Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

#487 National Colleges

81.94% Admission Rate
Least Selective

18,199 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential
Illinois State University (ISU) is a public research university in Normal, Illinois. Founded in 1857 as Illinois State Normal University, it is the oldest public university in Illinois. The university emphasizes teaching and is recognized as one of the top ten largest producers of teachers in the US according to the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".The university's athletic teams are members of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Missouri Valley Football Conference and are known as the "Redbirds," in reference to the state bird, the cardinal.

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Normal, Illinois

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Suburb: Midsize (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 23.3%
Education 13.8%
Health Professions And Related Programs 9.4%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 7.0%
Social Sciences 4.7%
Visual And Performing Arts 4.4%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 4.2%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 4.2%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 3.4%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3.3%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 3.2%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3.2%
Psychology 2.9%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 2.5%
English Language And Literature/Letters 2.2%
History 2.0%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 1.3%
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields 1.3%
Physical Sciences 1.3%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.3%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.5%
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services 0.3%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%
Legal Professions And Studies 0.3%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1132 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 610 560 510
Verbal 610 560 510

ACT Scores

23 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 26 22 18
English 26 23 20