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Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

About This Campus

Eastern Illinois University is a mid-sized, residential institution offering over 48 majors/minors, a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, personal attention, and experiential learning in four colleges: Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Education & Professional Studies, and Business & Applied Sciences. EIU's new $60 million Fine Arts Center establishes Eastern as a cultural hub for the area. Its Renewable Energy Center, which opened in 2011, is one of the largest biomass renewable energy centers in the country. Interested and qualifying students can pursue coursework in Honors programs, undertake independent research, practice the creative arts, participate in student media, and serve as resident assistants. EIU's 70,500-square-foot on-campus recreation center is open to all EIU students.

Location Information

Charleston, Illinois, is a small city with a rural feel located approximately 4 hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. It combines hominess with accessibility to travelers.

Helpful Information

Because NSE is housed in the Honors College, incoming NSE students may avail themselves of priority registration. This allows all levels of undergraduates to register senior week, and therefore enjoy the greatest variety of courses and course times possible. The NSE Coordinator registers incoming students for their courses, using the NSE Advising Agreement and follow up communications with students to make choices. A signed NSE Advising Agreement must be submitted prior to registration.

Chance of Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Charleston
Population | 21,133
Enrollment | 7,415
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/14
Spring | 01/07-5/3

Campus Diversity

White | 66%
Black | 17%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 8%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
*Nursing is limited. *Audition or portfolio is required for admissions to some fine arts classes. *Education and communication disorders programs open only to sophomores. *Business courses may require additional vetting by the Associate Chairperson. *FOR ALL STUDENTS: To attend in the summer, you must participate in both the 6-week session (June 11-July 20) and 8-week session (May 29-July 20). 12 hours (full-time status) may be earned in this manner.

Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Area Studies: Afro-American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Operation Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Studies

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, Organizational Communication

Consumer and Family Studies: Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Science/Services, Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Geology

Economics: Economics, International Economics

Education: Business and Marketing Education, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Special Education, Technical Education, Theatre Education, Vocational Education

Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Physics

English: English

Environmental Studies: Environmental Biology

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Merchandising, Textile Arts, Textiles and Clothing

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: French, German, Spanish

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Community Health, Dietetics, Disaster Studies, Emergency Administration and Planning, Exercise Science, Health Services Administration, Kinesiology

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management

Industrial Studies: Industrial Technology

Information Studies: Computer Science

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music/Jazz Studies, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Optometry Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Recreation Therapy, Sports Administration

Sociology/Social Work: Social Science, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Technology: Applied Engineering and Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Industrial Technology



Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, 173 computer or 79 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 02/27/18.
  • Estimated cost: $5693.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 02/27/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $250 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Activity Fee $152 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee $156 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $121 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Insurance $110 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee $48 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $75 Year Plan A Mandatory
Textbook Fee $9.75 Credit Hour Plan A & B Mandatory
Union Bond Fee $310 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Grant-in-Aid Fee $189 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Legal Services Fee $5.45 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Campus Improvement Fee $14.75 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $110 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
Use FAFSA CODE: 001674

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 02/27/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 48% living on campus
  • Double: $4680 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 10
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 10
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus: NA
Notes About Housing
Incoming students on NSE may request Housing on the Honors floors in Thomas Hall, if they would appreciate being part of an Honors community. Students on Honors floors are like any other students on campus, except they tend to be more respectful of other students' needs for quiet during midterms and finals...and study groups tend to form more naturally on Honors floors. NSE students are also welcome to participate in any Honors College social activities of interest to them, whether held in the Honors residence halls or elsewhere.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1488 per semester for 13 meals per week.
  • $1658 per semester for 16 meals per week.
  • $1846 per semester for 20 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
The 13 meal plan also includes $60 in flexible dining dollars. The 16 meal plan also includes $100 in flexible dining dollars. The 20 meal plan also includes $140 in flexible dining dollars. Meals per week may not accrue (be carried over from week to week). Flexible dining dollars may be used for a la carte purchases at the C-Store, Java Beanery & Bakery, University Food Court, and Panther Pantry. They may also be used to purchase board meals in the Residential Dining Centers. flexible dining dollars deplete as they are used and are good for the academic year.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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