Illinois State is an above-average public university located in Normal, Illinois. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 17,456 undergraduate students. The Illinois State acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Elementary Education, Marketing, and Finance. Graduating 72% of students, Illinois State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,500.
NCAA Division I-FCS
Missouri Valley Conference
Illinois State University Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.165 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.168 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.168 responses
Most Popular Majors
Elementary Education303 Graduates
Management Sciences and Information Systems187 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies177 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities155 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching153 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.213 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.252 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.113 responses
Illinois State University Reviews
I attended high school in a very small tow. There was no diversity whatsoever & the town itself had very little to offer. I appreciate ISU for it's diversity & student life. They offer clubs for anything imaginable & there is always something to do on campus. The professors have all been very helpful & I also have appreciated the guidance I received from my student counselors. The town itself is always active with great shopping & local restaurants. I have always felt safe on the campus & have witnessed a strong security presence when walking on campus in the evenings. I am beyond thrilled with my decision to attend ISU!
I like the layout of Illinois State University. Everything you need is literally walking-distance away. Classroom sizes are small, so you don't feel lost or like a "number" amongst hundreds. The teachers are outstanding, and push you to challenge yourself. I am a Physics Education major, so my classes are very difficult. That being said, I still have confidence in them because I know I will be able to connect with my professors with ease should I need their help. I wouldn't change anything at all about Illinois State University. I love it!
I absolutely love it here! It's so easy to make friends because of how lively the quad is and how many activities there are. Classes can be hard, but all the teachers give you as many resources as they can to help, no matter how big the lecture is. The doorms are friendly and the RAs do their best to make the living space tolerable. The only downside to me would be the food at the dining hall. It's not bad, but can sometimes have a repetitive food selection.