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EIU Open House to offer exclusive look at state’s top public regional university


Eastern Illinois University will host a Friday, February 8 Open House, giving community college transfer students an exclusive look at all the opportunities Illinois’ top-ranked public regional university can provide.

EIU’s February 8 Open House will feature representatives from every academic area at EIU, as well as representatives from the Departments of Admissions, Financial Aid and Housing and Dining.

“Visiting campus during our Open House events is the perfect opportunity to see what EIU is all about,” said Kelly Miller, EIU director of Admissions. “The college search process is all about helping students find the best fit for their academic and career interests. We’ve found that students who are interested in small class sizes, personal attention from faculty and staff, the opportunity to have hands-on involvement with relevant research in their field, and a desire to positively serve and impact people and communities often find that EIU is an exceptional fit.”

“We want every prospective student at this event to learn exactly what EIU can do for them and their futures,” added Miller. “The Friday visit will give open house participants a great opportunity to explore what a ‘day in the life’ looks like as current EIU students head to class and campus events as part of their normal routines.”

Miller shared that because EIU is able to personalize the open house experience to individual participants, prospective students are given exclusive opportunities to meet and interact with faculty and staff members from departments and areas most closely aligned with their interests.

“That approach helps us create the early relationships students need to become engaged in their college experience, and to help them succeed as EIU students and as future Eastern alumni.”

The February 8 visit will include campus tours, a current EIU student question-and-answer panel, and a complimentary lunch. Prospective students who apply for EIU admission during the open house event also will have their application fees waived—normally a $30 charge—along with the side-by-side assistance of EIU admissions counselors who can assist them with the college application process.

Last fall, EIU was once again named Illinois’ top public regional institution by U.S. News & World Report—a distinction EIU has held for several consecutive years, and one that EIU representatives are always eager to share with prospective students looking for their future college home.

“EIU students are successful because our qualified faculty and caring staff create strategic and meaningful student outcomes,” Miller said. “We absolutely love what we do, because we absolutely love seeing our students succeed. Our open houses are special for us, because for so many, that’s where the great relationships with our students start.”

For more information about or to register for EIU’s February 8 Open House, visit To learn more about EIU’s various programs and services, visit the EIU website at, or call EIU’s public information office at (217) 581-7400.



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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

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600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-8444

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