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Illinois State University Overview

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

What Is Illinois State University Known For?

4,904 Undergraduate Awards
$30,078 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Illinois State have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Illinois State.
  • In 2017-2018, 77% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Illinois State with a bachelor's degree make about $47,100 a year. That's 15% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Illinois State University Rankings

Illinois State landed the #265 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Illinois State also holds the #6 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.

Illinois State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#233 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Industrial Production Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Recreation Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best General Family & Consumer Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Public Health Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#72 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Best Education 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
#3 Best Recreation Administration Schools College Factual
#6 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools College Factual
#9 Best Special Education Schools College Factual
#32 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#77 Best Education Schools College Factual
#127 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is Illinois State University?

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Contact details for Illinois State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: North And School Streets, Normal, IL 61790-1000
Phone: 309-438-2111
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 neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Illinois State?

81% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
Illinois State has an acceptance rate of 81%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to Illinois State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Illinois State University  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Illinois State University  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800
Illinois State received ACT scores from 51% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 27. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Illinois State University  ( 20 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Illinois State University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Illinois State University  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Illinois State University?

$30,078 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
4.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Illinois State is $30,078. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Illinois State, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $7,413 a year. That adds up to $29,652 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Illinois State is 4.4%. 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

16,666 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,987 undergraduate students at Illinois State, with 16,666 being full-time and 1,321 being part-time.

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There are also 2,733 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,666 full-time undergraduates at Illinois State, 43% are male and 57% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 403
Black or African American 1,623
Hispanic or Latino 1,988
White 11,877
International Students 121
Other Races/Ethnicities 654

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

14,568 Took All Classes Online
19,814 Took At Least One Class Online
598.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 19,814 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Illinois State

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Illinois State University was $12,582 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $19,554. The following table shows how Illinois State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Writing Studies #22 #13
English Language & Literature #71 #54

Online Growth Rankings of Illinois State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Illinois State University was 598.7%. This is the #151 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Illinois State regardless of major.

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 428 0 0 0 428
Marketing 291 0 0 0 291
Business Administration & Management 144 17 104 0 265
Finance & Financial Management 245 0 0 0 245
Nursing 183 10 29 9 231
Accounting 162 0 58 0 220
General Agriculture 199 0 4 0 203
Communication & Media Studies 172 0 23 0 195
Special Education 156 12 19 2 189
Teacher Education Subject Specific 151 8 24 3 186
General Psychology 149 0 20 0 169
Criminal Justice & Corrections 160 0 7 0 167
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 147 18 0 0 165
Health & Physical Education 71 0 78 0 149
Liberal Arts General Studies 144 0 0 0 144
General Biology 117 0 10 4 131
General English Literature 108 0 14 8 130
Communication Sciences 71 0 33 8 112
History 97 0 11 0 108
Mathematics 69 0 27 0 96
Political Science & Government 87 0 9 0 96
Fine & Studio Arts 84 0 9 0 93
Recreation Administration 91 0 0 0 91
Sociology 76 0 7 0 83
Public Relations & Advertising 80 0 0 0 80
Social Work 51 0 27 0 78
Drama & Theater Arts 71 0 7 0 78
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 67 8 75
Industrial Production Technology 18 0 54 0 72
Insurance 71 0 0 0 71
Music 42 0 25 0 67
International Business 65 0 0 0 65
Other Visual Art 52 0 9 0 61
Computer Information Systems 35 0 25 0 60
Information Technology 58 2 0 0 60
Economics 46 0 14 0 60
Construction Management 59 0 0 0 59
Computer Science 53 0 0 0 53
Human Development & Family Studies 49 0 0 0 49
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 35 13 0 0 48
Educational Administration 0 13 14 18 45
Public Health 43 0 0 0 43
General Family & Consumer Sciences 22 0 19 0 41
Romance Languages 34 0 0 0 34
Journalism 33 0 0 0 33
General Engineering Technology 33 0 0 0 33
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 31 0 0 0 31
Geography & Cartography 31 0 0 0 31
Design & Applied Arts 30 0 0 0 30
Management Information Systems 29 0 0 0 29
Physics 29 0 0 0 29
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 7 15 7 29
Textile & Apparel Studies 26 0 0 0 26
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 26 0 0 0 26
Allied Health Professions 25 0 0 0 25
Geological & Earth Sciences 12 2 11 0 25
Chemistry 16 0 7 0 23
Anthropology 17 0 5 0 22
Student Counseling 0 0 21 0 21
Legal Support Services 19 0 0 0 19
Philosophy 17 0 0 0 17
Health & Medical Administrative Services 15 0 0 0 15
Graphic Communications 11 0 0 0 11
Computer Systems Networking 10 0 0 0 10
Ethnic Studies 0 9 0 0 9
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 9 0 9
Computer Systems Analysis 0 8 0 0 8
Quality Control Technology 0 8 0 0 8
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 7 0 0 0 7
Computer Software & Applications 0 7 0 0 7
Library & Information Science 0 4 0 0 4
Teaching English or French 0 1 0 0 1
Area Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Gerontology 0 1 0 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Archeology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,904 140 815 67 5,926

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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