Illinois State University

Illinois State University

Founded in 1857, Illinois State University is a public university located in Normal, Illinois. It is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state. It was originally formed as a teachers college and later grew to become a university offering a range of programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.

ISU is recognized by the US News rankings as a "National University" which grants a variety of doctoral degrees and strongly emphasizes research. It comprises six colleges:

  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Mennonite College of Nursing

ISU's athletic teams are nicknamed Redbirds. They are members of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The university owns a public radio station, WGLT, and two newspapers - The Daily Vidette and The Indy.

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Contacting Illinois State

Illinois State University
North and School Streets
Normal , IL 61790-1000
General Phone: (309) 438-2111

Illinois State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching1,041curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed administration, secondary school administration, superintendency and administration, educational admin and supervision, instructional media design, special ed, college student counseling, ...
Business and Management807business management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, management science, marketing, insurance
Liberal Arts800foreign language and literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, English composition, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, anthropology, ...
Media285communication studies, mass communication, journalism, public relations
Science235biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics
Family and Social Work229family and consumer science, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy217parks and recreation management, health and physical education, exercise science, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counseling173psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology
Security and Law Enforcement168criminal justice and safety
Engineering Technician157industrial tech
Computer Science and Engineering124information technology, computer science, computer networking
Nursing and Emergency Medicine121registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Medical Support and Technology100audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Drama and Performing Arts88drama, various performing arts
Art Studies87art studies
Agricultural Science and Management81agriculture, agricultural operations
Medical Administration49medical records admin, environmental health, occupational health
Music49music, music performance
Fine Arts15fine arts
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Illinois State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,18666
Master's degree66340
Postbaccalaureate certificate82
Doctor's degree567
Post-master's certificate267

Illinois State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Illinois State had a total enrollment of 20,274 students (18,555 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 30%
20-21 35%
22-24 19%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Illinois State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 60 %

Illinois State Room and Board (2007)

Illinois State offers campus housing for 6,192 of its 18,555 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Normal, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Illinois State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal2126
ACT Math2126
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Illinois State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,814
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,444
Room and board $ 7,458
Room charge $ 3,740
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,718
Books and supplies $ 933
Other expenses $ 3,222

Financial Aid:
Illinois State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 169200)

Illinois State Faculty

Illinois State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track98114
Non-tenured and not on tenure track51114

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year20$132,9585$120,516
Associate professorcalendar year5$104,0764$98,409
All faculty totalcalendar year25$127,1829$110,691

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year154$87,28154$81,220
Associate professoracademic year128$68,503110$64,214
Assistant professoracademic year98$66,201116$58,153
No academic rankacademic year38$37,299102$38,762
All faculty totalacademic year418$72,045382$57,981

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Illinois State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Missouri Valley Conference
Basketball Missouri Valley Conference
Baseball Missouri Valley Conference
Track Missouri Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports18114132

Illinois State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Administration of Special Education
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education


Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Illinois State Apart:

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Number of students
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 14%Illinois State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Illinois State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Illinois State % of degrees in mathematics
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Illinois State % of degrees in drama and performing arts
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 17%Illinois State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Illinois State % of degrees in art studies

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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