Eastern Illinois University is a public institution that was founded in 1895. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,225, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 320 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Eastern Illinois University’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 52.

Eastern Illinois University is a public comprehensive university that offers superior, accessible undergraduate and graduate education. Students learn the methods and results of free and rigorous inquiry in the arts, humanities, sciences, and professions, guided by a faculty known for its excellence in teaching, research, creative activity, and service. The University community is committed to diversity and inclusion and fosters opportunities for student-faculty scholarship and applied learning experiences within a student-centered campus culture. Throughout their education, students refine their abilities to reason and to communicate clearly so as to become responsible citizens and leaders.


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The student-faculty ratio at Eastern Illinois University is 16:1, and the school has 32.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Eastern Illinois University include: Business, management, marketing, and related support services; Education; English language and literature/letters; Family and consumer sciences/human sciences; and Liberal arts and sciences studies, and humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.2 percent.

Eastern Illinois University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,225, with a gender distribution of 42.0 percent male students and 58.0 percent female students. 41.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59.0 percent of students live off campus.

Eastern Illinois University’s colors are blue and gray; the sports teams’ mascot is the Panther. With the exception of the men’s soccer and swimming teams, the teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Ohio Valley Conference. The men’s soccer program competes in the Missouri Valley Conference and the swim team competes in The Summit League. The Eastern Football team is coached by Bob Spoo and competes at home in O’Brien Stadium. In 2010, it was announced that Eastern Illinois would join The Summit League in men’s soccer.

Eastern Illinois University is the only NCAA Division I institution that offer women’s rugby as a varsity sport.

EIU counts John Malkovich, Actor and Chris Campbell, NFL player, among many of their notable alumni.

Eastern Illinois University offers a number of student services including non-remedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Eastern Illinois University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.)

At Eastern Illinois University, 50.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,632.

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