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Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

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About This Campus

Eastern Illinois University is a mid-sized, residential institution offering 70 majors and 91 minors, a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, and experiential learning in four colleges: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Lumpkin College of Business & Technology, College of Education, and College of Health and Human Services. Our 320-acre campus boasts: the $60 million Doudna Fine Arts Center, which hosts national and international performers; the EIU Center for the Humanities, that hosts symposia including national speakers; the EIU Renewable Energy Center, which is one of the largest biomass burning centers in the country; a 70,500-square-foot Student Recreation Center; the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College, that administers three core programs for academic enrichment and coordinates the EIU Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) grant program. We are a warm, inviting campus that also promotes excellence--and we look forward to working with you!

Location Information

Charleston, Illinois, is a small city with a rural feel located approximately 4 hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Students who are into Lincoln lore may enjoy Charleston, because for a time Lincoln lived and practiced law, here; his father and step-mother had a cabin in a nearby community, that has been preserved as part of a state park offering various "living history" experiences during the year. Charleston is also very near Arthur, the heart of Illinois Amish country.

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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

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Fast Facts

Location | Charleston
Population | 20,996
Enrollment | 7,526
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/13
Spring | 01/13-5/8

Campus Diversity

White | 63%
Black | 15%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 6%


-- 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 programs beginning 6/1 and ending 7/24 or 7/25. This can be a single eight-week period, or two two-week periods combined with one four-week period.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Asian Studies - EIU offers an 18-hour interdisciplinary minor in Asian studies that can be tailored to meet individual students' needs. Courses may be drawn from Art, Economics, English, Introductory Chinese, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women's Studies. Beyond this, many faculty teaching in the minor are visiting faculty originating from an Asian country, immigrants to the U.S. from an Asian country, or descendants of immigrants from Asia. Active faculty have connections to: China; India; Indonesia; Korea; Vietnam. NSE students may take a few select courses, or approximate the minor (should scheduling permit).
  • Biology/Life Science - Faculty research, and opportunities for undergraduate majors to assist those projects. Cancer and neurodegenerative diseases are among the broad areas investigated. Pre-Med students utilizing Honors Access may take Anatomy and Physiology I and II in an MCAT preparation format. So long as they meet all other admission criteria, any Biological Sciences majors and minors utilizing Honors Access may participate in Departmental Honors and pursue their own research topics under close faculty supervision. Admissions criteria, for Departmental Honors, include: a 3.5 cumulative GPA, at the home institution; junior or senior standing, in terms of hours earned toward graduation; on exchange to EIU for a full academic year; passionate about pursuing 6 hours of mentored independent study each term on campus.
  • Business - The School of Business at EIU is accredited by AACSB International, a mark of distinction that proves our commitment to continued excellence. A wide range of student organizations, including chapters of the following: American Marketing Association; Association of Information Technology Professionals; Financial Management Association; Society for Human Resource Management; MBA Association; Beta Alpha Psi; Beta Gamma Sigma; Delta Sigma Pi. Eastern also has its own Entrepreneurs Club, Student Accounting Society, and Student Investment Society. For majors and minors utilizing Honors Access and on exchange for an entire year, Departmental Honors in Business may be an option. Departmental Honors students pursue their own research topics under close faculty supervision. Admissions criteria, for Departmental Honors, include: a 3.5 cumulative GPA, at the home institution; junior or senior standing, in terms of hours earned toward graduation; passionate about pursuing 6 hours of mentored independent study each term on campus.
  • Neuroscience - One of only two undergraduate neuroscience programs offered by a public university in Illinois, the major provides students with comprehensive foundational knowledge on the organization, development, and function of the nervous system, and how this relates to cognition and behavior, and disorders of the same. The program emphasizes the perspective of different disciplines and the exposure of the students to hands-on research experience. A 21-hour minor is also available. NSE students may take a few select courses, or approximate the minor (should scheduling permit).
  • Physics - Facilities, range of focal areas, faculty research, and opportunities for undergraduate majors to participate in research. The Department has a Laser Teaching Lab that is one of a kind.  This lab has 6 Nitrogen Pumped Tunable Dye Lasers that are used by introductory students to understand modern Physics concepts.  The lab has 12 stations where students can learn about such topics as the speed of light and how to make a laser.  The Department also operates, with significant student assistance, the EIU observatory. This facility has for some time included a 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope that is computer controlled for both positioning and data acquisition; currently, a new solar telescope is being installed. The major includes concentrations in astronomy, computational physics, engineering physics, physics for teacher certification, and is supported by a Departmental Honors program open to participation by qualified NSE students on Honors Access, who are junior and senior physics majors attending EIU for a full academic year. Dr. Donald Pakey’s work is in the areas of theoretical physics and astrophysics; Dr. Steven Daniels’ work is in the area of lasers and optics, and thin film deposition; Dr. James Conwell’s work was formerly in the areas of general relativity and relativistic astrophysics, and is currently in the area of observational astronomy; Dr. Jie Zou specializes in computerized modeling and simulation of the unusual properties of nanomaterials (materials with extremely small structures). Recently, Dr. Zou has expanded her research to include experimental study of heat conduction using Scanning Thermal Microscopy (SThM). Dr. Zou is also very interested in involving undergraduate students in computation-related research, such as using the Molecular Dynamics Simulation technique to study the properties of materials at the atomic level. Since 2005, Dr. Zou has mentored more than ten undergraduate students in research. Projects include the modeling and simulation of thermal conductivity in nanoscale thin films and heterostructures, the simulation of multi-planetary systems, the computational study of the kinetic theory of real gases, and the computer simulation of an atomic force microscope.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Theater Art

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

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Neuroscience

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Operation Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Relations

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism, Television

Computer Science: Computer Science

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Child Care, Early Childhood, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, English, French, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Technical Education, Vocational Education

Engineering: Engineering, Engineering Physics

English: English

Environmental Studies: Environmental Biology

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

Food Science: Nutrition

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 Education, Health Promotion, Health Services Administration, Kinesiology

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Tourism Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies: Digital Media Informatics

Languages: Chinese, French, German, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Music: Choral Music

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

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Humanistic Studies, Philosophy

Physics: Applied Physics, Astrophysics, 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: Sociology

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

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
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 550.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
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 07/01/19.
  • Estimated cost: $5848.37.
  • 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 07/01/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $250 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Activity Fee $151.92 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee $156 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $121.20 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Insurance $109.95 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee $48 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $50 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Textbook Fee $9.75 Credit Hour Plan A & B Mandatory
Union Bond Fee $309.72 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Grant-in-Aid Fee $194.88 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Legal Services Fee $5.45 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Campus Improvement Fee $114.75 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $109 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 07/01/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 34% living on campus
  • Double: $4821 (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
  • Approximate 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.
  • $1708 per semester for 12 meals per week.
  • $1902 per semester for 15 meals per week.
  • $2180 per semester for 20 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
The 13 meal plan also includes $100 in flexible dining dollars and 4 bonus meals per month. The 15 meal plan also includes $140 in flexible dining dollars and 5 bonus meals per month. The 20 meal plan is called the "unlimited plan" at EIU, and also includes $150 in flexible dining dollars and 6 bonus meals per month. 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 Thomas Hall Convenience Store, Java Beanery & Bakery, and University Food Court.

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