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Eastern Michigan University is a large, public university founded in 1849. The university is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, which is east of Ann Arbor on the way to Detroit and the Canadian border. At EMU, almost 85% of the 21,105 students are undergraduates. Each student will have access to a stunning campus of over 800 acres full of almost 20 miles of jogging and biking trails along with walkways. Health and wellness is an important focus of the university. EMU was founded as a teacher’s college. Today, students can select from an array of extensive academic pursuits, including over 200 minors, majors, and certificates. And over 150 graduate programs are available for continuing education.
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Overview of Eastern Michigan University
It is also possible to pursue research opportunities along with community engagement and initiatives as a way to gain a competitive edge in the job market. The more than 250 organizations and clubs that are available in nearly everything, from culture and business to governance and environment, also provide advantages to EMU job seekers.
The aim of the university is to provide students with leadership skills and roles, as well as a comprehensive academic and career plan to more easily achieve long-term career objectives and goals. Communication and technology will also be essential skill development components to all programs. Another advantage is the access students have to the many centers and institutes in both academic and personal support.
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||14:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||July 1|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The cost of EMU is $11,778 for Michigan residents and $28,808 for out-of-state residents. Another $14,000 or so is necessary for room and board, books, supplies, etc. Do not forget to budget for personal expenses, such as entertainment and lifestyle purchases.
Online programs are the same cost as in-person, in-state resident degrees no matter where the student resides in the world. Students who take online programs are also eligible for EMU CARES Grants, which offers up to $1,000 for six credit hours over certain time periods. And remember that students who participate in study abroad programs will require several more thousand dollars a year.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$8,296|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||96%|
|Room & Board||$10,370|
- Tuition In-State - $13,758
- Tuition Out-of-State - $13,758
- Books and Supplies - $1,000
- Room & Board - $10,370
- Other - $2,438
The over 200 majors and minors are offered from five colleges including arts and sciences, business, education, health and human services, and engineering and technology. The most popular colleges are the arts and sciences and health and human services. It’s also possible for students to remain in the undecided college of academic affairs. An honors college and graduate school are also available along with dozens of centers and institutes.
Some of these institutes and centers include academic specializations, whereas others are dedicated to student services including a success center, international student resource center, writing center, mentor collective, mathematics tutoring center, academic projects center, disability resource center, and others. Online programs are also now available with the same demanding course curriculum from the same instructors.
The student-to-faculty ratio is 18 to one. While this ratio is not the best in the state, it likely does not contribute the low four-year graduation rate of 19%. The six-year rate of graduation is somewhat better at 46%; however, this too is not ideal. The reason for the incredibly low rates of timely graduation may be related to the school not offering enough academic support or ensuring students take enough credits each semester, that more people are taking courses online as they work full-time jobs, or both.
Student Population Total
Student Population 19,123
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||667 Total Graduates / 19%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||400 Graduates|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||91 Graduates|
|Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist||42 Graduates|
|Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy||37 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||660 Total Graduates / 19%|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||119 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||104 Graduates|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management||81 Graduates|
|All Social Science Majors||231 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Political Science and Government, General||36 Graduates|
|Economics, General||22 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||221 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation||32 Graduates|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching||31 Graduates|
|English/Language Arts Teacher Education||29 Graduates|
|Mathematics Teacher Education||29 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||119 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Psychology, General||199 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||42%|
Outcome & Salary
A highly respectable 89% of EMU graduates find employment or enroll in master’s degrees or doctoral programs shortly after graduating. Students have access to a variety of career tools and resources. Success coaching has been established as academic personal trainers who meet with students to develop academic and career life skills. One-on-one workshops for skill building are also available.
Peer academic coaching is offered, as well as career support and assistance through the career development center and the success center. These centers offer academic advising, podcasts, course scheduling, major declarations, internship offers, work-study programs, and career goal development.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$47,300|
|College Grads Average Salary||$65,110|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$86,700|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$651,100|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,518,100|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$64,312|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$586,788|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,453,788|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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