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
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Illinois State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
North and School Streets
Normal, IL 61790

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

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Illinois State University

Cost

Net Price
$17,509/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,307/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,641/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,228/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,354/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,414/ year

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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.161 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.161 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,151Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 112 responses
Report
  • Hardworking but fun
    38%
  • Average
    16%
  • Chill
    13%
  • Sociable
    10%
  • Unique
    8%
  • Hangover
    4%
  • Bro
    4%

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.206 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.245 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 120 responses
Report
  • Friendly and comfortable
    41%
  • Big school, with a small school feel
    40%
  • Wannabe Party with brutal cops
    6%
  • Public and easy to get into. Drug/Party mania.
    5%
  • Friendly and comfortable, but small
    3%
  • Easy to get in, hard to stay in.
    3%
  • Brutal cops. Small with a big feel. Challenging.
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.113 responses
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My experience at Illinois state university is something I will never forget for many different reasons. Illinois state university is located in normal il but it's anything but normal. Illinois state university will forever have a place in my life. Illinois state university has something for every single person. Illinois state university is huge on diversity and offers something for everyone! It's important for everyone to feel like they have a place. The campus is amazing and it's very clean! It's a great environment to come to everyday. The local area around Illinois state university is great, lots of shopping and good places to eat and lots of local places to get part time jobs. Illinois state university has so much to offer!
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Illinois State is a great school with incredible professors! They are always there for you when you need assistance. Not only that, but the campus life is incredible. There are tons of organizations to join as well as getting involved in sports.
I am not a student athlete, but I am still involved with the athletics at ISU. I feel like most sports here still get students involved to help support our redbird family. Team performance is always good, we're a D1 school, even if we lose, we still do amazing! Fan support is amazing, it is so nice to see alumni come back and support sporting events. The student section at basketball games and football games is so much fun to be apart of, it really gets students involved and feel as if they are apart of something. Our school spirit is great, all I see when I walk to class is red, everywhere! I am always telling people how great ISU is and that they should come visit or even apply here. Athletics don't just have to be about who's on camera, there are plenty of intramural sports that so many students take part in. They, too, have very nice facilities to use like Horton Field House, the recreational center, etc.