Eastern Illinois University Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(4.08 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 33 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 4 more
  • Campus Setting: Town: Distant
  • Student Population: 8,520 (7,202 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 50% part-time, 50% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,461 in-state; $19,037 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012

EIU was a great school, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with football and women's basketball. I enjoyed the class sizes and the teacher's passion to connect with each student to give them the best education.
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2010

Get scholarships and go. Worth it in the long run.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

Eastern has taught me so much more and solidified my career goal to become a therapist. My program is tailored toward those who want to be licensed in the state and has given me opportunities to work in the field as a graduate. I've learned about various orientations within psychotherapy, how to conduct assessments, and I'm currently working on my thesis which aims to study the correlation between resilience and one's coping style. My professors really are the backbone of the program - they're caring, tentative, and always available to their students. I have no doubt in my mind that EIU is preparing me for the future.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

I have a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry in order to complete my pre-med requirements and get into podiatry school. Eastern Illinois University is a small state school that was almost shut down due to politics and the Illinois budget. Because of the fear people had in the school shutting down, enrollment has gone down drastically, which has had an awful impact on such a great school. Many professors are taking jobs elsewhere, for fear of losing their jobs they've worked so hard to obtain. My experience at EIU has been an amazing one to say the least. I've met so many different people from all different backgrounds who have taught me so many things and at the end of the day, I think that is what school should be about. I was able to participate in honors research for 2 years where I just had one paper published with my name on it and I am currently working on another that I wrote my honors thesis on. I was able to present my research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research as well as receive various awards for my research all thanks to the incredible staff at EIU. I was even given the chance to be a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology where I was able to perfect my own knowledge of the human body by teaching others. The experiences I had while at EIU are experiences I know I would not have had if I was at a larger university as I was not a 4.0 student. The professors in my department went above and beyond to help me in my studies, research, and finally getting into medical school where I'll be able to fulfill my life long dreams. It hurts me to know that those professors are having to pick up more classes due to other professors leaving or that they fear losing their jobs and in some cases that would mean losing their U.S. Visa. I was able to get involved with anything and everything I wanted to, such as clubs where we volunteered our time and in doing so, once again I made life long friends who were just as passionate about helping others as I was. The president of the university was someone you knew would be at most all events on campus, he personally knew who I was, which to me is amazing in itself. If I had any advice for students it would be to pick a school they could afford and pick it for the right reasons. I chose EIU because I played rugby there but I ended up finding so much more. Pick a small enough school that your professors know your name, mine wrote me incredible letters of recommendation because they actually knew the person that I was. If I had the chance to do it all over again I would pick EIU again and again and I hope people will realize how great of a place it is and enrollment will go back up. EIU forever!
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2009

The class sizes are small so there is more individual attention from the professors.
3.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sports Management
Graduation Year: 2015

I loved EIU and my masters program in Sports Administration. The culture at EIU was warm and welcoming and the learning environment was just what I needed to be successful, in the classroom that is. As much as I loved my classes, classmates, and professors, EIU did not help me enter the work force with a foot in the door. Now working for Arizona State University and starting my second masters degree in the Fall, I realize how little resources EIU had to help their students after they graduated. I wholeheartedly understand that as an adult, it is my own responsibility to find and apply to internships and jobs, but there are other schools with so many career resources and networking opportunities. However, without the internships that I had with EIU, I 100% believe that I would not be in the profession that I am today, and working my way towards my second masters degree. I truly do bleed blue!
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2018

Eastern Illinois University was the best option for me for obtaining my degree in elementary education. I loved the program so much for my undergrad, that I decided to also attend EIU for my graduate level degree. I am currently in the process of achieving the Master's degree, and at EIU I have the full support from faculty and staff to succeed. They make me feel worth something and help me polish my skills to be used in the classrooms that I will encounter. If given the option to change my school of choice, I'd never ever choose a different school. Bleed Blue all the way.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011

I loved the college, went there for undergraduate as well.
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

The school has a long history of being a great teaching college. It is conveniently located to many downstate communities and thus within easy driving distance. For those wishing to live in Charleston, there are many apartments near the campus. The school works closely with the Community College system in the state of Illinois and accepts transfer credits to help save students a considerable amount of money.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016

One particular aspect of the MA program that I am in at EIU is that it is a very fast paced one year program. I feel that this aspect has several pros and cons: 1.At times it feels like a crash course in graduate studies, and I don't have time to make quality work or research. 2.However, because it is so fast paced, I have learned a very strict work ethic. 3.I also feel that I am just beginning to get to know my committee members, but I will only be in school here for five more months, rather than another year and a half as in most Masters programs, in which I could establish a more solid rapport with them.
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