Eastern Illinois University

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Eastern Illinois University is a public, 4-year school located in Charleston, IL just 50 miles west of Terre Haute, IN. The school was founded in 1895 as the Eastern Illinois State Normal School; it became Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in 1921, Eastern Illinois State College in 1947 and made university status in 1957. The 320 acre campus features both Gothic Revival and Modern architecture and several quads with tree-lined walkways and open spaces. Charleston is noted for its Native American history; many local areas contain names that refer back to the time when semi-nomadic tribes roamed the area. The campus is close to Lake Charleston, known for fishing and hiking trails. Among notable alumni are actress Joan Allen and NFL quarterback Tony Romo.

Academic Programs

Eastern Illinois University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s Degrees and Doctorates in over 60 programs. Noted for Nursing, Education, Art & Design and Teacher Education, the largest programs on campus are in Business, Education and Kinesiology. The school also offers 4 Bachelor’s Degree and 10 Master’s Degree programs online. The University is comprised of four colleges: College of Arts and Humanities; Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences; College of Education and Professional Studies; and College of Sciences. Per the Mission Statement, “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.”

Student Life

There are over 7,200 undergraduate students enrolled in Eastern Illinois University, most of whom live on campus among the 11 residence halls. The University sponsors over 150 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the blue and gray Panthers, led by Billy the Panther, field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AA competition. The Panther Marching Band gathers on the library steps before each home football game to warm up the fans before leading all fans to the stadium. Students are familiar with the four Core Values of the university: We uphold excellence in all we do. We value personal relationships, and we strive to strengthen the personal experience at Eastern for all members of our campus community and all whom we serve. We believe in the accessibility of an Eastern education and the opportunities it creates. We support service to each other and to our community, region, state, nation, and world. “Eastern Illinois University has become a top-tier regional comprehensive university because of our commitment to these core values, our passion for working with students, and our drive to excel.”

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