- Unique strength within diversity. At East-West University, unique sense of identity prevails. Strength of the university comes from its concerned and caring faculty and staff. Within the environment of East-West is a sense of community. Finally, diversity is the real strength of East-West University. East-West University was founded in 1980 with the mission of providing quality, affordable, multi-cultural, and forward-looking higher education to Chicago and the world. The institution has grown and prospered over the years, from a noble idea to a significant institution of higher learning accommodating nearly 1200 students. East-West has repeatedly been cited as having the lowest tuition among private schools in the Chicago area, making a higher education with personal attention more accessible. East-West has one of the highest percentages of international students of any baccalaureate school in the nation; it is the only majority-minority four year college in the state of Illinois; the faculty and staff is among the most diverse of any institution of higher learning in the nation; its graduates have spread throughout the world making a difference; and its close-knit, family atmosphere has been successful in helping students to meet the challenges of making it through college to graduation.
East-West University serves 419 students (99% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.
Quick Stats (2023)
- Enrollment: 419 students
- Private-state tuition: $19,545
- Acceptance Rate: 41%
- Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
- Minority enrollment: 98%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
East-West University ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:
The teacher population of 43 teachers has grown by 48% over five years.
(IL) Community College Avg.
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
The student population of East-West University has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The East-West University diversity score of 0.81 is more than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has grown by 24% over five years.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
The private state tuition of $19,545 is more than the state average of $13,695. The private state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
ACT Composite (Year 2018)
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does East-West University cost?
East-West University's private state tuition is approximately $19,545.
What is the acceptance rate of East-West University?
The acceptance rate of East-West University is 41%, which is lower than the state average of 61%.
What is East-West University's ranking?
East-West University ranks among the top 20% of community college in Illinois for: Diversity in US community colleges, Average community college minority breakdown and Percent of students receiving financial aid.
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