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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?

17,165 Full-Time Undergraduates
$21,301 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 one 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.

Illinois State University Rankings

Illinois State is ranked #331 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. Illinois State also holds the #15 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Illinois State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Illinois State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 59
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 82
Best Colleges for the Money 135
Best Colleges for International Students 286
Best Colleges 331
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,525

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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36
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?

$21,301 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
3.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Illinois State is $21,301. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Illinois State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,368 $15,246 $20,652 $25,580 $26,626

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

17,165 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,330 undergraduate students at Illinois State, with 17,165 being full-time and 1,165 being part-time.

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

There are also 2,454 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 17,165 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 359
Black or African American 1,441
Hispanic or Latino 1,808
White 12,865
International Students 106
Other Races/Ethnicities 586

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Illinois State University awarded 9,644 undergraduate degrees and 1,604 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 215 64 0
Allied Health Professions 0 26 0 0
Anthropology 0 16 7 0
Archeology 0 0 1 0
Area Studies 0 1 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 9 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 142 35 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 25 0 0
Chemistry 0 21 10 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 9 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 38 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 198 35 0
Communication Sciences 0 66 38 9
Computer Information Systems 0 56 36 0
Computer Science 0 57 0 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 12 0 0
Construction Management 0 51 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 153 6 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 64 12
Design & Applied Arts 0 34 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 45 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 41 9 0
Economics 0 21 20 0
Educational Administration 0 0 13 11
Environmental Control Technology 0 13 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 247 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 73 11 0
General Agriculture 0 221 1 0
General Biology 0 109 14 3
General Engineering Technology 0 32 0 0
General English Literature 0 97 11 9
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 24 18 0
General Psychology 0 134 21 0
Geography & Cartography 0 18 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 19 3 0
Germanic Languages 0 2 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 14 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 19 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 67 43 0
History 0 92 8 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 55 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 15 51 0
Information Technology 0 25 0 0
Insurance 0 53 0 0
International Business 0 26 0 0
Journalism 0 34 0 0
Legal Support Services 0 16 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 143 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 7 0
Management Information Systems 0 27 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 168 0 0
Marketing 0 291 0 0
Mathematics 0 60 22 0
Music 0 39 30 0
Nursing 0 180 32 11
Other Visual Art 0 31 7 0
Philosophy 0 14 0 0
Physics 0 22 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 98 10 0
Public Health 0 46 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 84 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 119 0 0
Romance Languages 0 28 0 0
Social Work 0 60 26 0
Sociology 0 73 5 0
Special Education 0 152 24 6
Student Counseling 0 0 21 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 396 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 123 25 1
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 36 0 0
Total 0 9,644 1,474 130

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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