Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

School Details

Eastern Michigan University is a large, public university located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Established in 1849 as the Michigan State Normal School, the original purpose of the institution was to prepare individuals as teachers. The university was founded just 12 years after Michigan became a state and was the sixth teacher education institution in the United States. As the university built up its educational courses in order to provide four-year programs, the university changed its name to the Michigan State Normal College in 1899.

Over the next half century, the school expanded its academic programs past teacher education to include liberal arts four-year degree programs. As a result, in 1956, the school became Eastern Michigan College and three years later the school became Eastern Michigan University. Throughout the next 20 years EMU developed the Graduate School, the College of Business, the College of Technology, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services. Eastern Michigan University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Eastern Michigan University has around 19,000 undergraduate students and over 4,500 graduate students. EMU has approximately 1,000 international students from over 80 different countries. Three quarters of students return to EMU for their sophomore year and around 40 percent of students graduate within six years. The average age of the EMU student body is 24 years old and 22 years old for full-time students. Almost 30 percent of EMU students are considered part-time. EMU has a huge percentage of in-state students with only 8 percent of students living outside of Michigan. EMU is a Division I athletic institution in sports such as basketball, football, golf, swimming and ping, and track and field. Students also have many opportunities to get involved with other 340 student clubs and organizations. EMU has an application fee of $30 and is considered a somewhat selective institution.

Annual tuition and fees at EMU for a full time, in-state student is around $9,000 and for a full-time, out-of-state student about $24,000. Part-time students calculate tuition costs by the amount of credit hours taken. Part-time, in-state students’ cost per credit hour is around $260. Out-of-state, part-time students’ cost per credit hour is approximately $760. Students at Eastern Michigan University can receive financial aid from EMU, federal, state and private sources. Students can receive aid in the form of scholarships, student employment, grants and loans. Students applying for Federal Financial Aid should apply as soon as possible after January 1st as most aid is on a first come, first serve basis.

Students at EMU can earn their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. EMU offers undergraduate programs such as athletic training, communication, biology, finance, education, geology, music and many more. Bachelor’s programs require students to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students can earn their master’s degree in subjects such as physics, public policy, healthcare administration, and special education to name a few. Master’s degree students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours to complete the program. EMU offers three doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology, Technology and Educational Studies. The Technology and Educational Studies programs require students to complete an average of 60 credit hours. The Clinical Psychology programs requires a minimum of 90 credit hours.

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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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