Eastern Illinois University is a public state institution of higher learning located in Charleston, Illinois. Founded in 1895 as the Eastern Illinois State Normal School, the school’s original purpose was to be a two-year training school for teachers. Over the years the university has grown to include areas of specialization outside of education. In 1921, to recognize its status as a four-year institution, the university changed its name to Eastern Illinois State Teachers College. However, in the next twenty years, the college began to offer other four-year degrees in areas such as business, liberal arts, and many others. As a result, the university changed its name yet again to Eastern Illinois State College in 1947. Ten years later, the university adopted its current name. Eastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Eastern Illinois University is classified as a medium-sized institution. EIU has almost 9,000 undergraduate students and a little less than 1,500 graduate students. Almost 80 percent of students return to EIU for their second year. The average age of the EIU student body is 22 years old; however, the average age for full time students is 21 years old. A little more than ten percent of students qualify as part-time students. An overwhelming majority of students are from Illinois; only two percent of student live outside the state of Illinois. EIU has a significantly greater proportion of female to male students at a gender ratio of about 60:40. Almost three quarters of EIU students are Caucasian; although, 17 percent of students are African American and about five percent of students are Hispanic.
As a public institution, tuition and fees vary for in and out of state students. Annual tuition and fees for full time, in-state students is about $11,00 and tuition and fees for full time, out of state students is around $27,500. Students who qualify as part-time calculate tuition on a per credit hour basis. Part-time, in-state students cost per credit hour is $280 and part-time, out of state students cost per credit hour is $835. Paying for tuition can be an overwhelming time; however, students are encouraged to take full advantage of the financial aid resources. While most of the financial aid distributed to students is via loans and part-time jobs, around 40 percent of aid is from scholarships and loans. About 77 percent of students were judged to have need and almost all were offered aid. A little more than five percent of students had their full financial aid need met. First year EIU students receive an average financial aid package of about $11,000. Students at EIU typical indebtedness as graduation is around $28,500.
At Eastern Illinois University students can earn degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the most popular majors at EIU include business, education, communications and psychology. Students interested in earning their bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, and those who wish to pursue a master’s degree must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours.
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Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:2,423
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