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Eastern Michigan University - College of Arts & Sciences

Eastern Michigan University - College of Arts & Sciences

Eastern Michigan University - College of Arts & Sciences


Come join our nationally accredited program; diverse, international students; and multilingual, multicultural faculty in the Great Lakes state of Michigan, in historic Ypsilanti, next door to Ann Arbor and Detroit. Learn English (ESL/EFL) or teach English (TESOL) BA TESOL, MA TESOL, 5-year combined BA-MA TESOL, PK-12 Graduate Certificate in TESOL Campus/Online/Hybrid/Study Abroad courses Become part of our ESL-TESOL community and international alumni network. Receive a first-class place-based education, academic-service learning, access to a community of scholars, personal mentorship, conference support, study-abroad opportunities, job announcements, career advice, and more

About EMU

Eastern Michigan University is among the most diverse public universities in Michigan, with a strategic focus on equity and inclusion in its core mission. Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral, and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences, and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. In 2022, EMU was ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the category of social mobility. The ranking reflects Eastern's core value of being a welcoming institution of opportunity.


EMU enriches lives in a supportive, intellectually dynamic, and diverse community. Our dedicated faculty balances teaching and research to prepare students with relevant skills and real-world awareness. We are an institution of opportunity where students learn in and beyond the classroom to benefit the local and global communities.


Eastern Michigan University will be a premier public university recognized for student-centered learning, high-quality academic programs, and community impact.

Core Values


We provide an exceptional environment to our faculty, staff, and students. We improve our performance continuously and strive to be the best in everything we do.


We care for our people, communities, and the environment and show respect for the dignity of the individual.


We create an environment that supports, represents, embraces, and engages members of diverse groups and identities.


We are accountable – individually and in teams – for our behaviors, actions, and results. We keep commitments.


Integrity and transparency are critical to our institutional effectiveness. We pursue the highest level of personal, intellectual, academic, financial, and operational integrity within the University community.


For undergraduate admissions, we accept applicants on a rolling basis throughout the year, although we encourage early application.

Priority Deadlines

EMU accepts applications for admission on a rolling basis throughout the year. However, it’s best to apply as early as possible, up to 15 months prior to your intended start date.

A priority admission deadline is the last day completed application files must be submitted in order to be admitted in time for the start of your intended semester.

The following guidelines provide information about how the timing of your application may affect your consideration for admission and/or financial aid:

Domestic students should apply by

  • July 1 for programs beginning in Fall
  • November 1 for programs beginning in the Winter
  • April 1 for programs beginning in Summer

International students should apply by

  • July 1 for programs beginning in Fall
  • November 1 for programs beginning in the Winter
  • February 28 for programs beginning in Summer

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or who have transcripts from outside the United States are subject to the deadlines for international students. International applicants who need an I-20 should apply as early as possible.

Undergraduate Priority Financial Aid Deadlines

Entering freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for academic scholarships at the time of admission, based on the availability of funds. In addition, students who have submitted FAFSA information are automatically considered for federal financial aid and/or additional grants.

For priority scholarship and financial aid consideration, EMU strongly recommends that students submit completed admission and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the following dates:

Incoming Freshmen

  • March 15 for programs beginning in Fall

Incoming Transfer

  • March 15 for programs beginning in Fall

Scholarships and Funding

Eastern Michigan University is one of the most affordable and best-valued institutions in the country. EMU's Global Tuition Rate eliminates out-of-state fees for undergraduate students, allowing all undergraduate students from the U.S.— and around the world to pay in-state rates.

First-Year Scholarships

Historically, 97 percent of freshmen receive some form of financial aid. Learn about which of our fantastic scholarships you are eligible for and how we can help make college accessible.

Emerald Scholarship

Eastern Michigan University was among the first public universities in Michigan to offer free tuition to high-achieving students with financial needs. Your hard work in high school is rewarded by increased scholarship amounts.


  • Award: up to $8,000 per year
  • Eligibility: Based on cumulative high school GPA. (GPA on a 4.0 scale), Fall 2024 scholarship amounts
  • Consideration: Automatic. Awarded at the time of admission
  • Renewable? Yes
  • Domestic Student
  • Please note: Scholarship awards are contingent upon verification of admission criteria via official transcripts or test scores (if applicable).
  • The scholarship award amounts will be applicable to applicants starting in Fall 2024.

Eastern Tuition Advantage (ETA)

If you earned a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and have an adjusted gross family income of < $60,000, or Pell Grant eligibility as determined by the FAFSA you qualify for full tuition minus federal aid.


In addition to academic and financial need criteria, eligible students must be traditional (under the age of 21) first-year students. This award is not available to graduate, transfer, international, or post-bachelor students.

Presidential Scholarship

A 3.5 or higher cumulative high school GPA and excellent SAT/ACT scores are rewarded with Eastern's most prestigious award for incoming first-year students, which covers full tuition and room and board for four years (valued at approximately $100,000).


  • High School Senior, incoming Freshman for Fall 2023
  • Must have 1.) at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and 2.) 25 composite ACT or 1200 SAT (Critical Reading + Math)SAT/ACT requirements are waived for those with a GPA of 3.85 or higher
  • Must apply for admission to Eastern Michigan University and submit all official transcripts and test scores by the scholarship deadline.

4WARD Graduation Scholarship

The 4WARD Graduation Scholarship is an exciting opportunity to successfully complete your degree in four years while maintaining financial stability. With a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA your first two years have a locked-in tuition rate and the following two years provide full tuition coverage.


  • Admitted students with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA will have the opportunity to opt into the 4WARD Graduation Scholarship.
  • International students are eligible to participate.


Top 50 Graduate Programs in Entrepreneurship

The graduate program in Entrepreneurship ranked among the top 50 in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Best in the Midwest

Named a 'Best in the Midwest' university by The Princeton Review for the 19th consecutive year.

Nation’s Best for 18th Consecutive Year

College of Business was rated among the nation’s best for the 18th consecutive year by The Princeton Review.

Specialized MBA in International Business

Specialized MBA in International Business ranks among the nation’s best in terms of global emphasis.

Best Master's in Clinical Research Programs

Clinical Research Administration is ranked seventh in the nation in a list of "Best Master's in Clinical Research Programs for 2019."

Among Nation's Best

Online paralegal program ranked among nation's best; only Michigan university listed in rankings.

Top Program of its Kind in Michigan

The Theatre Arts program ranks among the nation's finest – and the top program of its kind in Michigan.

Top Honors to Student Chapter

The National Society for Human Resource Management awards top honors to student chapters for exceptional efforts.

Nation’s Best for 18th Consecutive Year

College of Business was rated among the nation’s best for the 18th consecutive year by The Princeton Review.

25th Nationally for Services to Students

Ranked in the top 25 nationally for services to students on the autism spectrum.

23rd in United States

Simulation, Animation, and Gaming programs ranked 23rd in the United States by Animation Career Review.

#1 "Military Friendly" University in Michigan

Ranked the top “Military Friendly” university in Michigan and the 3rd highest-ranked university in the nation.

#3 Master's Educational Psychology Program

Master's educational psychology program ranks third in the nation.

Top LGBTQ-friendly University in Michigan

Recognized as Michigan&rsquo's top LGBTQ-friendly university; the national website cites exceptional support offered to students.

18th in the Nation for 2020

Master of Science in Tax Consulting program ranked as the 18th best program in the U.S., according to Grad School Hub.

Highly Ranked OT Program

Master's program in occupational therapy ranked 2nd in Michigan and one of the best nationwide.

Integrated Marketing Communication Ranked 60th Nationally

IMC program ranked 60th nationally by the U.S. News & World Report; and 2nd in Michigan in non-MBA master's programs.

10th in the Nation

EMU is named 10th in the nation for Best Online Colleges for Entrepreneurship.

Nationally Ranked Dietetics Program

The online dietetics bachelor's program ranks number one in Michigan.

Top Online Graduate Education Programs

Graduate programs in the College of Education ranked in the top 150 nationwide by the U.S. News & World Report.

Highly Ranked Human Resources Certificate

Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resources ranked 10th in the nation.

National Champions

EMU wins first place in the 2019 nationwide Moot Court Competition.

Top 10 Music Therapy Programs in the U.S.

EMU Bachelor of Music Therapy ranks in the top 10 for affordability in the nation.

Top 100 University for Social Mobility

EMU ranks amongst the top universities for social mobility in the U.S.

Nationally Ranked Engineering Programs

EMU's engineering programs are highly ranked, only four years after being established.

Nationally Ranked BSN Program

EMU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing is ranked in the top 20% by the U.S. News and World Report.


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