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Illinois State University (ISU) is comprehensive public university located in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. It is in central Illinois, roughly 135 miles southwest of Chicago, and 165 miles northeast of St. Louis.

One of 12 public universities in Illinois, the academic departments of Illinois State University offer more than 160 majors and minors at the undergraduate level, and more than 40 master's, doctoral and specialist programs. The faculty members are recognized as scholars and experts in their fields and have been recognized at national and international levels.

The university's Milner Library contains more than three million holdings and special collections. Illinois State University's College of Applied Science and Technology is home to the oldest collegiate circus in the United States - the Gamma Phi Circus.

History

The University was founded in 1857 as Illinois State Normal University, the first public institution of higher education in the state. It was established as a teacher education institution, but over the years developed into a comprehensive university with degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Academics

The academic calendar for Illinois State University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. There is also a May Interim session, which is shorter than the traditional semester.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business, Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Mennonite College of Nursing
  • The Graduate School 

Student Life

Students at Illinois State University are encouraged to become involved in campus experiences beyond the classroom. There are more than 300 student organizations available on campus, as well as student activities such as cheering on the Redbirds athletics teams, choosing to take an "Alternative Spring Break," or getting involved in student government.

Student resources include intramural athletics and campus recreation, student center events, career events, civic engagement projects, College of Fine Arts events, wellness programs, and more.  Recent student events on the Illinois State University campus have included a resume critique walk-in, a shopping trip to the Woodfield Mall and IKEA, Music for the Holidays and A Night of One Acts.

Traditions

The traditional colors for Illinois State University are red, white and gold.  The nickname for the school's athletic teams was originally the "Teachers," but in 1923 was changed to the "Redbirds" to complement the school colors. The school wanted to name their teams the "Cardinals," but wanted to avoid confusion with the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team.

There is a tradition at home games for student-athletes to touch the "Battle Bird," a sculpture of the "Redbird."

Athletics

The Illinois State "Redbirds" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Illinois State University is very active in hosting and co-sponsoring civic and political events on and off campus.  The Campus Communications Liaison is available to assist students and faculty with increasing opportunities for becoming engaged with the community.

Community Engaged Campus (CEC) is a relatively new initiative at Illinois State University to advance civic engagement as a core value on campus. In an effort to impact student education through a curriculum-based service learning and civic engagement program, the CEC program seeks to (1) facilitate an excellent working partnership between ISU's campus and the community and (2) ensure that Illinois State University students understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy. The program works toward its goals by encouraging and supporting curricular activities that engage students in projects addressing human and community needs. The program is designed to help ISU faculty identify community agencies and organizations that have projects suitable for student involvement.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants ISU accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into Illinois State University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English22 - 27
ACT ® Math21 - 26
ACT ® Composite Score22 - 26

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into ISU

The chances of getting into ISU can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants13,156
Granted Admissions9,339 (71%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled3,321 (36%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Illinois State University is around 21,000 students. The student body is made up of 87% undergraduate students and 13% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $40 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $9,300-$11,000
    • Out-of-State: $16,000-$19,250
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $300-$360 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $490-$580 per unit
  • Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid72%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships36%$10,510
Receiving Student Loans59%$6,404

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Illinois State University may provide services to students like:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

Illinois State University has a very high graduation rate when compared to other similar schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years44%
Graduating in 5 Years24%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Illinois State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Basketball (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Track and Field (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Football (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Education

  • Elementary Education (B)
  • Special Education (B, D, M)
  • Middle School Education (B)
  • Kindergarten and Preschool Education (B)
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (D, M)
  • Music Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Health Teacher Education (B)
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services (M)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (D, M)
  • Reading Teacher Education (M)
  • Business Teacher Education (B)
  • Technology Teacher Education Teacher Education (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (D)
  • Secondary School Administration (C)
  • Social Studies Teacher Education (B)
  • Administration of Special Education (C)
  • Superintendency and Educational System Administration (C)
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design
  • Educational Administration

Business and Marketing Studies

Security and Protective Services

English Language and Literature

  • English (B, D, M)
  • Writing, General (C, M)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences (B, M)

History

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Psychology

Health and Clinical Professions

Engineering Technology

  • Industrial Technology (B, M)
  • Energy Management and Systems Technology (B)

Social Sciences

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (B, M)
  • Drama (B, M)
  • Music (B, M)
  • Visual and Performing Arts (B, M)
  • Music Performance (B)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B, M)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Agriculture Operations

Communications and Journalism

Mathematics and Statistics

Public Administration and Social Services

Computer and Information Sciences

Physical Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures (B, M)
  • German Language and Literature (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Library Science

  • Library Science, Librarianship (C)

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