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you are a guide to transferring to eastern illinois university

the next step in your quest for a degree Transfer students are EIU… About 40 percent of our student population are transfer students – we are serious about our commitment to you. While you’re here, you’ll get an education from faculty members who really care about students. Plus, you will gain a diversity of experiences outside the classroom that will give you an incredible start on your own successful future.

why transfer to eiu? • Strong educational experiences • Excellent reputation • Small class sizes • 1:16 faculty-student ratio • Textbook rental • Student-centered faculty • High graduation rate • Affordable cost of attendance • 4-year fixed tuition rate • Up-to-date technology • Tons of student involvement opportunities • Excellent career services • Amazing study abroad opportunities • Very transfer-friendly

meet our transfer counselors Rita, Cheryl, Cathy and Anne will be your connection to a smooth and successful experience at EIU. They’re committed to helping you find your way. So let’s get started – contact them with questions or email the Transfer Office at

Rita Pearson

Transfer Coordinator 217-581-7663


Cheryl Barker Transfer Counselor 217-581-3200

Cathy Feely

Transfer Counselor 217-581-7660

Anne Marino Suburban Chicago Transfer Counselor 708-341-4240

transfer admissions

Transfer Requirements Students with 30 or more semester hours earned credit must have: • 2.0/4.0 overall; AND

A Complete Application Includes:

• 2.0/4.0 from the last institution attended

• The non-refundable $30 application fee payable to Eastern Illinois University

Students with 24 or more semester hours earned credit must have:

• Official high school transcripts*

• 2.5/4.0 overall; AND

• Official college transcripts* from each institution attended

• 2.0/4.0 from last college attended

• Official ACT or SAT test results

Students with fewer than 30 w/ 2.0 or fewer than 24 with 2.5:

*Transcripts are only official when sent directly from parent institution to Eastern.

• 2.0/4.0 overall; AND

Transfer Credit

• 2.0/4.0 from last institution attended

• Eastern accepts all college-level transfer credit from institutions accredited by the North Central Association or other regional accrediting agencies.

• Must meet one of the following criteria: High school Class Rank or GPA and Upper 1/4 or 3.0/4.0 and Upper 1/2 or 2.5/4.0 and Upper 3/4 or 2.25/4.0 and

ACT 18 19 22

or or or or

SAT 860 910 1020

• Elective credit will be awarded and applied to total hours toward graduation if there is no equivalency to a course at Eastern. • Courses that do NOT transfer include those which are remedial, developmental or orientational in nature. • There is no limit to the number of hours a student can transfer.

Application Timeline • Apply early – we start accepting applications 12 months prior to date of enrollment.

• Students must complete all remaining graduation requirements regardless of the number of hours transferred.

• There is no specific deadline for admission application.


• Applications are accepted based upon the availability of facilities and resources. • You do not need to finish course work at a previous college before submitting an application. • Application available online at 217-581-2120

• GPA is used for admission only. • Credit for the course transfers, not the grade. • GPA earned at Eastern is based on only those courses taken at Eastern. • Credit for courses in which a “D” was earned will transfer as long as the overall GPA from that institution is a least a “C” average. (“C” or better required for English and speech.)


transfer credit

Associate Degree Benefits

Accepting Transfer Agreements

A student transferring to Eastern who has received an Associate in Arts (AA); Associate in Science (AS); Associate in Science and Art (ASA); or an Associates in Arts Teaching in Math, Special Education and Early Childhood Education (AAT) degree from an Illinois public community college, Lincoln College or Springfield College are guaranteed the following: • At least 60 semester hours in transfer credit • Junior status • All lower-division general education requirements met • Cultural Diversity requirement met, unless a teaching certificate is sought

Eastern will accept an Illinois AA, AS, ASA, AAT, AFA or the IAI General Education Core Curriculum if the following criteria are met: • Initial term of enrollment at Eastern was Summer 1982 or thereafter • Cumulative Eastern grade point average is 2.00 or higher

Illinois Articulation Initiative Transfer students who complete the 37-41 semester-hour package of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) from any participating college or university in Illinois will be guaranteed the following: • All lower-division EIU general education requirements will automatically be waived. • The Cultural Diversity requirement will be met, unless a teaching certificate is sought.

U.Select Eastern is a full participant in, a free online resource where you can check course equivalencies, review graduation requirements for programs and run individualized degree audits with your transfer credit.


Note: Students may transfer EIU course work back to the community college to complete a transfer agreement. All other graduation requirements must be completed in order to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Out-of-State Credit • Credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. • Content will be compared to course offerings at Eastern. • Eastern’s Office of the Registrar will need a copy of the transfer institution’s catalog and/or syllabi of courses taken. • Sending this information prior to enrollment will assist in the evaluation of transfer credit. • Out-of-state associate degrees do not automatically meet Eastern’s lower-level general education requirements. • Courses will count toward general education if they clearly match an IAI general education course description.

CLEP and Advanced Placement • College credit will be granted toward graduation and may be used in fulfilling requirements if scores meet Eastern’s standards established by the appropriate department. • Official test scores and records must be sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation to determine proper placement and credit. • Credit may be allowed as indicated above only if the student was not obliged to use the credit to meet minimum high school graduation requirements.

graduation requirements

To achieve a baccalaureate degree, students must complete the following requirements:

1 General Education Requirements Students must complete one of the following general education programs: • Illinois Transferable Associate Degree • Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum • Courses that fit into EIU general education

2 Degree Program • All departmental requirements for a major must be met. • Majors may have specific GPA requirements. Consult catalog for details. • Associate degrees do not guarantee completion of all lower-level major requirements.

3 12 Semester Hours at EIU in Major 4 40 Semester Hours of Upper Division Courses • Courses from a community college or other two-year institution will not count in this total. • Upper-division courses at Eastern are those numbered 3000 or above.

5 42 Semester Hours from EIU • 32 must be taken in the junior and senior years. • 12 must be taken during the senior year.

6 56 Hours from a Senior-Level Institution • Credits transferred from other senior-level institutions are counted toward these 56 hours. • 42 semester hours still must be from Eastern.

7 120 Semester Hours Cumulative • All college-level credit, including electives, count toward these 120 hours.

8 Foreign Language • Successfully complete two semesters in a single foreign language. Students may be exempt from this requirement based on foreign language taken while in high school or at their previous colleges. Exemptions: • Two years in a single foreign language in high school with a “C” average • Second semester of a single foreign language in college with a passing grade

9 “C” or better in English and Speech

• An AA, AS or ASA degree does not exempt a student from this requirement. • A student receiving a “D” or “F” grade in English or speech will have to repeat the course.

10 Writing Competency Requirement Electronic Writing Portfolio • Submit three papers written in EIU course work to EWP


choose your major

b bachelor’s degree mi minor only tc teacher certification

undecided? If you are unsure about what major might be right for you, don’t worry. Academic Advising, the Counseling Center and Career Services are all available to help you select a major.


College of Arts and Humanities b Africana Studies mi Anthropology tc b Art • Art History • Graphic Design • Studio Art mi Asian Studies b Communication Studies • Communication, Society and Popular Culture • Corporate Communication • Interpersonal Communication • Mass Communication • Public Relations mi Creative Writing tc b English mi Film Studies tc b Foreign Languages tc • French tc • German tc • Spanish tc b History • International Studies b Journalism • Broadcast News • Design • Editing • New & Emerging Media • Photojournalism • Public Relations • Writing & Reporting mi Latin-American Studies mi Medieval Studies tc b Music • Performance Option Composition, Instrumental, Jazz Studies, Keyboard, Vocal b Philosophy mi Professional Writing mi Public Relations mi Religious Studies tc b Sociology

Social Science Teaching • Geography tc • History tc • Political Science tc • Psychology tc • Sociology/Anthropology tc b Theatre Arts mi Women’s Studies

Career & Technical Education • Business Education tc • Family & Consumer Sciences tc • Technology Education mi Entreprenuership tc b Family & Consumer Sciences • Apparel & Textiles, Consumer Studies, Hospitality and Merchandising • Dietetics • Family Services b Finance b Management • General Management • Human Resources Management • International Management b Management Information Systems • Business Programming • General MIS • Network Technologies b Marketing mi Military Science b Organizational and Professional Development • Supervision/Leadership • Training/Development mi Print & Textile Technologies

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College of Education and Professional Studies b Athletic Training mi Community Health tc b Early Childhood Education (Pre-3) • Child & Family Services • Special Education tc b Elementary Education (K-9) tc • General tc • Middle School mi Health Communication tc b Health Studies • Community Health • First Responder • Health Administration tc b Kinesiology and Sports Studies • Exercise Science • Sports Management b Recreation Administration • Therapeutic Recreation tc mi Safety/Driver Education tc b Special Education tc • Dual Certificates tc • Early Childhood tc • Standard Special Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences b Accounting mi Advertising Applied Engineering and Technology • Alternative Energy & Sustainability • Automation & Control • Construction • Graphic Communication • Production b Business Administration (Co-op)

College of Sciences tc b Biological Sciences • Environmental Biology • Pre-Medicine Studies Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine mi Broadcast Meteorology tc b Chemistry • Biochemistry • Chemistry Management b Clinical Laboratory Science (Co-op) b Communication Disorders & Sciences b Computer Science mi Criminology


Earth Science Economics • International Studies b Engineering (Co-op) mi Environmental Studies mi Geographic Information Sciences tc b Geography • Environmental Studies • General Geography • International Studies • Techniques/Spatial Analysis b Geology tc b Mathematics mi Neuroscience b Nursing (Co-op) tc b Physics • Applied Physics • Astronomy • Computational Physics • Engineering Physics • Radiation Physics tc b Political Science • Public Administration • International Studies b Pre-Engineering mi Pre-Law tc b Psychology tc b Science with Teacher Certification tc • Biological Sciences tc • Chemistry tc • Earth Sciences tc • Physics b

This list includes all majors, minors, options, concentrations and teaching certificate options available in Fall 2011.


orientation & registration 217-581-6435 Transfer Orientation Days Transfer Orientation Days (orientation and registration) are held during the semesters prior to the date of enrollment. New students must attend an EIU Orientation/ Registration program in order to meet with an advisor and register for classes. Transfer students will be emailed invitations to EIU Orientation. This email provides a link to an online registration form that needs to be filled out to secure a program date. You cannot attend the program without confirming a program date. Topics include: • Graduation requirements • Evaluation of transfer credit • Housing • Introduction to Panther Access to Web Services (PAWS) • Registration for courses • Student ID (Panther Card) The sooner you attend Orientation/Registration, the better your course selection.


Transfer Orientation Dates Advisement and Registration for Spring 2012 Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Monday, December 5, 2011 Friday, January 6, 2012 Advisement and Registration for Fall & Summer 2012 Monday, April 2, 2012 Thursday, April 12, 2012 Friday, April 27, 2012 Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Thursday, June 28, 2012 Monday, July 16, 2012 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

financial aid

2011-12 cost to attend Tuition Textbook rental fee Program/services fees Room & board Total

in-state* out-of-state $ 8,070 $24,210 $ 298 $ 298 $ 2,165 $ 2,165 $ 8,542 $ 8,542 $19,075 $35,215

Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan The guaranteed tuition rate plan maintains your first-year tuition rate at EIU for four continuous academic years. The plan applies to tuition only; all other expenses, including fees and room and board, are not covered in the plan.

For priority filing, send in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supporting documents by March 1.

Applying for Federal Student Aid To assure complete consideration for financial aid, be sure that you have first applied and have been admitted to Eastern as early as possible. For priority filing, send in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supporting documents by March 1.

Costs are based on a normal year’s class load of 30 semester hours. Tuition is paid per credit hour in the amount of $269 for Illinois residents or $807 for out-of-state residents. Textbook rental fees are based on 30 semester hours in the amount of $9.95 per credit hour. * All bordering states to Illinois pay in-state tuition. This includes Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin.

To apply: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Be sure to: • Apply for a personal identification number (PIN) at • List EIU in the top three of six schools to ensure timely processing. • Enter EIU’s code: 001674. When to Apply: Apply as soon as possible after January 1. We suggest using completed tax returns to complete the FAFSA. Our priority filing date is March 1.

Mid-Year and Summer Applicants • • •

Call 1-800-4FED AID and notify them of your plans to transfer to EIU. You will need to give them the Eastern Title IV code: 001674. Summer applicants will request an institutional summer application form from the Office of Financial Aid (217-581-6405).


Integrated Learning Scholarship • $3,000 one-time award • Fall admissions only • Illinois AA/AS/ASA degree required • Minimum 3.5 GPA • Application deadline is early February • Application available online at • Contact: Office of Admissions, 217-581-BEIU (2348)

Phi Theta Kappa • $3,000 one-time award • Fall admissions only • AA/AS/ASA degree required • Minimum 3.75 GPA • Application deadline is early February • Application available online at

Department Honors Scholarships

scholarships • Admission to Departmental Honors requires 3.5 Eastern GPA after 12 hours • Application deadline is early February • Scholarship amounts vary • Contact: The Honors College, 888-440-4664

ROTC Scholarships • Enrollment in ROTC program required • Minimum 2.0 GPA • 100% tuition covered • No military obligation • Contact: ROTC, 800-550-7682

Do an EIU Scholarship Search! • Contact: Major department for scholarships in major • Contact: Foundation Office, 217-581-3313 • More than 300 scholarships available. • Indexed by GPA, major, activities, geographical area, class level, etc. • Most deadlines occur in early spring for the following academic year. • Additional information available off-campus at the Neal Welcome Center, 860 W. Lincoln Ave.


Student Employment • Apply in the Office of Financial Aid or any department on campus • Work-Study available for students with financial need • Visit Career Services on campus for job postings • Contact: 217-581-3712 or

Veterans’ Benefits or • Various programs available • Contact: 217-581-5227 or • Online resources at

Online Scholarship Resources: www.


eastern We encourage you to visit campus at your earliest convenience. Take a tour, talk to an admissions counselor, or just soak in the atmosphere.

Open House Programs Meet with faculty and staff from academic departments and various campus offices. Tour campus and residence halls and enjoy complimentary lunch in one of our dining centers. Columbus Day

Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 Veterans Day

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 Presidents Day

Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 Saturday, April 21, 2012 Friday, July 20, 2012

On-the-spot Admission Arrive early for an on-the-spot admission assessment. Bring your application, application fee of $30 and all official, sealed transcripts to the Admissions Information Table.

Admissions Office Located at the west end of Old Main (Room 1220), the Office of Admissions is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on selected Saturdays* from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. To schedule a visit, sign up online at or call 877-581-2348 (BEIU). *Saturday visits can only be scheduled by phone.

Tour Schedule 1-877-581-2348 or 217-581-2223 The Office of Admissions offers walking tours of campus Monday through Friday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and on selected Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tours last approximately 75 minutes. Please try to arrive 30 minutes before tour time.

Transfer Credit Evaluation 217-581-2120 Make an appointment with a transfer counselor for an unofficial evaluation of transfer credit. We will place it on the curriculum of your choice and help you plan for a smooth transfer.


Office of Admissions 600 Lincoln Ave. Charleston, IL 61920-3099

Printed by Authority of the State of Illinois EIU#0000. July 2011. 3,000 copies

Eastern Illinois University Transfer Guide  

All of the details about continuing your education at EIU

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