Eastern Illinois University (EIU)

Your Opinion: Is this School Hard to Get Into?
You already voted!

Eastern Illinois University can be found in Charleston, IL, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Around 8,600 students are enrolled at EIU.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores in the range of 940 (25th percentile) to 1130 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 18 (25th percentile) to 23 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants that get into EIU. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the EIU average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.89 - 3.18. This school has an acceptance rate of about 53% with 20% of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at .eiu.edu.

Overall EIU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Eastern Illinois University was reported as 52.5% in Fall 2020 with over 8,860 applications submitted to Eastern Illinois University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • EIU ACT Scores: 18 - 23
  • EIU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into Eastern Illinois University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Eastern Illinois University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for EIU has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 46.9%
  • 2017-2018: 51.5%
  • 2018-2019: 55.3%
  • 2019-2020: 52.5%
  • Projected EIU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 48.7%

How Does EIU Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for Eastern Illinois University is eight percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College67.2%
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology74.2%
Millikin University71.3%
DePauw University64.4%
Greenville College56.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to EIU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 570
Math470 - 560
Total Score940 - 1130
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 23
Math16 - 23
Composite Score18 - 23
To learn more about the data and calculations that power this site, please visit our data discussion page.