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Illinois State University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Illinois State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Illinois State offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Illinois State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Illinois State University was awarded 198 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is family, consumer and human sciences.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Illinois State is ranked #331 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Illinois State also holds the #15 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

See all of the rankings for Illinois State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Illinois State?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 89%, some consider Illinois State to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

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 )

Learn more about Illinois State University admissions.

Illinois State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Illinois State University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

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 18,330 undergraduates at Illinois State with 17,165 being full-time and 1,165 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Illinois State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $47,100 in their early years. 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 situated in Normal, Illinois. Normal is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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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 80 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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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.


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