Illinois State University

Illinois State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Illinois State University Ranked?

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2023 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 831 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is industrial production technology.

Overall Quality

Illinois State landed the #214 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Illinois State held the #230 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 87 colleges in Illinois, Illinois State is ranked at #6.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Illinois State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Illinois State University is 81%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Illinois State is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to Illinois State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Illinois State University  ( 510 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Illinois State University  ( 510 to 610 )
Illinois State received ACT scores from 51% 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

At Illinois State University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Illinois State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Illinois State University has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 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 47%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

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Illinois State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,987 undergraduates at Illinois State with 16,666 being full-time and 1,321 being part-time.

How Much Does Illinois State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Illinois State is $20,830. 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 +
$13,783 $14,982 $19,293 $24,998 $26,767

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 60% of students took out student loans averaging $7,413 a year. That adds up to $29,652 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Illinois State is 3.6%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Illinois State make around $55,457 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Illinois State graduates since it is 31% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Illinois State University

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

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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 69 majors graduated from Illinois State University. Of these students, 4,726 received undergraduate degrees and 884 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 470 $39,193
Marketing 283 $45,387
Nursing 217 $63,829
Finance & Financial Management 202 $52,313
Accounting 188 $54,480
Communication & Media Studies 182 $37,645
General Agriculture 172 $41,426
Special Education 160 $43,480
Business Administration & Management 158 $41,050
General Psychology 155 $28,754

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 2019-2020, 19,814 students took at least one online class at Illinois State University. This is an increase from the 5,706 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 19,814 14,568
2018-2019 5,706 600
2017-2018 4,402 507
2016-2017 3,793 432
2015-2016 3,995 330

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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