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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Illinois State is an above-average public university located in Normal, Illinois. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 17,165 undergraduate students. The Illinois State acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Elementary Education, Marketing, and Finance. Graduating 69% of students, Illinois State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,600.
About Illinois State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
100 N University St.
Normal, IL 61761

Illinois State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$19,227/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,124/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.165 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.173 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.173 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,165Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,165
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 124 responses
Report
  • Hardworking but fun
    39%
  • Average
    15%
  • Chill
    12%
  • Sociable
    11%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Hangover
    4%
  • Hardworking
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.218 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.257 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 132 responses
Report
  • Friendly and comfortable
    41%
  • Big school, with a small school feel
    37%
  • Easy to get in, hard to stay in.
    5%
  • Wannabe Party with brutal cops
    5%
  • Public and easy to get into. Drug/Party mania.
    5%
  • Friendly and comfortable, but small
    4%
  • Brutal cops. Small with a big feel. Challenging.
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
97%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.113 responses
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Illinois State University Reviews

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Illinois State is an amazing place to go to school. To start, Illinois State has a beautiful campus in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Not only is everything within walking distance, but the campus is also an arboretum, featuring dozens of different exotic and beautiful trees scattered across the quad. Illinois State also features many amazing schools and professors. The music program at Illinois State is phenomenal, featuring three auditioning wind ensembles, a non-major wind ensemble, two jazz bands, three jazz combos, a symphony orchestra, a men’s choir, two women’s choirs, a concert choir, and Madrigal singers. The music education program is also amazing that is led by amazing professors that care about the success of all students. Illinois State is also a great place for business majors. State Farm works with Illinois State and gets many students wonderful internship opportunities and careers. Overall, Illinois State is an amazing school that everyone should consider going to!
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It is my first semester at ISU and while I am overwhelmed, I have been welcomed and supported by my professors. There is an overwhelming amount of kind teachers. I'm still trying to decide if I just got lucky this semester or if all of the faculty are this caring.
The school provides large amounts of opportunities for students to do activities and meet other students/friends.
While I am still trying to figure out how I am going to pay for all of this schooling, I'm feeling a little less stressed seeing other students that are in the same boat as me. My classes are not difficult but take a lot of time.
I love the landscaping done on the quad, it definitely cheers up my early mornings walking in the sunlight and flowers. Big mood improver!
I LOVE the school very much! The town is amazing, as is the people around it and the students who go there. The community is very welcoming and there is always something on campus to do. There are tons of good places on campus where you can spend your flex dollars but after those run out you'll have to eat at one of the two dining halls on campus. At first the dining halls are great but soon enough you'll get tired of the food and long for somethings else. The dorms are nice, I lived in Manchester last year and loved the sense of community it gave. However, if you plan on showering in the evenings be prepared for lukewarm temps and low water pressure. Also during the summer months the air conditioning will make your room freezing and during the winter sometimes the heat makes it a little too cold. ISU has tons of fun events throughout the school year such as the annual drag show, the annual concert, and many more. Overall there's no other school I would rather go to.