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Eastern Illinois University was founded in 1895, and it is located in Charleston, IL. The original campus covered 40 acres, and construction was begun on the first building shortly after. In 1899, the first students were taught in the university. Only 125 students and 18 members of the faculty were at the university during its first semester. At this time, the school was called Eastern Illinois State Normal School, and it was a teacher's college, which offered two year degrees.

Old Main, the iconic landmark that is commonly associated with Eastern Illinois University, was the first building on the university's land. It is officially named the Livingston C. Lord Administration Building, after the first president of the Eastern Illinois University. Like many of the other buildings first built on the university, Old Main is a gothic styled structure.

From there, Eastern Illinois University has expanded. It now offers Bachelor and Master Degree programs in a number of different disciplines. The campus covers 320 acres, up significantly from the original 40 acres it covered back in 1899.

The campus includes a number of facilities. One of the most notable is the Renewable Energy Center. It was completed in 2011, and is one of the biggest biomass facilities in the country. It makes the entire campus more environmentally friendly. All the costs of the project will be recouped in within the next 20 years through energy savings alone.

EUI is separated out into four colleges. These four colleges are:

• College of Arts and Humanities

• College of Business and Applied Sciences

• College of Education and Professional Studies

• College of Sciences

In addition, Eastern Illinois University is also home to The Graduate School, Sandra and Jake Pine Honors College, and School of Continuing Education. The total enrollment at Eastern Illinois University was 7,415 in the 2016-2017 academic year. This is split between 51 undergraduate programs and 32 graduate programs offered at EUI.

Eastern Illinois University Accreditation Details

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education are the accrediting bodies for EIU. Many of the education programs are "Educator Preparation Programs," and are acknowledged by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education's SPAs (specialty professional associations). In addition to this, many of the individual programs are accredited by other associations.

Eastern Illinois University Application Requirements

The admissions process for Eastern Illinois University can be completed in writing or through their online website. ACT or SAT scores must be submitted in the student's application to be considered. As well, the student must provide high school transcripts and any college or university transcripts, if transferring.

After acceptance into EIU, the student will receive a Registration Permit to Enroll. This is used to enroll in applicable classes during the semester. Students are allowed to move their start date by one semester if they contact the university in writing before the beginning of the first semester.

Early admission submission is recommended. All submissions must be in with 10 days of the start of the semester. However, due to limit spaces in specific programs, earlier closing dates are occasionally announced.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for undergraduate programs at EIU is estimated at $20,756.28 for in-state and border-state students. Students are considered in-state or border-state, if the student is from Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, or Kentucky. For other US-based students, tuition is estimated at $22,916.28. This is calculated based on 2016-2017 tuition costs, and also include room and board on the university's most popular meal plan.

Graduate programs are $18,081.34 for in-state students. For out of state students graduate tuition is estimated at $26,991.34. This also includes room and board, as well as text book rental fees.

Federal student aid is available for students attending Eastern Illinois University. The process is outlined on their website, and many resources are available to help students navigate the FASFA. It is recommended that all students apply. It is free for an application, and student aid can help students out greatly.

In addition, scholarships are also available. The academic scholarships are based on academic standing. ACT and GPA are considered when awarding these scholarships. They require full-time and consecutive undergraduate enrollment (Fall and Spring semesters). A minimum GPA is also required to renew the awarded scholarships. There are over 600 scholarships available at EIU; full details are found on their website.

Autism Programs at Eastern Illinois University

EIU offers a unique program on campus, which is specific to students diagnosed with autism. The STEP (Students with Autism Transitional Education Program) is available for 15 students every semester. It provides additional support and life learning, on top of the degree program being worked on.

To be part of the STEP program, students must first gain admission to EIU through the regular channels. After admission, doctor provided documentation is need to be considered to the STEP program. There are also agreements and consent forms required, before admission to STEP is complete. Entry is based on date of submission, and it is recommended to start the process early. Remember, this is only completed once the student has been accepted into EIU.

STEP is there to provide autistic students help with navigating the university life, as well as transition to adulthood. It includes the support and growth in academic, social, and daily-living skillsets. To help with this, STEP provides mentorship, schedule and routine tours, and scheduled study tables. The goal is to provide the student support, while still allowing them to develop the necessary life skills.

The program also involves parents, which eases transitions, and also allows for great teamwork between the program, the student, and their family. Early move in dates make for calmer transitions, and single-room options (based on availability, requires extra fees) also ease the entry into the university atmosphere. To facilitate social skills, STEP works to find social outlets that are interesting to the student. This is done in a controlled manner, which makes it easier to accomplish.

The STEP program at Eastern Illinois University is designed to provide the life skills to transition students to a fulfilling lifestyle.


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