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About EIU

Lots of universities say they are student focused. But at EIU, we really mean it.
We make an extraordinary investment in each and every student.

About Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships.

Consistently ranked in the top third of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News & World Report, EIU has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty.

Student graduation and retention rates are well above state and national averages, and that success continues after students earn their degrees—year after year, EIU ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

Eastern Illinois University is a premier comprehensive university, global in its reach and impact, where personal connections with faculty and staff support students’ academic success.

Why Choose EIU?

checkbox Outstanding Value

Ranked by multiple national publications as affordable, EIU offers in-state tuition to ALL of our students.

checkbox Extraordinary Support

Lots of universities say they are student focused. At EIU, we really mean it. Being a student here is like being part of a family—you're with a close-knit group who cares about your success. Our faculty is there to support you every step of the way.

checkbox A Tradition of Excellence

EIU has been ranked by multiple national publications for its superior degree programs. U.S. News & World Report ranked us the #8 top public regional university in the Midwest—the highest-ranking public university in Illinois.

checkbox Alumni Success

90% of EIU grads secure work within 6 months of graduation—and they're happy with their credentials. The alumni satisfaction rate is 98% one year after graduation and an incredible 99% nine years later.

checkbox Convenience & Flexibility

Our online programs are designed specifically for working professionals. Learn—when it's convenient for you.

checkbox Affordable & Accessible

EIU online programs are some of the most affordable around and have a pay-by-the-course option. If you have a laptop, tablet or phone, you can plug into our coursework—wherever and whenever you want.

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