Illinois State University

2,486 reviews
  1. Normal, IL
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Illinois State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
North and School Streets
Normal, IL 61790

Illinois State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
22-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$16,337/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,958/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,432/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,923/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,165/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,993/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.165 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.157 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.157 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,040Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 108 responses
Report
  • Hardworking but fun
    37%
  • Average
    17%
  • Chill
    12%
  • Sociable
    10%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Hangover
    5%
  • Bro
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.202 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.241 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 116 responses
Report
  • Big school, with a small school feel
    41%
  • Friendly and comfortable
    40%
  • Wannabe Party with brutal cops
    6%
  • Public and easy to get into. Drug/Party mania.
    5%
  • Friendly and comfortable, but small
    3%
  • Easy to get in, hard to stay in.
    3%
  • Brutal cops. Small with a big feel. Challenging.
    2%

After Illinois State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.113 responses

Reviews

2,486 reviews
  • Excellent
    308
  • Very Good
    1008
  • Average
    932
  • Poor
    170
  • Terrible
    68
My experience at Illinois state university is something I will never forget for many different reasons. Illinois state university is located in normal il but it's anything but normal. Illinois state university will forever have a place in my life. Illinois state university has something for every single person. Illinois state university is huge on diversity and offers something for everyone! It's important for everyone to feel like they have a place. The campus is amazing and it's very clean! It's a great environment to come to everyday. The local area around Illinois state university is great, lots of shopping and good places to eat and lots of local places to get part time jobs. Illinois state university has so much to offer!
  • Junior
  • 3 months ago
I am not a student athlete, but I am still involved with the athletics at ISU. I feel like most sports here still get students involved to help support our redbird family. Team performance is always good, we're a D1 school, even if we lose, we still do amazing! Fan support is amazing, it is so nice to see alumni come back and support sporting events. The student section at basketball games and football games is so much fun to be apart of, it really gets students involved and feel as if they are apart of something. Our school spirit is great, all I see when I walk to class is red, everywhere! I am always telling people how great ISU is and that they should come visit or even apply here. Athletics don't just have to be about who's on camera, there are plenty of intramural sports that so many students take part in. They, too, have very nice facilities to use like Horton Field House, the recreational center, etc.
  • College Freshman
  • 9 months ago
It's very expensive and, as a vegetarian who enjoys eating healthy meals including fresh vegetables and fruits, the dining options are extremely poor. For example, there is a sign that says "only 2 pieces of fruit per student" near the pitiful little fruit stand. I often eat many, many more than that in one sitting--fruit salad for breakfast or a part of lunch/dinner is amazing! Fruits and veggies are the main part of my diet, and there are not many options to choose from at all. This is unfortunate; during the summer (away from the dining center), I eat only salad for dinner and it's absolutely delicious--that's why I can eat it for months on end without tiring of it. This would be an easy option for vegetarians stuck in the precarious situation of dining centers, but the salad bar is severely lacking. It often uses slots that should be used for veggies for cheeses, leftover meats, pasta salads, and other items that are definitely not going in my salad! In fact, only a handful of veggies are even offered...the ones that are available every day? Lettuce and tomatoes. <-----I can't go about my busy college day eating that!
  • College Sophomore
  • July 14 2014