Eastern Michigan University

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School Overview

Eastern Michigan University, locally referred to as EMU, is a public, co-educational university in Ypsilanti, Michigan, just 8 miles east of Ann Arbor and about 30 miles west of Detroit. The university started out as Michigan State Normal School in 1849. Today it is one of the largest universities in the state of Michigan, is a member of the Mid-American Conference and is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. EMU is made up of 7 academic schools and colleges, which include the School of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, Health & Human Service, and Technology, as well as a Graduate Studies School, and Honors College. The university is located on a large 800 acre campus that has over 120 buildings. As of 2013 the university had a total enrollment of roughly 23,000 students.


Eastern Michigan University offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral degree programs in a large variety career fields and disciplines. At the undergraduate level EMU offers more than 200 majors and minors. At the graduate level, students can choose from over 170 areas of study. The university is broken down into six academic divisions and has eight campuses. A select number of degrees and courses are offered online through the university’s virtual campus known as “EMU Online”.

Eastern Michigan University has 7 academic schools and colleges that are organized according to area of study. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services and College of Technology. Two other academic divisions worth mentioning are the Honors College and the EMU Graduate School. EMU’s graduate school, located in the Starkweather building, has approximately 5,000 students enrolled in master’s and doctoral degree programs.

General Information

Admission Office

400 Pierce Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

(734) 487-3060

(800) 468-6368

Fax: (734) 487-6559

Contact: Kathryn Orscheln

Director, Admissions
Main Address

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

(734) 487-1849


Total undergrads: 17,213

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,232

Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,902

Graduate enrollment: 4,713


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 79%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $7,490 $8,069 $8,378 $8,378 0.00%
Books and Supplies $900 $900 $900 $900 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,942 $7,220 $7,786 $8,020 +3.01%
Other $1,950 $2,050 $2,050 $2,158 +5.27%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $4,614 $6,880 $6,880 $6,880 0.00%
Other $2,100 $2,390 $2,390 $2,498 +4.52%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,282 $18,239 $19,114 $19,456 +1.79%
In-state Off Campus $15,104 $18,239 $18,548 $18,656 +0.58%
In-state with Family $8,390 $8,969 $9,278 $9,278 0.00%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $10,002
In-state Student Fees $1,002
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $19,716
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,002

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,992 92%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,779 82% $8,822,218 $4,959
• Federal grants 871 40% $3,774,062 $4,333
• Pell grants 870 40% $3,255,520 $3,742
• Other federal grants 458 21% $518,542 $1,132
Local and state government scholarships or grants 692 32% $901,798 $1,303
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,472 68% $4,146,358 $2,817
Student loan financial aid 1,523 70% $10,650,464 $6,993
• Federal student loans 1,500 69% $9,646,067 $6,431
• Other student loans 144 7% $1,004,397 $6,975

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3154 1326 22 349
Architecture and Related Services 13 8
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 13 8
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 15 6 4
Black/african-american Studies 3 4
Area Studies, Other 2
Women’s Studies 10 6
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 89 26
Biochemistry 15
Bioinformatics 1
Biology and Biological Sciences 71 6
Exercise Physiology 11
Molecular Biology 8
Toxicology 3
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 671 286 49
Accounting 107 58
Accounting and Related Services, Other 8
Actuarial Science 7
Auditing 4
Business Administration and Management 122 65 4
Business/commerce 47
Business/managerial Economics 2
Construction Management 42
E-commerce/electronic Commerce 2
Entrepreneurship 17 2 2
Fashion Merchandising 26 6
Finance 56 19 3
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 18
Hospitality Administration/management 35 4
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 67 22
International Business 20 12
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 26 15 7
Management Information Systems 30 25 1
Marketing/marketing Management 81 9
Non-profit Management 8
Office Management and Supervision 27
Communication and Journalism Studies 186 5
Journalism 41
Public Relations/image Management 28
Speech Communication 117 5
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 22
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 7
Communications Technology/technician 15
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 24 13 1
Computer and Information Sciences 17
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance 1
Computer Science 7 10
Information Science 3
Education 594 350 10 235
Art Teacher Studies 12 1 3
Biology Teacher Studies 5
Business Teacher Studies 2 2 1
Chemistry Teacher Studies 2
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 4
Community College Education 9
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 26 3
Curriculum and Instruction 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 14
Education off Individuals with Autism 5
Education off Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 34 8 8
Education off Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 5 3
Education off Individuals with Mental Retardation 80 7 19
Education off Individuals with orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments 1 1 1
Education off Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 19
Education off Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 6 37 2
Education off Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 4 1
Educational Leadership, Management and Administration 3 10 13
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 40
Educational and Instructional Technology 7 1
Elementary Education, Teaching and Instruction 68 2 42
English LanguageTeacher Education 81 17
Health Teacher Education 13
Higher Education Teaching and Administration 31
History Teacher Education 12
Junior High/middle School Teacher Education 4
Mathematics Teacher Education 67 1 4
Multicultural Education 10
Music Teacher Education 17 2 1
Physical Education/coaching Teacher Education 21 3 4
Reading Teacher Education 60 48 4
Science Teacher Education 42 4
Secondary Teacher Education 5 62
Secondary School Administration/principalship 46 3
Social/philosophical Foundations of Education 4
Social Science Teacher Education 4
Social Studies Teacher Education 56 7
Spanish Language Teacher Education 4
Special Education Teacher Education 3 5
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Other 1
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 8 1
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 12 4
Technology and Industrial Arts Teacher Education 3
Engineering Technology 96 108 5
Cad/cadd Drafting and/or Design Technology/technician 9 20
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 3
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 17
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 15
Engineering/industrial Management 38 54
Industrial Technology/technician 14
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 2
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 13
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/technician 2 7
Quality Control Technology/technician 10 5
English Language and Literature/letters 76 59
American Literature (united States) 8
Creative Writing 20 3
English Language and Literature 46 25
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 4
Rhetoric and Composition 3
Writing 6 20
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 35 17 1
French Language and Literature 5 3
German Language and Literature 3 3
Japanese Language and Literature 10
Linguistics 9 7 1
Spanish Language and Literature 8 4
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 264 70 20
Athletic Training/trainer 10
Clinical and Industrial Drug Development 10 6
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 11
Dietetics/dietitian 24 6
Health/health Care Administration/management 44 6 5
Music Therapy/therapist 4
Occupational Therapy/therapist 15 19
orthotist/prosthetist 11 9
Public Health Education and Promotion 6
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 112 12
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 25
Therapeutic Recreation/recreational Therapy 19
History 43 16
History 43 16
History, Other
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 10
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 10
Human Services 123 69 12
Public Administration 12 16 6
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 6
Social Work 111 53
Legal Studies 16
Legal Assistant/paralegal 16
Mathematics and Statistics 19 14
Mathematics 19 12
Statistics 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 73 94 19
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis 3
Gerontology 12
Historic Preservation and Conservation 17 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 67 73
Science, Technology and Society 6 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 60 14
Health and Physical Education/fitness 17
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 43
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 14
Physical Sciences 37 11
Chemistry 21 10
Geology/earth Science 9
Physics 7 1
Psychology 177 22 12 1
Clinical Psychology 19 12
Counseling Psychology 1
Educational Psychology 3
Psychology 177
Social Sciences 250 51 2
Anthropology 11
Applied Economics 4
Criminology 90 5
Economics 24 5
Economics, Other 4
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 2
Geography 12 16
International Economics 1
International Relations and Affairs 5
Political Science and Government 55
Social Sciences 24 8
Social Sciences, Other 2
Sociology 29 6
Transportation and Materials Moving 18
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot and Flight Crew 10
Aviation/airway Management and Operations 8
Visual and Performing Arts 243 51
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 7
Art/art Studies 76
Dance 10
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 36 13
Film/cinema/video Studies 63
Fine and Studio Arts Management 9
Fine/studio Arts 12
Interior Design 26 2
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1
Music Pedagogy 2
Music Performance 10 9
Music 6
Theatre/theatre Arts Management 12
Work and Family Studies 36
Adult Development and Aging 16
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 20
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts Management B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Toxicology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Construction Management B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
International Business B
Labor Studies B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General B
Radio/Television Broadcasting B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Education of Blind/Visually Handicapped B
Education of Deaf/Hearing Impaired B
Education of Emotionally Handicapped B
Education of Mentally Handicapped B
Education of Physically Handicapped B
Education of Speech Impaired B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Sales/Marketing Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Engineering Physics B

Engineering Technologies

CAD/CADD Drafting/Design B
Computer Engineering B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Engineering/Industrial Management B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B
Mechanical Drafting B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B
Plastics B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B
Technical/Business Writing B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Facilities/Event Planning B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Germanic Languages B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health System Administration B
Medical Dietetics B
Music Therapy B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Recreational Therapy B
Speech-Language Pathology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance B
Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Science, Technology & Society B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Personal & Culinary Services

Funeral Services/Mortuary Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Criminology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Airline – Commercial Pilot/Flight Crew B
Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Eastern Michigan University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(734) 487-1849
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.emich.edu/admissions/apply/
Address:202 Welch Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:21,246
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):38%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:15,480 (73% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$11,209
Out-of-state Tuition:$27,702
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,901

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Eastern Michigan University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Eastern Michigan University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies221
Biological and Biomedical Sciences134
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services131815
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs31
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services12
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services222
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1851
English Language and Literature/Letters45
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics254
Health Professions and Related Programs5108
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Legal Professions and Studies1
Mathematics and Statistics22
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies435
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies31
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences32
Public Administration and Social Service Professions422
Social Sciences2810
Transportation and Materials Moving2
Visual and Performing Arts107
Grand total661261164

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Eastern Michigan University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Health Professions and Related Programs21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Grand total348

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Eastern Michigan University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,75397%
Grant or scholarship aid2,72796%$7,901
Student loan aid1,76962%$6,168

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid12,96972%$6,632
Federal student loans12,48870%$8,758

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Eastern Michigan University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Eastern Michigan University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants14,7965,6059,191
Percent admitted100%70%74%
Percent admitted who enrolled19%20%19%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Eastern Michigan University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment21,246
Undergraduate enrollment17,682
Graduate enrollment3,564

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Eastern Michigan University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language ( English as a Second Language Program)
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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