Illinois State University

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Campus Box 2200

Normal, IL 61790-2200

Phone: (309) 438-2111
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. National Universities

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Illinois State University is a public institution that was founded in 1857. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,257, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 490 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Illinois State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 152. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,573 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,013 (2013-14).

Illinois State University is located in the town of Normal, about 130 miles southwest of Chicago. Undergraduates at Illinois State can choose from dozens of degrees, and master's students can major in many fields as well, including business, education, and social sciences and humanities. First-year students at ISU can sign up for the Learning in Communities seminar, which allows them to take one of their first colleges courses with a small group of peers and learn about their fellow students and the university.

ISU students can also join more than 300 student organizations, write for the Vidette student newspaper or play an intramural sport. More competitive athletes can try out for one of the many Illinois State Redbirds varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. ISU students can also spend their free time checking out the parks, golf course and museum in Normal, or attending one of ISU’s many School of Theatre productions. A few of Illinois State's notable alumni performed in these productions and went on to become famous television actors, including Jane Lynch, who stars in "Glee," and Laurie Metcalf, who appeared in "Roseanne."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Illinois State University is Illinois' first public university, founded in 1857 as a normal university to prepare the state's teachers. The University is now a comprehensive institution whose early emphasis on education continues to shape the University. Illinois State University works as a diverse communicty of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. ISU promotes the highest academic standards init's teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections among them. ISU devotes all its resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond. Our values include: the provision of an environment emphasizing individualized attention, public opportunity, active pursuit of learning and scholarship, diversity, and civic engagement.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1857
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $67,288,958


When applying to Illinois State University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1. The application fee at Illinois State University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.0%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Illinois State University is 19:1, and the school has 33.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Illinois State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 47%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Education 17%
Health Professions and Related Programs 7%
Social Sciences 6%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 5%

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Student Life

Illinois State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,257, with a gender distribution of 45.3 percent male students and 54.7 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus. Illinois State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 20,706
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Illinois State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Illinois State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Illinois State University, 55 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Illinois State University.

Students who have cars on campus 55%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Illinois State University, 61.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,605.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,573 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,013 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,624 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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