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Rank: 121

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, ILhttps://www.eiu.edu/
Eastern Illinois University was established as a teachers’ school in the late 1800s, and education is still one of its core strengths. But EIU has grown since then and today offers more than 50 undergraduate degrees in a wide range of concentrations. Popular majors include health and physical education, communications and media studies, and psychology. Tuition at this state university is reasonable, and EIU’s website includes a handy searchable database containing more than 600 scholarships for the school. The university may not be widely known as a football powerhouse, but it claims some impressive NFL connections. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, and longtime Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan all played for EIU. Arts play a vibrant role on campus, too. The Doudna Fine Arts Center hosts music, theater and dance events, and the Tarble Arts Center has galleries, workshop space, and a folk arts collection and archives with art from eastern and southern Illinois. Graduate art students can work in studios in the Burl Ives Studio Hall, named for another one of the school’s notable alumni.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: EIU is offering a mix of hybrid, in-person, and remote classes this fall. All departmental and campus meetings will be kept to a minimum, prioritizing essential meetings only.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$25,100
% of students who get any grants
70%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,800
Average price for low-income students
$12,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
55%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1020/20
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
4,630
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
78%
% of need met
56%
% of students who get merit* grants
12%
Average merit grant
$3,940
student success
Graduation rate
58%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$22,500
Average salary within 5 years
$44,300
% earning more than $28,000
77%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: EIU is offering a mix of hybrid, in-person, and remote classes this fall. All departmental and campus meetings will be kept to a minimum, prioritizing essential meetings only.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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