History of EIU



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Eastern Illinois University has undergone a vast transformation

during its first 75 years. Beginning in one building on a

40-acre campus valued at $227,000, it grew to a campus of 316

acres with 35 modern buildings valued at some $61,000,000.

Eastern started as an institution whose main purpose was to train

teachers for the schools of East Central Illinois, but in three

quarters of a century it grew into a full fledged university composed

of one college, and seven schools, including a strong

graduate school. From a faculty of 18 and a student body of 125

in 1899, the number of students rose to more than 8,000 and the

faculty reached nearly 600 by 1973-74. In physical appearance,

programing, excellence of faculty, and public service, the

changes at Eastern have been dramatic.

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The Emerging University - A History of Eastern Illinois University 1949-1974