Illinois State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Illinois State University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 89%, Illinois State is largely accessible to applicants. Students can apply through the school's website, and will also need to submit scores from the SAT or ACT, high school transcripts, and an optional personal statement.

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Admissions Data (2016):

  • Illinois State University Acceptance Rate: 89%

Illinois State University Description:

Illinois State University's rich history goes back to 1857 and makes the school the oldest public university in the state. The campus is located in centrally in Normal, Illinois, a small city less than three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Illinois State ranks well for its academic quality and value, and the school has a significantly higher graduation rate than the majority of other public universities with a similar student profile. The university has broad academic strengths, and programs in business, education, and nursing are all highly regarded nationally.

Students can choose from more than 200 academic majors and minors. Classes are supported by a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and about two-thirds of classes have fewer than 30 students. In athletics, the Illinois State Redbirds compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. The university fields 17 Division I teams.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,039 (18,643 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,061 (in-state); $25,168 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $942 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,850
  • Other Expenses: $3,344
  • Total Cost: $28,197 (in-state); $39,304 (out-of-state)

Illinois State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 57%
    • Loans: 64%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,126
    • Loans: $7,974

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 48%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Soccer

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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