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Eastern Illinois University is a state university located in Charleston, Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker. 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.


The Booth Library.
EIU Old Main.
The first building was finished in 1899[67423] 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 Universitymarker'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. Blair Hall was restored after a disastrous fire in 2004. In fall 2008, the university opened the newly constructed Doudna Fine Arts Center, designed by international architect Antoine Predock. The complex houses the music, theatre, and visual arts departments.


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. 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.

Colleges and schools

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Business & Applied Sciences
  • College of Education & Professional Studies
  • College of Sciences

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.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.


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.

Two current National Football League head coaches - Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints and Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings - 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.

Notable alumni

Notable athletes

External links


  1. Nora Pat Small, Building for the Ages: The History and Architecture of Old Main," September 1999, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University web site.
  2. Julie Morss, Hall bags another award," Daily Eastern News, January 9, 2007.
  3. Nathaniel West, Doudna Rededicated," Journal-Gazette/Times-Courier, Coles County, Illinois, October 24, 2008.
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