Eastern prepares more undergraduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees than any other master's college/university in Illinois, according to a recent National Science Foundation survey.
In addition to ranking first in the state, EIU ranks in the top 5 percent nationwide. The 2011 completion of the Renewable Energy Center, one of the largest biomass facilities in the country, has made the campus much more environmentally friendly at no cost to taxpayers -- the project will be fully covered by energy savings over the next two decades.The new Center for Clean Energy Research and Education will provide students and faculty hands-on research opportunities in cutting-edge technology.
English faculty member David Raybin was named the 2011 Illinois Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
The Doudna Fine Arts Center combines state-of-the-art facilities for art, music and theatre students with top-quality cultural activities for the entire region. EIU is the first choice for more than 75 percent of new students in the Honors College.