Charleston, IL
Eastern Illinois University


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Recent Reviews

Anne
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice that I believe I could share with anyone in choosing which college he/she would want to attend is first of al...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice that I believe I could share with anyone in choosing which college he/she would want to attend is first of all make sure you visit the college. Get some kind of view on the atmosphere and what goes on at the colleges you want to go to. Another piece of advice that I could give it don't stress out about the cost of college, it is well worth the money that you pay and also you have the rest of your life to pay back your loans, don't choose a place because it is cheaper than the school you want to attend. If you want to choose a school that is very expensive to your likings do it, apply for scholarships, apply for your Financial Aid, apply for your extra loans, just do it, don't dwell on it.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I believe that Eastern is unique to other schools because it has a big atmosphere for such a small campus. I believe that Eastern offers as much as they can to their students, there is never time that I walk past a bullentin board and there isn't any information about a new club or team or activity going on. The people here at Eastern want as many as their students to join something because it just makes the experience here a whole lot better.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I believe that the type of person that shouldn't attend this school is someone who is looking into going to a large university, and also they type of person that shouldn't attend here is someone that wants to get away from people that they attended high school with. I believe that Eastern is open to almost everyone though because they provide the students with so much to do, many opportunities. I wouldn't pass this chance up if I had it again!

Matthew
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When it comes down to finding the right college, there are several factors the student must look for. If they have a chosen m...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When it comes down to finding the right college, there are several factors the student must look for. If they have a chosen major or profession, it is important that the student's prospective schools offer courses and degrees oriented toward those particular areas. If neither have been picked, the student should look for a school with a broad range of courses that can be explored through their first years to help them decide on an area of study and a future career. Finances play a key role as well, if a college offers financial aid to a student, the student should look most heavily at those institutions first. The most important part about choosing the right college is that the student feels comfortable living and studying there. They should be comfortable with the campus and community as for eight months a year, it will be their home. To make the most of a college experience, students need to get involved on campus. Find and join clubs and organizations that interest the student and dedicate time and energy towards them. Go to school sponsored events and activities as this will help the student meet new people and build lifelong friendships.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Students looking for a great education with small classes and a friendly campus and community atmosphere. Its a university for students looking for a small school feel and a big school education.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

This isn't an Ivy League University and may not get you to the same places as those can.

Jerrica
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give to parents or students about finding the right college is getting a head start on in it. I would sta...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give to parents or students about finding the right college is getting a head start on in it. I would start looking in to it during a student's freshman year in high school. Parents and students should request different brochures from different colleges. This way you will have colleges in mind already and what requirements are needed to get in their schools. Also, start looking for scholarships during this year. Most scholarships want students to be involved in high school and doing community service. Therefore, you will be inovled and active, which will look good to the different organizations that award various scholarships. The next advice, I would give is visiting the schools to see how the campus looks, how well the people treat you, the housing, and other things that will be helpful to making your decision. I know my school wasn't my first choice, but they had a program that took minority students to Eastern Illinois University. It was an all paid expense trip that including: transportation, housing, food, free things, and waivered our student enrollment fee. After attending that program it finalized my decision. College is the way to go.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That the financial aid office sucks. They never get things done on time. They forget to tell you important documents that you need and if you don't have them will prolong your refund checks. Those refund checks are things that students depend on as a source of income for those not recieving help from family. They need to fire all those old women in the financial aid office and get young people to do the work.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is an education major. They have great teaching programs. I am a special education major and and I am guaranteed a job after I graduate from college. It seems that the majority of the people that go who are education majors.

Jamie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When you choose a college make sure that you visit that school. If it doesn't feel like the right fit for you when you walk o...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When you choose a college make sure that you visit that school. If it doesn't feel like the right fit for you when you walk onto the campus, don't go. You won't like it when you have to spend everyday there. When you know you have the right school for you, get involved with the campus and the community. There will be plenty of clubs and plenty of volunteer opportunties. It will be fun and it will look good on your resume later. Most importantly enjoy yourself. College in a once in a life time experience, take advantage of it!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how small the campus actually was. Everything is close but that can be a little confining at time.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is interested in getting a good education in small classes with professors who care about the success of their students.

Amanda
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Check out the campus ahead of time before deciding where you want to go and check out as many schools as you can. Find out wh...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Check out the campus ahead of time before deciding where you want to go and check out as many schools as you can. Find out what the campus offers as in curriculm ,different events, and ways to get to know each other people. Also make sure you ask any questions you have! Mainly just keep an open mind until your final decision becuase the school you may think would be your last choice maybe the school you fall in love with!

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Our University board is amazing and is consistly planning different invites in order to get everyone involved. We typically only have 20-30 students in a normal class so it is easier to keep up on things and get more of a one on one education if you need it. Teachers are very involved and helpful.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

All the different oportunities we have. Once again all the free things the UB has for students such as concerts, movies, and other different activites. It is a smaller campus so you can easily walk all the way across campus in 15mins. How in the teaching field they get you in the classroom your 3rd semester in order to make sure that is what you want to be doing. So you get a lot more observation hours which will help me in the future.

Bethany
Describe the students at your school.

Willing to help you out.

Describe the students at your school.

Willing to help you out.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell the students looking to find the right college for them they need to look at a frw different things. The first being class size, what size class are they most comfortable in, i lecture hall or a class full of 20 to 30 other students? Then they need to look at how far away from home do they want to be. Finally they need to look at not only what they can aford but also what shcool offers the best program for the career they want to persue.

Kara
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think that it is impossible to be completely satisfied with a college or university one attends. It's difficult to find y...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think that it is impossible to be completely satisfied with a college or university one attends. It's difficult to find your niche when money is involved along with a conglomerate of other factors. I do not particular enjoy Eastern because I do not like small towns, and prefer a much more city-like atmosphere. I had to be practical at my age because I needed to finish school without have a plethora of loans at the end of my school career. Eastern is affordable and accomodating to my lifestyle. I am a single parent and have my child's best interest at heart. The school is particularly fitting for younger students who are interested in Greek Life. I have other responsibilities at this point, and I am mainly looking to finish my degree and return to the south side of Chicago.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that Charleston had absolutely no jobs to offer students off campus.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People that are interested in Greek Life.

Marie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When looking for the right college, look for a place that not only suits you or your child academically, but a place that the...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When looking for the right college, look for a place that not only suits you or your child academically, but a place that they can see themselves walking around carrying books, going to class. Make sure that the school you are looking at is a place you can truly feel yourself calling home. From the surrounding neighbors, to student life, it is important to make sure you can see yourself fitting into the college that you are looking at. If you are not completely comfortable with the college you are interested in, strongly reconsider looking around until you can find a perfect fit for you. If you are not at home at your new school, the challenges of college will only become that much more difficult.

What's unique about your campus?

I consider the best thing about Eastern Illinois University to be the common academic level of all the students. This is not to be seen as a bad thing in any way, shape, or form. The common academic level of all of the students allows for the students of EIU to relate better without the feeling of intimidation inside and outside of the classroom.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person that should not attend this school should be one that is very career driven, looking to study all of the time and make important connections to use through out their entire lives. EIU offers a great university for those who were not at the top of their class in high school because Eastern may not be challenging enough for their intellectual level that they are used to being challenged to.

Ava
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Eastern offers an affordable and excelent education.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Eastern offers an affordable and excelent education.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first piece of advise I would give parents is to make sure your child has enough money for college. Help your child fill out the FAFSA application if needed. Then help your child research their field of study within the universities they are thinking of applying to as well. Some colleges may be cheaper and have better departments, such as History or Business, than others. Also, parents need to make sure that their child is well equipt with the proper school supplies. It is hard enough to have to worry about classes, but it is even harder to worry about classes and things like not having enough pensils, paper, or toiletries. Keep in mind that the student may have to pay to wash and/or dry their laundry, so he or she might need a monthly allowance. Finally, I would say to the parents, keep on encouraging your child. If you (the parent) don't care, they (the students) won't care. It is ok to ask your child if they went to class on any given day, and encourage to get involved with things like sports, choir, or hall council. I believe these are the keys to success.

Emily
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say to make sure that the education your child/you will be getting is worth the price. Research the school you are lo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say to make sure that the education your child/you will be getting is worth the price. Research the school you are looking at , ask your friends what they think, and try to find someone who attended. I would also say to make sure that the person who is thinking about attending this college has an activity or organization that they can join. This is very important in a student's life. It is needed to be all around successful in their college career.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I consider the worst thing about my school to be it's job placing techniques. I need a job and I've been applying for a year and I still cannot get one.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Some one who likes bigger classes and a bigger campus.

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