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Illinois State University
Normal, IL
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is a public, multipurpose, coeducational, residential university that places a strong emphasis on undergraduate study. It has one of the largest undergraduate programs in Illinois, with six colleges and 35 academic departments that offer more than 160 major/minor options. In addition the graduate school coordinates 42 master's, specialist and doctoral programs. Its 850-acre campus is located in the urban area of Normal-Bloomington. Campus architecture ranges from a castle-like hall to modern 28-story residential towers.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 18,643
   Women 10,327 (55.4%)
   Men 8,316 (44.6%)
Graduate Students 2,396
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 89% of 12,078 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline April 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.36
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 24 average
21-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities       X
Cost of Attendance In-state: $28,295
Out-of-state: $39,402
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $14,061
Out-of-state: $25,168
  Room and Board $9,948
Average Percent of Need Met 72%
Average Freshman Award $10,509
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 877
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 36% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Normal Population 54,664
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 32% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Reggie Redbird
Sororities 17% of women participate
Fraternities 11% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.2% Asian
8.4% Black/African-American
10.2% Hispanic/Latino
2.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.8% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students 0.6% from 35 countries
First-Year Students Returning 81.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 47.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported