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Illinois State University’s Points of Pride begin with our people—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters—and extend to our nationally recognized programs and beautiful campus.
Illinois State was named a Great College to Work For in 2016 by the Chronicle of Higher Education—the only four-year public university in Illinois on the list.
Our accomplished alumni include an Emmy-winning actor, a member of Congress, the CEOs of major companies, and Illinois Teacher of the Year nominees, among others.
Illinois State awarded and distributed more than $257 million in financial aid for the 2014‒2015 academic year, including $96 million in grants and scholarships, to nearly 17,000 students.
Illinois State is home to the Gamma Phi Circus, the oldest collegiate circus in the United States. The circus performs its Spring Shows each year at Redbird Arena.
Illinois State was selected for Phi Theta Kappa’s inaugural Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll for the University's exemplary support of transfer students.

President Dietz’s
Metrics of Excellence

Top 100 Public University

bell icon Illinois State made U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings of America's best public national universities, at No. 78, based on academic quality and excellence.

Top 10% Graduation Rate

graduate icon Our students complete their degrees on time. Our high graduation rate (73.4 percent) ranks us among the top 10 percent of all U.S. universities.

Record-Breaking Freshman Class

foam finger icon Illinois State remains a first-choice institution. For the third consecutive year, we set a record for freshman enrollment, while maintaining academic quality and small class sizes.

Diverse Campus

world icon Illinois State provides accessible opportunity and increasingly reflects the nation’s changing demographics. This year about one-fifth of our freshman class comes from underrepresented groups, with a 10-percent increase in African-American students and a 9-percent increase in Latino/a students.

High Freshman Retention Rate

books icon Illinois State helps freshmen make the leap to college. Our first-year transition programs raised our retention rate to 81.1 percent, placing us in the top 10 percent in the nation.

Bang for the Buck

money icon Illinois State was ranked by College Factual as the 22nd Best College for the Money out of 1,200 schools across the country.

Record Fundraising

money chart icon Illinois State recorded the second largest fundraising total in the institution's history, raising more than $19 million for the third straight year.

High Student Loan Repayment Rate

dollar sign icon Illinois State alumni go on to successful careers, shown in the very low student loan default rate of our graduates (2.8 percent) compared with the national average (11.8 percent).

Military Friendly School

military medal icon Illinois State supports veterans and those in the military. We are included in Victory Media's Military Friendly Schools list, and we're ranked among the country's best universities for veterans by Military Advanced Education & Transition and College Factual.

Top College Town

ISU banner icon Bloomington-Normal regularly ranks as one of the top 50 college towns in America based on its quality of life and professional opportunities for students. It also ranks as a top 5 destination among smaller communities in the U.S. for recent college grads.

Great Place to Work

briefcase icon Illinois State was named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education the only four-year, public university in Illinois on the list.

Download our Metrics of Excellence

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