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EIU Distinctions

Rankings and Distinctions

Newer/newest distinctions will be continuously added to the top of the page.


EIU Ranked as Best Online Regional University in Illinois

Eastern Illinois University has been named the state's top regional online university by EIU was selected for its academic rigor, low faculty-to-student ratio, and the access it gives students to online learning opportunities in myriad disciplines.



EIU Listed as State's Top Regional Institution

Eastern Illinois University is the state's highest-ranked regionally based institutions, according to College Consensus. In fact, EIU was the only regional university on the site's ranked list.




EIU Ranked #1 in Illinois...again!

Eastern Illinois University is ranked the highest independent public regional university in Illinois, according to new data released by U.S. News & World Report.

#1 "Best Bang for the Buck"
      University in the Midwest

#1 Master's Institution in Illinois

According to Washington Monthly, Eastern Illinois University ranks as Illinois’ #1 “Best Bang for the Buck” university in the Midwest outside the City of Chicago. Eastern Illinois University also ranks as the #1 Master’s Institution in Illinois.



Safest College Town
in Illinois ranks Charleston, Illinois—home of Eastern Illinois University—as the Safest College Town in Illinois and the Second-Safest College Town in all of America. Charleston also was recognized with the 2017 Hometown Governor’s Award for its Lake Charleston Trails -- a wonderful off-campus destination for students!


#1 Most Affordable College Town
     in the State of 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!


Illinois' Best Online Option!

#1 in Affordability

#3 Overall

Eastern Illinois University ranks #1 in affordability and 3rd overall in the Guide to Online School’s list of 2018 Best Online Colleges in Illinois.

Nationally Recognized for
Transfer Options & Efficiencies

Eastern Illinois University is recognized as a Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll institution, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.


Ranked #1 in Illinois
for Empowering Autistic Students

Eastern Illinois University was the only university in Illinois to earn a place on the Best Online Colleges for Students with Autism 2018/Best Value Schools list. The site shares how, through peer mentorships and social skills groups, EIU’s STEP program empowers its students through opportunity and encouragement.


A 2018 "Best Online College"
-- Affordable Colleges Online

Eastern Illinois University is ranked as a 2018 "Best Online College in Illinois" by Affordable Colleges Online, a national organization that uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the National Center for Education Statistics.

EIU is also featured for its online M.S. in Cybersecurity program at



 Top Online MBA

EIU's Online MBA Program
Earns High Ranks

Eastern Illinois University ranks as the #1 online MBA program in Illinois according to Best College Reviews, and #4 overall for Top Online MBA Programs in Illinois according to Online MBA Today.


A "Premier Institution" in Illinois for
LGBTQ Commitment, Support

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. EIU is the second-highest ranked university in Illinois.

EIU a National Benchmark
for Environmental Sustainability

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.

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Administration (Principal)
  • Educational Administration-Superintendent
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Foreign Language (Spanish, French, German)
  • Health Education
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education Secondary
  • Social Science Education
  • Special Education Early Childhood
  • Special Education K- 12
  • Technology Education

Accredited Programs

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) 2020
Athletic Training Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 2022
Business and Accounting The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) 2020
Chemistry American Chemical Society (ACS) 2021
Communication Disorders/Sciences Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA-ASHA) 2016
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) 2018
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

Educator Preparation Programs Recognized by NCATE/CAEP Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs)

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

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