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Located in Normal, Illinois, Illinois State University is a public institution. Normal is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

$30,078 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
81% Acceptance Rate

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Illinois State University Rankings

According to our 2022 analysis, Illinois State is ranked #250 out of 1,672 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #7 out of 66 schools in Illinois.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Illinois State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
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Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into Illinois State?

You can apply to Illinois State online at:

Admission Requirements for Illinois State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Illinois State?

81% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 81%, Illinois State may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

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 English scores ranged between 20 and 27. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Illinois State University  ( 20 to 27 )
ACT Math Scores for Illinois State University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Illinois State University  ( 21 to 26 )

Can I Afford Illinois State University?

$30,078 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
4.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Illinois State is $30,078. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

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 4.4%. 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.

Illinois State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,666 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,987 undergraduate students at Illinois State, with 16,666 being full-time and 1,321 being part-time.


There are also 2,733 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,666 full-time undergraduates at Illinois State, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Illinois State University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 403
Black or African American 1,623
Hispanic or Latino 1,988
White 11,877
International Students 121
Other Races/Ethnicities 654

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Illinois State University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 72 countries are represented at Illinois State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Panama, and China.

Online Learning at Illinois State University

14,568 Took All Classes Online
19,814 Took At Least One Class Online
598.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 19,814 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Illinois State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 13th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Illinois State

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Illinois State University was $12,004 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $16,354. The following table shows how Illinois State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing #52 #22

Online Growth Rankings of Illinois State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Illinois State University was 598.7%. This is the #69 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Illinois State regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Illinois State University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0
Nursing Practice 0
Nursing Science 0
Registered Nursing 0
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 0


*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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