Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, Illinois, about 300 kilometers south of Chicago, and only 80 kilometers south of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.
EIU offers a century-old tradition of academic excellence. Referred to as the "Harvard of the Midwest," Eastern ranks among the top 100 public universities in the country that offer a quality education at a reasonable cost. Eastern Illinois University dates back to 1895, when it was established as a state normal school. It has been accredited since 1915, and attained university status in 1957. Average enrollment is approximately 10,000 students, with international students from 40 foreign countries.
University on-campus dormitories (mainly for undergraduate students) and apartments (for graduate and married students), as well as privately owned facilities are available. All residence buildings have laundry facilities, and local phone and cable service.
- A variety of groups, clubs and sports programs are available.
- Facilities include a library, recreation center and computing center.
- The Office of International Programs provides special assistance to international students.