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Illinois State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Illinois State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Illinois State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Illinois State University was awarded 197 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is family, consumer and human sciences.

Overall Quality

Illinois State is ranked #331 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 61 colleges in Illinois, Illinois State is ranked at #15.

See all of the rankings for Illinois State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Illinois State?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 89%, Illinois State has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

Illinois State received ACT scores from 98% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Illinois State University  ( 21 to 26 )

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Illinois State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Illinois State University is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Illinois State University is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Illinois State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Illinois State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Illinois State the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 48%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Illinois State University.

Average Overall Diversity at Illinois State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 18,107 undergraduates at Illinois State with 16,917 being full-time and 1,190 being part-time.

Illinois State Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

Illinois State scored 56.62 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  56.62 out of 100
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How Much Does Illinois State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Illinois State is $21,301. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Illinois State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,368 $15,246 $20,652 $25,580 $26,626

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Illinois State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Illinois State, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $7,729 a year. That adds up to $30,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Illinois State is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Illinois State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Illinois State make about $47,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Illinois State graduates since it is 18% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Illinois State University make the most money.

Location of Illinois State University

Illinois State University is a public institution located in Normal, Illinois. Illinois State is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of Illinois State University

Contact details for Illinois State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: North And School Streets, Normal, IL 61790-1000
Phone: 309-438-2111

Illinois State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 70 majors graduated from Illinois State University. Of these students, 4,822 received undergraduate degrees and 802 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 396 $37,600
Marketing 291 $42,500
Finance & Financial Management 247 $49,200
General Agriculture 221 $39,500
Accounting 215 $53,900
Communication & Media Studies 198 $33,100
Nursing 180 $62,500
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 168 $41,900
Criminal Justice & Corrections 153 $31,000
Special Education 152 $42,600

Learn more about the majors offered at Illinois State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Illinois State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 4,402 students took at least one online class at Illinois State University. This is an increase from the 3,793 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,402 507
2016-2017 3,793 432
2015-2016 3,995 330
2014-2015 3,297 319
2013-2014 2,502 233

Learn more about online learning at Illinois State University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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