Illinois State University

2,496 reviews
  1. Normal, IL
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    C
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
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 ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.103 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.99 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.99 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 53 responses
Report
  • Hardworking but fun
    26%
  • Average
    21%
  • Chill
    19%
  • Bro
    8%
  • Hardworking
    8%
  • Sociable
    8%
  • Unique
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.151 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.190 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Friendly and comfortable
    42%
  • Big school, with a small school feel
    38%
  • Wannabe Party with brutal cops
    10%
  • Public and easy to get into. Drug/Party mania.
    8%
  • Self absorbed professors
    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%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses

Reviews

2,496 reviews
  • Excellent
    298
  • Very Good
    990
  • Average
    927
  • Poor
    169
  • 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
  • 16 days ago
Illinois State University isn't just a university to me. It's my second home. The way you can get involved and meet new friends and people is truly an amazing and eye-opening experience. The teachers aren't just teachers, they are your motivators, mentors, and companions. At Illinois State University, everyone isn't just a student or a faculty member, but they are your team member to help you reach your life goals and exceed your own expectations.
  • Sophomore
  • 16 days ago
The moment I stepped foot on ISU, I knew it was my new home for the next four years. The overall atmosphere made me feel very welcomed and made me super excited to start college. When I went to my freshman orientation, all of the students answered my questions and eased my anxious mind. I would recommend Illinois State University to anyone.
  • Freshman
  • 16 days ago