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Illinois State University (ISU) was founded in 1857, making it the oldest public university in Illinois. ISU is located in Normal, Illinois, USA. Its campus is located in the twin-cities of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Its central location and access to Routes and Interstates make it more readily accessible.

ISU is considered a “national university” granting several different doctoral degrees. It has a strong emphasis on research. ISU ranks 85th on the 2012 U.S. News and World Report list for the top national public universities. Only four public universities in Illinois made the list and of them only the University of Illinois – Chicago and the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign ranked higher in 2012. Additionally, ISU is known for being one of the top ten producers of teachers in America according to the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

The ISU athletic teams, the “Redbirds,” are members of the Missouri Valley Conference. Their mascot is based on the state bird—the cardinal.

General Information

Admission Office

Campus Box 2200

Normal, IL 61790-2200

(309) 438-2181

(800) 366-2478

Fax: (309) 438-3932

Contact: Molly Arnold

Director of Admissions
Main Address

Admissions, Campus Box 2200

Normal, IL 61790-2200

(309) 438-2111

Total undergrads: 18,065

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,394

Degree-seeking undergrads: 17,997

Graduate enrollment: 2,734


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 64%

Percent students who return for sophomore year: 83%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $9,019 $9,814 $10,531 $11,417 +8.41%
Books and Supplies $888 $933 $1,084 $1,023 -5.63%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,848 $7,458 $7,882 $8,436 +7.03%
Other $3,073 $3,222 $3,254 $3,394 +4.30%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $19,828 $21,427 $22,751 $24,270 +6.68%
In-state Off Campus $9,907 $10,747 $11,615 $12,440 +7.10%
In-state with Family $9,907 $10,747 $11,615 $12,440 +7.10%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $6,319
In-state Student Fees $1,967
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $12,964
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,987

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,319 68%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,006 30% $9,248,090 $9,193
• Federal grants 497 15% $2,052,050 $4,129
• Pell grants 482 14% $1,647,983 $3,419
• Other federal grants 359 11% $404,067 $1,126
Local and state government scholarships or grants 758 22% $4,214,321 $5,560
Institutional scholarships or grants 620 18% $2,981,719 $4,809
Student loan financial aid 1,873 55% $12,196,519 $6,512
• Federal student loans 1,865 55% $9,522,144 $5,106
• Other student loans 256 8% $2,674,375 $10,447

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4582 707 65 25
Agriculture 32
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 32
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 174 12 4
Biochemistry 24
Biology and Biological Sciences 150 12 4
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 982 115
Accounting 165 61
Business Administration and Management 118 54
Finance 226
Insurance 56
International Business 29
Management Information Systems 17
Management Science 130
Marketing/Marketing Management 241
Communication and Journalism Studies 254 37
Journalism 56
Mass Media Studies 47
Public Relations/Image Management 89
Speech Communication 62 37
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 90 34
Computer Science 19
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 21
Information Technology 50 34
Education 825 156 36 12
Administration Of Special Education 9
Business Teacher Studies 25
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 25
Curriculum and Instruction 44 9
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership, Management and Administration 23 20
Educational and Instructional Technology
Elementary Education, Teaching and Instruction 285
Health Teacher Education 38
Junior High/Middle School Teacher Education 93
Kindergarten/Preschool Teacher Education 72
Mathematics Teacher Education 5
Music Teacher Education 37 6
Physical Education/Coaching Teacher Education 49
Reading Teacher Education 36
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 3
Social Studies Teacher Education 11
Special Education Teacher Education 197 22 2
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Technology and Industrial Arts Teacher Education 18
Engineering Technology 154 26
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 16
Industrial Technology/Technician 138 26
English Language and Literature/Letters 190 9 13 2
English Language and Literature 190 7 13
Writing 2 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 61 6
Foreign Languages and Literatures 6
French Language and Literature 9
German Language and Literature 7
Spanish Language and Literature 45
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 311 65 7
Athletic Training/Trainer 22
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/Pathologist 77 51 7
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 33
Environmental Health 21
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 9
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 13
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 133 5
History 145 17
History 145 17
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 167 7
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 167 7
Human Services 43 18
Social Work 43 18
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 126
General Studies 91
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 35
Library Science 4
Library and Information Science 4
Mathematics and Statistics 77 23
Mathematics 77 23
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 135 39
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 39
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 56
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 79
Physical Sciences 53 17
Chemistry 23 13
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 4
Geology/Earth Science 13
Physics 17
Psychology 123 27 5 7
Counseling Psychology 7
Psychology 123 20
School Psychology 5 7
Social Sciences 287 45
Anthropology 26
Archaeology 4
Economics 57 17
Geography 20
Political Science and Government 121 16
Sociology 63 8
Visual and Performing Arts 211 40
Art/Art Studies 97 2
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 61 4
Fine/Studio Arts 5 9
Music Performance 15
Music 17 23
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 16 2
Work and Family Studies 142 14
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 142 14
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music History/Literature B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications B
Computer Science B
Information Technology B


Business Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

Engineering Technologies

Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Environmental Health B
Medical Records Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Illinois State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(309) 438-2111
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:North and School Streets, Normal, IL 61790-1000
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:21,039
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):72%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:17,044 (81% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$14,061
Out-of-state Tuition:$25,168
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,126

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Illinois State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Illinois State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences21
Biological and Biomedical Sciences311
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services92
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs41
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services32
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields31
English Language and Literature/Letters1221
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics41
Health Professions and Related Programs1741
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Legal Professions and Studies2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Library Science1
Mathematics and Statistics11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies21
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences32
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences55
Visual and Performing Arts65
Grand total1075438

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Illinois State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs22
Library Science1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Grand total125

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Illinois State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$942

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,98082%
Grant or scholarship aid2,07857%$9,126
Student loan aid2,30864%$7,974

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid9,26650%$8,288
Federal student loans10,68258%$6,485

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Illinois State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Illinois State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants12,0784,8987,180
Percent admitted100%87%90%
Percent admitted who enrolled31%32%29%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Illinois State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment21,039
Undergraduate enrollment18,643
Graduate enrollment2,396

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Illinois State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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