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Located in Normal, Illinois, Illinois State University is a public institution. Normal is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

671 Undergraduate Degrees
230 Graduate Degrees
$28,960 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
89% Acceptance Rate

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Illinois State University Rankings

Illinois State is ranked #48 out of 545 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #3 out of 23 schools in Illinois.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Illinois State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#35 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Illinois State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#9 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Illinois State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Special Education College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#17 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#26 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#35 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#291 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Illinois State University?

Location of Illinois State University

Contact details for Illinois State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: North And School Streets, Normal, IL 61790-1000
Phone: 309-438-2111

How Do I Get Into Illinois State?

You can apply to Illinois State online at:

Admission Requirements for Illinois State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Illinois State?

89% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Since Illinois State has an acceptance rate of 89%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to Illinois State submitted their SAT scores.Illinois State received ACT scores from 98% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Illinois State University  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Illinois State University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Illinois State University  ( 21 to 26 )

Can I Afford Illinois State University?

$28,960 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
3.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Illinois State is $28,960. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Illinois State, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $7,729 a year. That adds up to $30,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Illinois State is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Illinois State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,917 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,107 undergraduate students at Illinois State, with 16,917 being full-time and 1,190 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Illinois State

There are also 2,528 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,917 full-time undergraduates at Illinois State, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Illinois State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Illinois State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Illinois State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 356
Black or African American 1,568
Hispanic or Latino 1,901
White 12,360
International Students 115
Other Races/Ethnicities 617

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Illinois State University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 72 countries are represented at Illinois State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Panama, and China.

Online Learning at Illinois State University

507 Took All Classes Online
4,402 Took At Least One Class Online
22.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Illinois State. In 2017-2018, 4,402 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Illinois State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 9th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Illinois State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Illinois State University was 22.2%. This is the #546 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Illinois State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Illinois State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Curriculum & Instruction 46%
Curriculum & Instruction 46%
Music Education 23%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Illinois State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Illinois State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Chemistry Education #2
Music Education #8
Curriculum & Instruction #28
Curriculum & Instruction #28
Teacher Education Subject Specific #46

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Illinois State University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Elementary Education 210 0 0 0 210
General Special Education 152 0 24 6 182
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 100 0 0 0 100
Early Childhood Education 86 0 0 0 86
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 64 12 76
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 42 0 0 0 42
Music Education 27 0 8 0 35
Health Education 32 0 0 0 32
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 13 11 24
College Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 0 21 0 21
Biology Education 12 0 0 0 12
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 0 9 0 0 9
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 9 0 9
Other Special Education & Teaching 0 8 0 0 8
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 0 8 0 0 8
Chemistry Education 0 0 8 0 8
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 0 7 0 0 7
Technology Education 7 0 0 0 7
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 0 6 0 0 6
Administration of Special Education 0 5 0 0 5
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 0 5 0 0 5
Business Education 3 0 0 0 3
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 3 0 0 3
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0 2 0 0 2
Mathematics Education 0 0 0 1 1
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 0 0 0 0 0
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 0 0 0 0 0
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Education of the Deaf 0 0 0 0 0
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs 0 0 0 0 0
Modern Language Education 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 671 53 147 30 901


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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