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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 60 majors and 85 minors, a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, and experiential learning in four colleges: Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Education & Professional Studies, and Business & Applied Sciences. Included on our 320-acre campus are: the $60 million Doudna Fine Arts Center, that showcases student work in music, dance, and theatre, and hosts national and international artists; the EIU Center for the Humanities, which coordinates symposia including national presenters; 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!

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.

2019/2020 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

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

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 Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

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

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

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

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

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Earth Science, Geology

Economics: Economics, International Economics

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

Engineering: Computer Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Physics

English: English

Environmental Studies: Environmental Biology

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

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: Chinese (some courses), 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 Education, Health Promotion, Health Services Administration, Kinesiology

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Industrial Technology

Information Studies: Computer Science

Interdisciplinary Studies: Digital Media Informatics

International Studies: International Studies

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 Design Technology, Theater Education, Theater Production

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: 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
  • 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 05/18/18.
  • Estimated cost: $5772.
  • 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 05/18/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $250 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Activity Fee $155 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee $159 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $123 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Insurance $113 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee $49 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $200 Year Plan A Mandatory
Textbook Fee $9.90 Credit Hour Plan A & B Mandatory
Union Bond Fee $315 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Grant-in-Aid Fee $192 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Legal Services Fee $5.53 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Campus Improvement Fee $16.25 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $112 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 05/18/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 48% living on campus
  • Double: $4750 (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.
  • $1510 per semester for 13 meals per week.
  • $1683 per semester for 16 meals per week.
  • $1874 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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