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Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade A minus
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade A minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade B+
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade A minus
  11. Student Life
    grade A
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

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Illinois State is an above-average public university located in Normal, Illinois. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 17,092 undergraduate students. The Illinois State acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Marketing, Finance, and Agriculture. Graduating 70% of students, Illinois State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,600.

About

North and School Streets
Normal, IL 61790
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference

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.

ISU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
82%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1020-1220
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$20,093 / 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
$9,729 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
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. 184 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 184 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • All
    1%
  • None
    72%
  • Some
    27%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,092 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,158
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 135 responses
  • Hardworking but fun
    38%
  • Average
    16%
  • Chill
    13%
  • Sociable
    11%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Hangover
    4%
  • Hardworking
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 229 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 268 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 143 responses
  • Friendly and comfortable
    40%
  • Big school, with a small school feel
    36%
  • Wannabe Party with brutal cops
    6%
  • Easy to get in, hard to stay in.
    5%
  • Public and easy to get into. Drug/Party mania.
    4%
  • Friendly and comfortable, but small
    3%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,100 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
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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