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.

Website: www.illinoisstate.edu/

Public
Co-ed
18,330
Undergraduate
Students
(55.2%) 10,119 Women
(44.8%) 8,211 Men
2,454
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Minimally 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
3.37
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
23 average
21-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,758
Out-of-state: $41,282
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,516
Out-of-state: $26,040
Room and Board
$9,850
Average Percent of Need Met
43%
Average Freshman Award
$11,555
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$30,240
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
878
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 38% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes
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Campus Life

Normal Population
54,664
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
31% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Reggie Redbird
Sororities
17% of women participate
Fraternities
11% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.1% Asian
8.6% Black/African-American
10.4% Hispanic/Latino
2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.4% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students
0.5% from 69 countries
First-Year Students Returning
80.6%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
47.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Minimally Difficult: Most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 2  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 2  
History    
Academic Electives 2  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required July 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Not used if submitted July 15
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
 
City, State, Zip
Normal, IL 61790
Phone
(309) 438-2181
Fax
(309) 438-3932
E-mail
Admissions@IllinoisState.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
April 1
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
89% of 12,078 applicants were admitted
Women
90% of 7,183 applicants were admitted
Men
87% of 4,895 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
5,162 (48%) of 10,735 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,802 (43%) of 6,455 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,360 (55%) of 4,280 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.37
3.75 and Above
24%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
22%
2.00 - 2.49
3%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23 average
21-26 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
11%
Score of 24 - 29
34%
Score of 18 - 23
55%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,758
Out-of-state: $41,282
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,516
Out-of-state: $26,040
Room and Board
$9,850
Books and Supplies
$910
Other Expenses
$4,482
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline November 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001692
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
3,043 (88.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,250 (74.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,131 (95.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
288 (11.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
43%
Average Award
$11,555
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,193 (60.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,376
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,582 (77.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,344
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 967 (35.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
361 (9.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,383

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
13,602 (77.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
10,739 (79.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
10,202 (95.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,365 (10.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
46%
Average Award
$11,506
Need-Based Gift
Received by 5,667 (56.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,646
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 7,942 (79.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,281
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 3,744 (28.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
913 (4.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,398

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
68%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$30,240
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Library Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Debating, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Union Members/Company Employees, Children with a Deceased or Disabled Parent, First-Generation College Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Previous College Experience, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,728
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture, General
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Health
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Communications, General
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Interior Design
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Journalism
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Education, Health professions and related sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
878
Part-Time Faculty
412
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
56%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 38% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 40% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 19% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,734,475
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
2500
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Music, Master of Science in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accountancy, Master of Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Music Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Animal Behavior
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biophysics
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Conservation Biology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Educational Policy
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Genetics
  • Graphic Design
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Immunology
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Music
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Parasitology
  • Photography
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Reading Education
  • Sociology
  • Structural Biology
  • Textile Design
  • Theater
  • Zoology

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Animal Behavior
  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biophysics
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Educational Policy
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Higher Education
  • Immunology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Parasitology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Sciences
  • School Psychology
  • Structural Biology
  • Zoology

Location and Setting


Normal Population
54,664
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
1,111 acres

Weather

Temperature
13.2 average low in January, 82.2 average high in September
Rain
114 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Bloomington
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Normal

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
31% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
69%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Reggie Redbird
School Colors
Red and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Gymnastics x x    
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Gymnastics x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics    
Soccer    
Softball    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
17% of women participate
Fraternities
11% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
18,330
Women
10,119 (55.2%)
Men
8,211 (44.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
17,165
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.1% Asian
8.6% Black/African-American
10.4% Hispanic/Latino
2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.4% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students.
0.5% from 69 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
2,454

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
80.6%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
47.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
66.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
68.8%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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