Eastern Michigan University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University is a research university (public) that has an acceptance rate of 76%. Situated in Ypsilanti, a small city between Ann Arbor and Detroit, Eastern Michigan University has well-regarded programs in business, forensics, nursing, and education. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. EMU has over 250 student organizations and clubs and an active Greek system.


  • Total Enrollment: 18,838 (15,730 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40 percent male/60 percent female
  • 71 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,940
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $10,486
  • Other Expenses: $2,438
  • Total Cost: $26,864

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97 percent
    • Loans: 60 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,110
    • Loans: $8,680

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Psychology; and Social Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 72 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 17 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 45 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Crew-Rowing, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • The Eastern Michigan Eagles play in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

Overview of Eastern Michigan University Admissions

Eastern Michigan University, which accepts about 75% of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Eastern Michigan University had an acceptance rate of 76%.  for every 100 students who submitted applications, 76 students gained admission, making Eastern Michigan’s admissions process somewhat competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 85% of admitted students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Eastern Michigan’s admitted students fall within the bottom 29% on the SAT. For the reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Eastern Michigan scored between 450 and 590, while 25% scored below 450, and 25% scored over 590. 50% of admitted students scored between 440 and 580 on the math section, while 25% scored below 440, and 25% scored above 580. Students with a composite SAT score of 1170 or higher will have competitive chances at Eastern Michigan.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 25% of admitted students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Eastern Michigan’s admitted students fall within the bottom 20% on the ACT exam. The median 50% of students admitted to Eastern Michigan received a composite ACT score between 15 and 23, while 25% scored over 23, and 25% scored below 15.


In 2018, the mean high school GPA of Eastern Michigan University’s freshmen class was 3.29. This data suggests that successful applicants to EMU have B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Eastern Michigan University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Eastern Michigan University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Eastern Michigan University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Texas A&M University-Commerce, Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, California State University Northridge

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Eastern Michigan University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Applying to Eastern Michigan University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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