locations to park. 

What should I wear to the interview?

The day will include a formal group interview, a faculty panel, and the opportunity to go on campus and meet with departments to talk about graduate assistantships. Please dress appropriately. 

What do I need to bring to the interview?

It is not necessary that you bring anything to the interview day. However, if you are interested in graduate assistantship opportunities, you may want to bring copies of your resume if you plan on meeting with supervisors. 

My letter of recommendation got lost in the mail. Should I still come to the interview?

Many times, letters of recommendation will get lost in the mail or may be sent to the wrong department. Make sure to follow up with your letters of recommendation to make sure they made it to our department. If you do not think your letter will make it in time, please call or email the office to let us know so we can make arrangements. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact the office.

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Contact Information

Counseling and Higher Education

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2400

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