Eureka College


Enrollment: 654.

Student Body: 56% female, 44% male, 10% out-of-state, international (5 countries represented). Asian 1%, African American 3%, Caucasian 73%, Hispanic 2%.

Retention and Graduation: 74% freshmen return for sophomore year. 41% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 24% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 8% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 6% grads pursue law degrees. 2% grads pursue business degrees. 3% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 16:1. 35 full-time faculty, 80% hold PhDs, 3% are members of minority groups, 34% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors, certificate.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have fewer than 10 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business/commerce; elementary education and teaching; psychology.

Special Study Options: Double major, dual enrollment, honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program, weekend college, Weekend Degree Completion Cohort Program in Organizational Leadership Weekend Degree Certification in Special Education.

Honors programs: Academic Honors Program, Reagan Leadership Program, Sandifer Mentorship Program. Combined degree programs: BA/MEng, 2-2 nursing prog with Mennonite Coll of Nursing. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include tutors.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, mens dorms, women’s dorms, fraternity/sorority housing 60% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Ronald Reagan Museum, electron microscope, Peace Garden.

Computers: Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Village.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, musical theater, pep band, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, yearbook.

Organizations: 41 registered organizations, 15 honor societies, 4 religious organizations. 3 fraternities, 3 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor). Women: Basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track/ field (outdoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Ronald Reagan Museum and Peace Garden, Cerf College Center, National Historic Site: Administration Building, National Historic Site: The Chapel, Lilac Arboretum, Founded in 1855 by abolitionists, Eureka College is located on 130 acres of trees and gardens. 1st college in Illinois to accept men and women on an equal basis. Small town setting located between two midsize cities—the best of both worlds! Personal. Faith-based. Liberal Arts. Pillow to Port Internet access for all!


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.2. 17% in top 10% of high school class, 44% in top 25% of high school class, 96% in top 50% of high school class. 87% from public high schools. ACT middle 50% range 18-24. Minimum paper TOEFL 500. Minimum computer TOEFL 173.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Class rank, recommendation(s), rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, volunteer work. Important factors considered include: talent/ability. Other factors considered include: Application essay, alumni/ae relation, interview, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted.High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, 2 foreign language, 3 social studies, 2 history.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 635 applied, 75% admitted, 31% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: College transcript(s), statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Minimum college GPA of 2.0 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Regular application deadline 8/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $15,673. Room and board $7,130. Required fees $580. Average book expense $1,000.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA. Priority financial aid filing date 4/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 5/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, college/university loans from institutional funds, alternative loans.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $1,000. Off-Campus job opportunities are excellent.

Financial Aid Statistics: 66% freshmen, 70% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 60% freshmen, 63% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 100% freshmen, 94% undergrads receive any aid. 86% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $14,727.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, alumni affiliation, art, leadership, music/drama, religious affiliation.

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