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Rankings and Distinctions

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


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Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs accreditation

 Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S. degree)  Accredited: Cycle End Date October 31, 2030 

School Counseling (M.S. degree) Accredited: Cycle End Date October 31, 2030 



Nursing BadgeLook to EIU for Affordable Nursing Degrees

2021 (General) EIU offers a variety of affordable nursing degrees, and is recognized as having one of the most afforable nursing programs in Illinois




PolySci BadgeEIU in Top 11 of Best Value Online Master's in Political Science

April 2021 EIU ranks alongside Harvard in's rankings of online Master's in Political Science Degrees



EIU a Top Military-Friendly School

April 2021 EIU again ranks as a Top Military-Friendly School in America.

FirstGen BadgeNASPA Appoints EIU to First-Ever Cohort of First-Gen Forward Schools

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 Ranks EIU in Two Top Categories

March 2021 has once again recognized EIU for two of its top-tier Master's Programs:

CollegeConsensus Ranks EIU in Top Spots in Three Categories

2020-21 (Various) places EIU in three of its major high-ranking categories:



EIU Recognized for Role in Regional Health and Well Being

January 2021 Eastern Illinois University's advocacy for the roles of rural-regional universities is recognized by the Alliance for Research on Rural Colleges

Affordable Masters BadgeEIU Celebrated for Offering Most Affordable Master's Degree Programs

January 2021 shares the value and affordability of EIU's Master'sDegree Programs





Other Notable Rankings and Distinctions for EIU

  • April 2021 -- EIU recognized for having one of the lowest student loan default rates in the nation. (
  • March 2021 -- EIU Ranked 12th for Best Online Bachelor's Degrees in Communications (
  • October 2020 -- EIU is a leader in preparing undergraduates to earn doctoral degrees. Among similar institutions (those with a master's as their highest degree), EIU is ranked the highest in Illinois and is in the top 6% nationwide. (NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates)

*also recognized by as a Best Affordable Online Master's in History institution

Previous and/or Recurring Rankings



Safest College Town in Illinois ranks Charleston, Illinois—home of Eastern Illinois University—as one of the Top 25 Safest Cities in Illinois.


EIU Tops List of Independent Public Regional University in Illinois for Best Value

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!


According to Washington Monthly, Eastern Illinois University ranks amongst the Midwest's “Best Bang for the Buck” universities, and also earned high marks as a top Master’s Institution in Illinois.



Nationally Recognized for Transfer Options & Efficiencies

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.


Ranked #1 in Illinois for Empowering Autistic 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

 Top Online MBA

EIU's Online MBA Program Earns High Ranks

Eastern Illinois University ranks as the #4 overall for Top Online MBA Programs in Illinois according to Online MBA Today.


A 4-Star Ranking 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 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) 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

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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