Accreditation & Accolades
EIU has a reputation for strong academics and alumni success.
Year after year, we’re ranked by national publications.
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Designated #2 on "The 10 Most Affordable College Towns in America" list by BusinessInsider.com (2015)
Ranked in the top 12 "America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges 2015" in the Midwest by Washington Monthly
Offers the lowest administrative cost per student among Illinois public universities, according to a recent report by the Illinois Auditor General
Ranked the #8 top public regional university in the Midwest—the highest-ranking public regional comprehensive university in Illinois—by U.S. News & World Report (2018)
Home of the 2011 and 2013 "Illinois Professor of the Year"
Designated #14 in the "The 50 Best Study-Abroad Programs" in America by BestCollegeReviews.org
Retention rate is 7% higher than the national average
90% of grads secure work within 6 months of graduation
Alumni satisfaction rate is 98% one year after graduation and 99% nine years after graduation
Prepares more undergraduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees than any other master's college/university in Illinois, per a recent National Science Foundation survey
The first choice school for more than 75% of new students in the Pine Honors College
EIU is ranked #12 in the "Top Public Schools, Regional Universities Midwest" by U.S. News & World Report, 2022