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)

Nursing Program

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


  • Designated #2 on "The 10 Most Affordable College Towns in America" list by (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

  • 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

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