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Eastern Illinois University has been named the state's top regional online university by BestColleges.com. 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.
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.
Eastern Illinois University is ranked the highest independent public regional university in Illinois, according to new data released by U.S. News & World Report.
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.
Safewise.com 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!
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 ranks #1 in affordability and 3rd overall in the Guide to Online School’s list of 2018 Best Online Colleges in Illinois.
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.
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.
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 https://cybersecurityventures.com
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.
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)||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|
|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|