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

Acceptance Rate
88%
Application Deadline
April 1
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
$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.163 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.163 responses
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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 114 responses
Report
  • Hardworking but fun
    37%
  • Average
    16%
  • Chill
    12%
  • Sociable
    11%
  • 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.208 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.247 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 122 responses
Report
  • Friendly and comfortable
    41%
  • Big school, with a small school feel
    39%
  • Wannabe Party with brutal cops
    6%
  • Public and easy to get into. Drug/Party mania.
    5%
  • Easy to get in, hard to stay in.
    3%
  • Friendly and comfortable, but small
    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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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!
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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!
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.