Illinois State University

Illinois State University, located in IL, was ranked #149 out of 310 ranked universities in the US in 2016.

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illinoisstate.edu/ Normal IL 61790-1000 (309) 438-2111
Undergrad Students
17,749
Total Students
20,272
Acceptance Rate
69%
Study Materials
1,360
Reviews
216
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Admissions

How hard is it to get into Illinois State University?

Acceptance Rate

73%

In the 2013 school year, 15,298 applicants applied to Illinois State University. Out of which 11,302 of the applicants were admitted and 841,390 enrolled.

Enrollment

How many students go to Illinois State University?

Total Enrollment


20,272



The enrollment breakdown at Illinois State University includes 8,413 Freshmen which make up 41% of the student body. There are 17,749 undergraduate students, which count for 87% and 2,523 graduate students who make up the remaining 12%.

Academics

What percentage of students graduate from Illinois State University?

4 Year Graduation Rate

72%

At Illinois State University, 72% of the students graduate or transfer.

School Reviews (50)


Internet

Rated 3.5/5

Campus

Rated 4.5/5

Library

Rated 4.3/5

Happiness

Rated 4.4/5

Clubs

Rated 4.1/5

Location

Rated 4.5/5

Social

Rated 4.1/5

Food

Rated 3.8/5

Opportunities

Rated 4.1/5

Safety

Rated 0.5/5

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU is an absolutely awesome school. Elite athletic teams and facilities, opportunities through RSO's, beautiful campus, various places to eat, the list goes on. The university is always striving to get students involved and provide things to do. BloNo is a perfect college town and you don't need a car if you live close to campus. ISU is the place to be! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    ISU is a good school, but the dorm food sucks and the internet is splotchy. Otherwise, in all other categories, ISU is a good school, but it's not a great one. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Lots of great professors, and few terrible ones. I transferred here for the highly distinguished Special Education program. This school has great education, business, and nursing programs. Some of he teachers are bad, some are fantastic. The campus is BEAUTIFUL! The location is central Illinois, so expect nothing more. There are so many resident student organizations. Library is great Perfect size and very helpful teachers ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I should start by saying I went to U of Iowa for a semester so if you're looking at ISU and other bigger schools then my review compares them fairly well. Academic counselors are crappy. I never found a job with my degree. Sometimes all you ever feel like is a number and not like you are important. However, I met some amazing people that will be friends for life. Bar/club life is amazing. The strong points are its clubs, social atmosphere and great professors. But the food in the two dining centers is average at best most of the time and the Wi-Fi is quite weak, I would say ISU is a good average school. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great school with many great professors. If not, keep on looking. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    If you're going for Education or Business, I think this school is a great choice. You may feel like a mindless sheep going here herded in with the rest. ISU doesn't care about you. They'll tack you with fines every time you step on a crack in the sidewalk. There are some really great staff-members and I've met good people here but overall it sucks. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I enjoy ISU. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Very sketchy area. It's a party school. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Great campus with excellent professors who do what they need to do to get you graduated and find a job. It's not as diverse here as you would think, but it's still okay. A lot of the classes here are awesome. I like Tri better than Watterson and HewettManchester, but a lot of people prefer one of the other ones. Just come and visit to see if you will actually like it here. :) The cops are annoying and rude and out to get the students but theres still a lot going on. It's a large school but all the classes are located in one place and campus is pretty compact so it feels smaller. Overall it's a great school ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Public transport is great, Bloomington has things to do & so does Normal! The school has a beautiful campus, great clubs, events, and so much activity within my department (agriculture). Greatest decision I've ever made for myself! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    The area surrounding ISU is super nice and friendly. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Women are gorgeous. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Overall, ISU is an amazing school!! Some of the dorms are 10 times better than other schools. Always enjoy the food compared to my friend's schools. I like how everything works here and the only things that bug me are some of the rude meathead guys and cliche girls. Most people are very nice and always say sorry when they bump into youalways hold the door ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Wouldn't want to go anywhere else! Campus is gorgeous. Teachers are A1 and will go out of there way for you (at least most of them). Cops suck. Campus food is decent but beyond campus there are endless amounts of resturaints/fast food. Bars are okay. Go downtown. and darty. haha i love it here 9/10 would recommend. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I am so happy I transferred here. I love my school a lot and am really glad I made the decision to go here. Every one I ask who went to ISU say their experience was great and loved the school just as much as me I love it ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I'm so happy at this school, it was my top choice and I could never transfer. Good sized campus with small school feel! Everything is in walking distance, but there is a bus system that drives out to the mall and stores. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Wouldn't go anywhere else. How the heck does the university think that is okay when I am trying to help the university to punish me? ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I love ISU and have met great people. The fitness center is brand new and is great to work out in. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    If anyone tells you ISU is a party school, they're lying. These have been the dullest four years of my life, even though I have made some great friends. The quality of education has been lacking and the job opportunities brought by the name of the school are not good. This is more of a glorified community college. The faculty is greatly lacking in teaching as well. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    If you live to party, Illinois State is not for you unless you're an expert at drunkenly dodging campus police. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    If you live to party, Illinois State University isn't for you unless you're an expert at drunkenly dodging campus police. It's not a flashy campus or a fun filled greek community. It's just a college that has all that it needs and what someone would want. Food's okay, area is pretty cute, bus service works. All that jazz. Otherwise, be prepared to pay out the nose for underage drinking tickets. In all other categories, ISU is a good school, but it's not a great one. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU is a big school but in a smaller setting! So much support from the staff and I've made some life long friends here. I love isu coming here was hands down the best decision I've ever made not only for my academics, but for myself as well. Highly recommend giving ISU a visit if it's not on your list of schools. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Great school in a good area. Its very easy to make friends and have a fun time while still being able to focus on work and study. You get the feel that youre at a large university, but youre able to make close-knit relationships. Become a Redbird and find out more! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    DON'T GO HERE! Best college by far! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Lived here locally growing up so I transferred in to ISU after finishing and graduating from Heartland. Its like almost any other college around ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I love ISU. Its a great atmosphere and is such a pretty campus. It is not too big and its not too small. It is the perfect fit ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great school with supportive staff. Not my top choice initially, but I'm glad I'm here. Reggienet is absolutely terrible, but sometimes that means your homework deadlines get extended, so it's not all bad. All professors really care about your education. The atmosphere is friendly. Overall fantastic public university. GO REDBIDS!!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Wonderful staff and students. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Meh. Also, I feel like my future isn't taken as seriously as some of the staff's salary. Lots of crime and sexual assault. Not all it is made out to be. Really nothing to do besides party, go to the bars, and bowl. Very strict on drinking. Not good food, have to wait in like 20 minute lines at Watty. Not nearly big enough for all of the people here. Only social stuff during welcome week, otherwise it's boring. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I really like ISU! This is what I dreamed college would be. I get a great education and a great night life. Just learning how to balance the two! I love it here. GO REDBIRDS! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I love ISU. From sports to clubs to classes, it's everything you would want So much fun here!! Educational based University so Prof. main focus is your education not research! And it is a great fit school for lots of people with different personalities and backgrounds! GO REDBIRDS!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I absolutely love ISU! Sports aren't that important, but its definitely the place to be ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Lots of opportunities. Love the university. There are a lot of opportunities there if you care enough to seek them out. Will be sad to graduate. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I miss Normal and ISU. I like the number of restaurants. There are tons of clubs and a lot of socializing opportunities, you will have options to be involved no matter what your interests are. Academically, more challenging than you might expect from a state school, but lots of help is offered. You will definitely get your money's worth overall at ISU. Go state schools! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Freshman here and it is by far the best choice I've made in my life. Best decision I have ever made! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I am so thankful for ISU. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great school overall. Great size & great group of people. It's affordable, and there's no shame in going to a state school - especially if you're continuing on to grad or law school. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU was one of the most fulfilling and awarding experiences I have ever had. The quad is beautiful, students and teachers are very friendly, and the athletic facilities are all brand new. Bloomington-Normal is very nice town with a lot to do. The night life here is great, between the bars in uptown and downtown and the parties on campus. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    It's a great school the professors are all really nice. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Best decision I've ever made was coming to ISU! I'm a graphic design major and even though the technology is good and up to date, the Center for Visual Arts is falling apart. Roaches and yellow water, we got a new stadium but not a penny spent on our decrepit building. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I absolutely love ISU. Advisors at University College are amazing, and help you with anything. Greek life is not like other big universities, it seems like the system is out to get them here. Lots of drinking tickets are handed out here. I've loved my experience here at ISU, and we're only growing! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU is a chill college! I have struggled in some classes but the advisors and some professors are very helpful! If you go to them for help you will succeed. Also join clubs and if you want join a sorority it a frat because you can make a lot of friends that's way!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    A lot of opportunity for businesses (state farm, country, etc.) The business school is really good. I have met many people that will probably be life long friends. The majority of the faculty was nice and genuinely wanted to help you learn. Campus dining left something to be desired and the spoiled suburb kids who think they are entitled because their family is rich can get tiresome. It's small enough to be convient and large enough to give you that university feel. The grounds are gorgeous and roomy. There is always something to do and clubs like the Indy-pende service dog organization( formerly ISU service dogs) are amazing. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Nice Campus and very popular so the easy to make friends and network! Everything is close by. Friendly people. It was even better than my other college that I transferred from. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU was the best decision of my life. I'm on the track team here actually so I probably know more people than most, but even then, everyone's so friendly! The size is perfect, not to far to get to any of the halls, even the farthest hall is, at most, a 15 min walk. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    As a first semester freshmen, I am overwhelmed by how much I truly enjoy Illinois State University! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I absolutely love this place. I am so happy to attend such a great school ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    ISU has everything going on. The quad is beautiful. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    There isn't any other place I'd rather be. The professors and staff are willing to go the extra mile with you and are chill. Its a large school, yet not overwhelming. All of the professors here are very helpful and will do anything for you to make sure you get the grade you need. I havent had one bad experience here. Wish I wasnt graduating so soon ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great school for Education, Business, and Nursing. There are a ton of great, local restaurants as well. I love it here! ...Continue reading

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  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU is an absolutely awesome school. Elite athletic teams and facilities, opportunities through RSO's, beautiful campus, various places to eat, the list goes on. The university is always striving to get students involved and provide things to do. BloNo is a perfect college town and you don't need a car if you live close to campus. ISU is the place to be! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    ISU is a good school, but the dorm food sucks and the internet is splotchy. Otherwise, in all other categories, ISU is a good school, but it's not a great one. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Lots of great professors, and few terrible ones. I transferred here for the highly distinguished Special Education program. This school has great education, business, and nursing programs. Some of he teachers are bad, some are fantastic. The campus is BEAUTIFUL! The location is central Illinois, so expect nothing more. There are so many resident student organizations. Library is great Perfect size and very helpful teachers ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    I should start by saying I went to U of Iowa for a semester so if you're looking at ISU and other bigger schools then my review compares them fairly well. Academic counselors are crappy. I never found a job with my degree. Sometimes all you ever feel like is a number and not like you are important. However, I met some amazing people that will be friends for life. Bar/club life is amazing. The strong points are its clubs, social atmosphere and great professors. But the food in the two dining centers is average at best most of the time and the Wi-Fi is quite weak, I would say ISU is a good average school. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great school with many great professors. If not, keep on looking. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    If you're going for Education or Business, I think this school is a great choice. You may feel like a mindless sheep going here herded in with the rest. ISU doesn't care about you. They'll tack you with fines every time you step on a crack in the sidewalk. There are some really great staff-members and I've met good people here but overall it sucks. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I enjoy ISU. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Very sketchy area. It's a party school. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Great campus with excellent professors who do what they need to do to get you graduated and find a job. It's not as diverse here as you would think, but it's still okay. A lot of the classes here are awesome. I like Tri better than Watterson and HewettManchester, but a lot of people prefer one of the other ones. Just come and visit to see if you will actually like it here. :) The cops are annoying and rude and out to get the students but theres still a lot going on. It's a large school but all the classes are located in one place and campus is pretty compact so it feels smaller. Overall it's a great school ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Public transport is great, Bloomington has things to do & so does Normal! The school has a beautiful campus, great clubs, events, and so much activity within my department (agriculture). Greatest decision I've ever made for myself! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    The area surrounding ISU is super nice and friendly. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Women are gorgeous. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Overall, ISU is an amazing school!! Some of the dorms are 10 times better than other schools. Always enjoy the food compared to my friend's schools. I like how everything works here and the only things that bug me are some of the rude meathead guys and cliche girls. Most people are very nice and always say sorry when they bump into youalways hold the door ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Wouldn't want to go anywhere else! Campus is gorgeous. Teachers are A1 and will go out of there way for you (at least most of them). Cops suck. Campus food is decent but beyond campus there are endless amounts of resturaints/fast food. Bars are okay. Go downtown. and darty. haha i love it here 9/10 would recommend. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I am so happy I transferred here. I love my school a lot and am really glad I made the decision to go here. Every one I ask who went to ISU say their experience was great and loved the school just as much as me I love it ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I'm so happy at this school, it was my top choice and I could never transfer. Good sized campus with small school feel! Everything is in walking distance, but there is a bus system that drives out to the mall and stores. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Wouldn't go anywhere else. How the heck does the university think that is okay when I am trying to help the university to punish me? ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I love ISU and have met great people. The fitness center is brand new and is great to work out in. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    If anyone tells you ISU is a party school, they're lying. These have been the dullest four years of my life, even though I have made some great friends. The quality of education has been lacking and the job opportunities brought by the name of the school are not good. This is more of a glorified community college. The faculty is greatly lacking in teaching as well. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    If you live to party, Illinois State is not for you unless you're an expert at drunkenly dodging campus police. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    If you live to party, Illinois State University isn't for you unless you're an expert at drunkenly dodging campus police. It's not a flashy campus or a fun filled greek community. It's just a college that has all that it needs and what someone would want. Food's okay, area is pretty cute, bus service works. All that jazz. Otherwise, be prepared to pay out the nose for underage drinking tickets. In all other categories, ISU is a good school, but it's not a great one. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU is a big school but in a smaller setting! So much support from the staff and I've made some life long friends here. I love isu coming here was hands down the best decision I've ever made not only for my academics, but for myself as well. Highly recommend giving ISU a visit if it's not on your list of schools. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Great school in a good area. Its very easy to make friends and have a fun time while still being able to focus on work and study. You get the feel that youre at a large university, but youre able to make close-knit relationships. Become a Redbird and find out more! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    DON'T GO HERE! Best college by far! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Lived here locally growing up so I transferred in to ISU after finishing and graduating from Heartland. Its like almost any other college around ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I love ISU. Its a great atmosphere and is such a pretty campus. It is not too big and its not too small. It is the perfect fit ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great school with supportive staff. Not my top choice initially, but I'm glad I'm here. Reggienet is absolutely terrible, but sometimes that means your homework deadlines get extended, so it's not all bad. All professors really care about your education. The atmosphere is friendly. Overall fantastic public university. GO REDBIDS!!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Wonderful staff and students. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 2/5
    Meh. Also, I feel like my future isn't taken as seriously as some of the staff's salary. Lots of crime and sexual assault. Not all it is made out to be. Really nothing to do besides party, go to the bars, and bowl. Very strict on drinking. Not good food, have to wait in like 20 minute lines at Watty. Not nearly big enough for all of the people here. Only social stuff during welcome week, otherwise it's boring. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I really like ISU! This is what I dreamed college would be. I get a great education and a great night life. Just learning how to balance the two! I love it here. GO REDBIRDS! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I love ISU. From sports to clubs to classes, it's everything you would want So much fun here!! Educational based University so Prof. main focus is your education not research! And it is a great fit school for lots of people with different personalities and backgrounds! GO REDBIRDS!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I absolutely love ISU! Sports aren't that important, but its definitely the place to be ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Lots of opportunities. Love the university. There are a lot of opportunities there if you care enough to seek them out. Will be sad to graduate. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I miss Normal and ISU. I like the number of restaurants. There are tons of clubs and a lot of socializing opportunities, you will have options to be involved no matter what your interests are. Academically, more challenging than you might expect from a state school, but lots of help is offered. You will definitely get your money's worth overall at ISU. Go state schools! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    Freshman here and it is by far the best choice I've made in my life. Best decision I have ever made! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    I am so thankful for ISU. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great school overall. Great size & great group of people. It's affordable, and there's no shame in going to a state school - especially if you're continuing on to grad or law school. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU was one of the most fulfilling and awarding experiences I have ever had. The quad is beautiful, students and teachers are very friendly, and the athletic facilities are all brand new. Bloomington-Normal is very nice town with a lot to do. The night life here is great, between the bars in uptown and downtown and the parties on campus. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    It's a great school the professors are all really nice. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Best decision I've ever made was coming to ISU! I'm a graphic design major and even though the technology is good and up to date, the Center for Visual Arts is falling apart. Roaches and yellow water, we got a new stadium but not a penny spent on our decrepit building. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I absolutely love ISU. Advisors at University College are amazing, and help you with anything. Greek life is not like other big universities, it seems like the system is out to get them here. Lots of drinking tickets are handed out here. I've loved my experience here at ISU, and we're only growing! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU is a chill college! I have struggled in some classes but the advisors and some professors are very helpful! If you go to them for help you will succeed. Also join clubs and if you want join a sorority it a frat because you can make a lot of friends that's way!! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    A lot of opportunity for businesses (state farm, country, etc.) The business school is really good. I have met many people that will probably be life long friends. The majority of the faculty was nice and genuinely wanted to help you learn. Campus dining left something to be desired and the spoiled suburb kids who think they are entitled because their family is rich can get tiresome. It's small enough to be convient and large enough to give you that university feel. The grounds are gorgeous and roomy. There is always something to do and clubs like the Indy-pende service dog organization( formerly ISU service dogs) are amazing. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Nice Campus and very popular so the easy to make friends and network! Everything is close by. Friendly people. It was even better than my other college that I transferred from. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    ISU was the best decision of my life. I'm on the track team here actually so I probably know more people than most, but even then, everyone's so friendly! The size is perfect, not to far to get to any of the halls, even the farthest hall is, at most, a 15 min walk. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    As a first semester freshmen, I am overwhelmed by how much I truly enjoy Illinois State University! ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 4/5
    I absolutely love this place. I am so happy to attend such a great school ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    ISU has everything going on. The quad is beautiful. ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    There isn't any other place I'd rather be. The professors and staff are willing to go the extra mile with you and are chill. Its a large school, yet not overwhelming. All of the professors here are very helpful and will do anything for you to make sure you get the grade you need. I havent had one bad experience here. Wish I wasnt graduating so soon ...Continue reading

  • Overall school rating 3/5
    Great school for Education, Business, and Nursing. There are a ton of great, local restaurants as well. I love it here! ...Continue reading


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