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2021 (General) -- EIU offers a variety of affordable nursing degrees, and is recognized as having one of the most afforable nursing programs in Illinois.
April 2021 -- EIU ranks alongside Harvard in ValueColleges.com's rankings of online Master's in Political Science Degrees.
April 2021 -- EIU again ranks as a Top Military-Friendly School in America.
March 2021 -- First-Gen Forward is the nation's first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success. The organization appointed EIU as a member of its first-ever cohort of committed schools.
March 2021 -- Intelligent.com has once again recognized EIU for two of its top-tier Master's Programs:
2020-21 (Various) -- CollegeConsensus.com places EIU in three of its major high-ranking categories:
January 2021 -- Eastern Illinois University's advocacy for the roles of rural-regional universities is recognized by the Alliance for Research on Rural Colleges.
January 2021 -- BestValueSchools.org shares the value and affordability of EIU's Master'sDegree Programs.
*also recognized by MastersProgramGuide.com as a Best Affordable Online Master's in History institution
September 2020 -- Eastern Illinois University is ranked the highest independent public regional university in Illinois, according to data released by U.S. News & World Report.
Safewise.com ranks Charleston, Illinois—home of Eastern Illinois University—as one of the Top 25 Safest Cities in Illinois.
In addition to being recognized as the 3rd-most affordable college town in the entire nation according to CBS News Money Watch, Eastern Illinois University’s own Charleston, Illinois ranks as the #1 most affordable college town in all of Illinois!
Eastern Illinois University is recognized as a Phi Theta Kappa 2020 Transfer Honor Roll institution, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.
Eastern Illinois University placed 1st in Illinois on the Best Online Colleges for Students with Autism 2020 list and 6th nationally on the Great Value Colleges list. The sites shares how, through peer mentorships and social skills groups, EIU’s STEP program empowers its students through opportunity and encouragement. EIU is also a top 30 best college for students on the Autism Spectrum according to AppliedBehaviorAnalysisPrograms.com.
Eastern Illinois University ranks as the #4 overall for Top Online MBA Programs in Illinois according to Online MBA Today.
Eastern Illinois University is designated a “Premier Institution” with a 4 out of 5 star rating by the Campus Pride Index—an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program, and practice.
Eastern Illinois University is designated as a Tree Campus USA for actively engaging with its immediate communities to focus on campus, and community, forestry efforts.
Eastern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Additionally, many programs at EIU have earned recognition from other external accrediting agencies.
Please note: EIU is actively working to update the "Accreditation Through Year" column with the most current accreditation information and dates.
|Program||Accrediting Agency||Accreditation Through Year|
|Art||National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)||2022|
|Athletic Training||Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)||2022|
|Business and Accounting||The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)||2025|
|Chemistry||American Chemical Society (ACS)||2021|
|Communication Disorders/Sciences||Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA-ASHA)||2024|
|Community/School Counseling||Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)||2021|
|Eastern Illinois University||Higher Learning Commission (HLC)||2025|
|Educator Preparation Programs||Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)||2025|
|Family and Consumer Sciences||American Association of Schools of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)||2022|
|Journalism||Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC)||2024|
|Music||National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)||2026|
|Nutrition and Dietetics (Undergraduate)||The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)||2024|
|Nutrition and Dietetics Internship (Graduate)||The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)||2024|
|Nursing||American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)||2024|
|Recreation Administration||National Recreation and Parks Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation (NRPA/AALR)||2022|
|Tarble Arts Center||American Alliance of Museums||2024|
|Theatre Arts||National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)||2019*
*Site visit delayed due to COVID
|Program||Accrediting Agency||Accreditation Through Year|
|Early Childhood Education||National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)||2025|
|Elementary Education||Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)||2025|
|English Education||National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)||2025|
|Foreign Language Education||American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)||2025|
|Mathematics Education||National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)||2025|
|Physical Education||National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)||2025|
|School Counseling||Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)||2021|
|School Psychology||National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)||2025|
|Science Education||National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)||2024|
|Social Science Education||National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)||2025|
|Special Education||Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)||2025|