Illinois State University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Illinois


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.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Business Administration, Elementary Education, English, Finance, History, Management, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Special Education, Technology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 20799
Total Grad Students: 2485
Undergraduate Students: 18314
Faculty: 859

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 24:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1

Percent Male: 44%
Percent Female: 56%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 42%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

North And School St
Normal Illinois 61790


Main Email:

Main Phone: 309-438-2111

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Kris Harding
Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment and Communication, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Rachel Smith
Admissions Counselor, Office of Admissions
309.438.5745 [ ]

International Admissions Contact:
Momar Ndiaye
Director of International Studies , Office of International Studies

Athletics Contact:
Sheahon Zenger
Director of Athletics, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Of those transfer students admitted for the 2009-2010 academic year, the average grade point average was a 3.1 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Illinois State awards transfer credit only for grades of D or better. Some departments and schools require grades of C or better.

Credits (Min/Max):
A max 0f 70 semester hours from a 2-year, and a max 90 from a 4-year are accepted. You must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours at Illinois State to receive your bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Illinois State also considers your official ACT/SAT scores if you have fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Illinois State does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
You are required to answer an essay with your application.

Application Fee:
You are required to submit a $40 nonrefundable application fee. An applicant denied admission, or one who fails to submit all necessary information for an admission decision, will not be refunded the fee.

Other Requirements:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 22 26
English 22 27
Math 21 26
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 3680

Transfers Accepted: 3064

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 83%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 71%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 12%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2009


Books: 1074

Other Expenses: 2820

Room and Board: 9090

Tuition and Fees: 18792

Total Cost: 31776

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 11832

Total Cost – In-State: 24816

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
To be considered for federal, state, and institutional need-based programs, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a need-analysis form. For full consideration, the FAFSA should be submitted to the processor by Illinois State

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6299

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 74%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 38%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 61%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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