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Illinois State University Overview

Illinois State University is a public institution situated in Normal, Illinois. Illinois State is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Illinois State University Known For?

4,822 Undergraduate Awards
$28,960 Avg Cost After Aid
89% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Illinois State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Illinois State.
  • In 2017-2018, 77% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Illinois State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $47,100 a year. That's about 15% more than their peers at other schools.

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Illinois State University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Illinois State is ranked #291 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Illinois State also holds the #12 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Illinois State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best General Agriculture Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Recreation Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Public Health Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Illinois State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for General Agriculture College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for Special Education College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#102 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Illinois State University?

Location of Illinois State University

Contact details for Illinois State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: North And School Streets, Normal, IL 61790-1000
Phone: 309-438-2111
Website: illinoisstate.edu/
Facebook: http://illinoisstate.edu/Facebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IllinoisStateU

How Do I Get Into Illinois State?

You can apply to Illinois State online at: www.admissions.illinoisstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Illinois State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Illinois State?

89% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 89%, Illinois State is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to Illinois State submitted their SAT scores.Illinois State received ACT scores from 98% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Illinois State University  ( 20 to 26 )
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ACT Math Scores for Illinois State University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Illinois State University  ( 21 to 26 )
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36

Can I Afford Illinois State University?

$28,960 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
3.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Illinois State is $28,960. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Illinois State, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $7,729 a year. That adds up to $30,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Illinois State is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Illinois State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,917 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,107 undergraduate students at Illinois State, with 16,917 being full-time and 1,190 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Illinois State

There are also 2,528 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,917 full-time undergraduates at Illinois State, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Illinois State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Illinois State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Illinois State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 356
Black or African American 1,568
Hispanic or Latino 1,901
White 12,360
International Students 115
Other Races/Ethnicities 617

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Illinois State University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 72 countries are represented at Illinois State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Panama, and China.

Online Learning at Illinois State University

507 Took All Classes Online
4,402 Took At Least One Class Online
22.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Illinois State. In 2017-2018, 4,402 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Illinois State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 34th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Illinois State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Illinois State University was 22.2%. This is the #836 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Illinois State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Illinois State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Curriculum & Instruction 46%
Education 15%
Health Professions 1%
Nursing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Illinois State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Illinois State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Library & Information Science #10
Library Science #11
Curriculum & Instruction #28
Health & Physical Education #30
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #33
Teacher Education Subject Specific #46
Health & Medical Administrative Services #86
Nursing #152
Education #182
Health Professions #258

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Illinois State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 396 0 0 0 396
Marketing 291 0 0 0 291
Accounting 215 0 64 0 279
Finance & Financial Management 247 0 0 0 247
Communication & Media Studies 198 0 35 0 233
Nursing 180 0 32 11 223
General Agriculture 221 0 1 0 222
Special Education 152 32 24 6 214
Business Administration & Management 142 21 35 0 198
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 168 0 0 0 168
Criminal Justice & Corrections 153 0 6 0 159
Teacher Education Subject Specific 123 8 25 1 157
General Psychology 134 0 21 0 155
Liberal Arts General Studies 143 0 0 0 143
General Biology 109 0 14 3 126
Recreation Administration 119 0 0 0 119
General English Literature 97 0 11 9 117
Communication Sciences 66 0 38 9 113
Health & Physical Education 67 0 43 0 110
Political Science & Government 98 0 10 0 108
History 92 0 8 0 100
Computer Information Systems 56 0 36 0 92
Social Work 60 0 26 0 86
Public Relations & Advertising 84 0 0 0 84
Fine & Studio Arts 73 0 11 0 84
Mathematics 60 0 22 0 82
Sociology 73 0 5 0 78
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 64 12 76
Music 39 0 30 0 69
Industrial Production Technology 15 0 51 0 66
Computer Science 57 0 0 0 57
Human Development & Family Studies 55 0 0 0 55
Insurance 53 0 0 0 53
Construction Management 51 0 0 0 51
Drama & Theater Arts 41 0 9 0 50
Public Health 46 0 0 0 46
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 45 0 0 0 45
General Family & Consumer Sciences 24 0 18 0 42
Economics 21 0 20 0 41
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 38 0 0 0 38
Other Visual Art 31 0 7 0 38
Textile & Apparel Studies 36 0 0 0 36
Journalism 34 0 0 0 34
Educational Administration 0 10 13 11 34
Design & Applied Arts 34 0 0 0 34
General Engineering Technology 32 0 0 0 32
Chemistry 21 0 10 0 31
Information Technology 25 5 0 0 30
Romance Languages 28 0 0 0 28
Anthropology 16 5 7 0 28
Management Information Systems 27 0 0 0 27
International Business 26 0 0 0 26
Allied Health Professions 26 0 0 0 26
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 25 0 0 0 25
Geological & Earth Sciences 19 3 3 0 25
Physics 22 0 0 0 22
Student Counseling 0 0 21 0 21
Computer Systems Analysis 0 20 0 0 20
Health & Medical Administrative Services 19 0 0 0 19
Geography & Cartography 18 0 0 0 18
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 5 9 3 17
Legal Support Services 16 0 0 0 16
Graphic Communications 14 0 0 0 14
Philosophy 14 0 0 0 14
Environmental Control Technology 13 0 0 0 13
Computer Systems Networking 12 0 0 0 12
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 9 0 0 0 9
Quality Control Technology 0 9 0 0 9
Ethnic Studies 0 7 0 0 7
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 7 0 7
Computer Software & Applications 0 3 0 0 3
Teaching English or French 0 3 0 0 3
Library & Information Science 0 3 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 1 0 0 1
Area Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Gerontology 0 1 0 0 1
Archeology 0 0 1 0 1
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,822 136 737 65 5,760

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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