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Eastern Illinois University

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Eastern Illinois University
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Former names
Eastern Illinois State Normal School
Established 1895
Type Public
Endowment $63.3 million[1]
President William L. Perry
Provost Blair Lord
Students 8,913 [2]
Undergraduates 7,640
Postgraduates 1,273
Location Charleston, Illinois, USA
Campus Small town

Blue and Grey

Athletics NCAA Division IOVC,
The Summit League
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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 education, business, arts, sciences, and humanities.


Eastern Illinois Normal School was established by the Illinois State Legislature in 1895 "to train teachers for the schools of East Central Illinois." A 40 acre campus was acquired in Charleston and the first building was commissioned. When the school began classes in 1899, there were 125 students and an 18 member faculty. [3]

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 "Altgeld's castles", five buildings 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.[4] Blair Hall was restored after a disastrous fire in 2004.[5] In fall 2008, the university opened the newly constructed Doudna Fine Arts Center, designed by international architect Antoine Predock. The Script error: No such module "convert". complex houses the music, theatre, and visual arts departments.[6]

Through the twentieth century, the school changed its name several times in order to reflect its transition from a teachers college into a muti-purpose institution that could be of wider service to Illinois. Thus, Eastern Illinois State Normal School became Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in 1921, which then became Eastern Illinois State College in 1947. In 1957, the Illinois General Assembly changed the name of the institution to Eastern Illinois University.[7]


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The EIU Alumni Courtyard, library quad and the Doudna Fine Arts Center

Eastern Illinois University has 10,417 students, and 2,000 faculty and staff. Admission is selective. Tuition is approximately $9,987 per year for Illinois resident and $25,227 for non-residents, making it one of the most affordable universities in Illinois.[8] 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.[9]

Colleges and schools

Eastern has several major colleges including:

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A bronze Ruth Duckworth sculpture at the Doudna Fine Arts Center
  • College of Arts & Humanities[10]
  • College of Business & Applied Sciences[11]
  • College of Education & Professional Studies[12]
  • College of Sciences[13]

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.[14]

Campus life


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


Eleven on-campus residence halls include 7 co-ed, 3 female-only, and 1 male-only. Throughout the year the residence halls participate in competitions and various community service activities.

Dining services

Eastern Illinois University features 3 residence hall dining centers(Taylor, Thomas, and Stevenson), 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. The teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA FCS for football) in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eastern Football team is coached by Dino Babers and competes at home in O'Brien Stadium. Eastern Illinois University was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1912-1970. Eastern Illinois University is one of two NCAA Division I institutions that offer women's rugby as a varsity sport.

Two current National Football League head coaches, Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints and Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins, are alumni of Eastern Illinois. Brad Childress, head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-2010 is also a graduate, preceding Sean Payton at Eastern Illinois. Additionally, Tony Romo, the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, is an alumnus of the University, having been signed by Dallas on the advice of Payton, then an assistant coach for the team.

Eastern Illinois is also the host of the IHSA Boys and Girls State Track and Field Finals, which have been held at O'Brien Stadium since the 1970s.

Notable alumni

Notable athletes


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  3. Tingley, Donald F., "The Emerging University - A History of Eastern Illinois University 1949-1974" (1974). History of EIU. Book 1
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  5. Julie Morss, "Blair Hall bags another award," Daily Eastern News, January 9, 2007.
  6. Nathaniel West, "EIU's Doudna Rededicated," Journal-Gazette/Times-Courier, Coles County, Illinois, October 24, 2008.
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