Welcome to Charleston, Illinois!
Since its founding in 1895, Eastern Illinois University has been a vital part of the city of Charleston. In addition to preparing more than 11,000 students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships, EIU enriches community members' lives with opportunities to enjoy athletics, the arts, and more.

Consistently named one of the top Midwestern public universities in our class by U.S. News & World Report, EIU has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and only 3 percent of all classes have 50 or more students. Among all Illinois public master's universities, EIU has the highest freshman retention rate and the second-highest graduation rate.

In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, EIU offers a textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester. A variety of excellent on-campus housing opportunities are available on the safe, compact 320-acre campus. Year after year, EIU ranks high in alumni job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction.

In the past year, EIU has continued to prove itself as a premier comprehensive university.

•The completion of the Renewable Energy Center, one of the largest biomass facilities in the country, has made the campus much more environmentally friendly at no cost to taxpayers – the project will be fully covered by energy savings over the next two decades.

•The new Center for Clean Energy Research and Education will provide students and faculty hands-on research opportunities in cutting-edge technology.

•English faculty member David Raybin was named the 2011 Illinois Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.