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Coordinates: 39°29′4″N 88°10′31″W / 39.48444°N 88.17528°W / 39.48444; -88.17528

Eastern Illinois University
EIU logo.gif
Established 1895
(as Eastern Illinois State Normal School)
Type Public State university
Endowment $33.3 million[1]
President William L. Perry
Undergraduates 9,928
Postgraduates 1,723
Location Charleston, Illinois, United States
Campus Small town
Colors Blue and Grey          
Nickname Panthers

Eastern Illinois University is a state university located in Charleston, Illinois, United States. Established in 1895 as the Eastern Illinois State Normal School, a teacher's college offering a two-year degree, Eastern Illinois University gradually expanded into a comprehensive university with a broad curriculum, including Baccalaureate and Master's degrees in business, arts, sciences, and humanities. Until 2003, EIU did not consider high school grades in its admission process.



The Booth Library.
EIU Old Main.

The first building was finished in 1899 [1] and is called Old Main, though it is formally named the Livingston C. Lord Administration Building in honor of EIU's first president, who served from 1899 to 1933. Built of Indiana limestone in a heavy Gothic revival style with turrets, towers, and battlements, its distinctive outline is the official symbol of the school. Old Main is one of the five "castles" built in the 1890s at the major Illinois state colleges. Governor John Peter Altgeld was instrumental in funding the Illinois university system, and he was especially fond of the Gothic style. Eastern's "Old Main" and Illinois State University's Cook Hall are the only schools where the "castle" is not named after Altgeld. Other original Gothic Revival buildings include Booth Library and Blair Hall.[2] Blair Hall was restored after a disastrous fire in 2004.[3] In fall 2008, the university opened the newly constructed Doudna Fine Arts Center, designed by international architect Antoine Predock. The 138,000-square-foot (12,800 m2) complex houses the music, theatre, and visual arts departments.[4]


The EIU main north quad and the Doudna Fine Arts Center

Eastern Illinois University has 12,179 students, and 2,000 faculty and staff. Admission is selective. Tuition is approximately $7,000 per year for Illinois resident and $17,500 for non-residents, making it one of the most affordable universities in Illinois.[5] There are prominent Communication Disorders and Sciences and Biological Sciences programs, though the College of Education remains the largest department. The university has an endowment of approximately $35 million. The current president is William Perry.

In the US News & World Report college rankings, EIU is classified as a Masters university, meaning one that grants no doctoral degrees and draws students primarily from the surrounding area, rather than nationally. EIU ranks in the top half of US News' rankings of Masters universities within the Midwest region.[6]

Colleges and schools

A bronze Ruth Duckworth sculpture at the Doudna Fine Arts Center
  • College of Arts & Humanities[7]
  • College of Business & Applied Sciences[8]
  • College of Education & Professional Studies[9]
  • College of Sciences[10]

Other academic divisions include the Graduate School, Honors College, and School of Continuing Education. The Graduate School was founded in 1951 and has an enrollment of approximately 1,800 full and part-time students with more than 300 faculty holding graduate faculty status. The university also includes the Center for Academic Support and Achievement, the Office of Minority Affairs, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Office of Study Abroad. The university's Booth Library hosts yearly exhibits, the Ballenger Teachers Center, and numerous digital collections. The main university art museum, the Tarble Arts Center, maintains a one-thousand piece permanent collection, including a 500 piece collection of late 20th century Illinois folk arts and related archival information. A majority of the holdings are concentrated on art from the state of Illinois and the Midwest region.

Eighty-eight percent of graduates find work in a field related to their major within six months after graduation.[11] fall and spring instate 17,197

Campus Life



Eastern Illinois University offers over 150 student organizations. The school's daily newspaper is The Daily Eastern News.


Twelve on-campus residence halls include 6 co-ed, 4 female-only, and 2 male-only. Throughout the year the residence halls participate in competitions and various community service activities.

Dining Services

Eastern Illinois University features 4 residence hall dining centers, the University Food Court with five fast food locations, Java Beanery & Bakery (Java B & B), and two Marketplace Convenience Centers. They also operate a restaurant style option (Reservation-Only Dining) on the weekends.


Eastern Illinois Panthers logo

Eastern Illinois University's colors are blue and gray; the sports teams' mascot is the Panther. With the exception of the men's soccer and swimming teams, the teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Ohio Valley Conference. The men's soccer program competes in the Missouri Valley Conference and the swim team competes in The Summit League. The Eastern Football team is coached by Bob Spoo and competes at home in O'Brien Stadium.

Eastern Illinois University is the only NCAA Division I institution that offer women's rugby as a varsity sport.

Three current National Football League head coaches Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings, and Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins are alumni of Eastern Illinois. Additionally, Tony Romo, the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, is an alumnus of the University, having actually been signed by Dallas on the advice of Payton, then an assistant coach for the team.

Eastern Illinois University was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1912-1970.

In November 2009 EIU was saddened with the passing of 2 coaches. Jackie Moore was entering her 3rd year as the Assistant Coach on the Women's Basketball team when she collapsed after a workout due to heart failure. She Died November 4. On November 28 EIU Football Offensive Line coach Jeff Hoover died in a single car accident on his way back to EIU after a tough loss to SIU in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. He was traveling on I-57 when his wife was driving and a deer went in front of the car and she swerved to dodge it and the car rolled over. Jeff Hoover was 41. Most teams are currently wearing a JM patch on their uniforms.

Notable alumni

Notable athletes

External links


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Nora Pat Small, "A Building for the Ages: The History and Architecture of Old Main," September 1999, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University web site.
  3. ^ Julie Morss, "Blair Hall bags another award," Daily Eastern News, January 9, 2007.
  4. ^ Nathaniel West, "EIU's Doudna Rededicated," Journal-Gazette/Times-Courier, Coles County, Illinois, October 24, 2008.
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  11. ^ America's Best Colleges 2008: Eastern Illinois University: Services & Facilities
  12. ^ CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Larry Smith


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