Anything but Normal
A great college town that can also jump-start your career - that's Bloomington-Normal.
We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities.
out-of-state and international students from 44 states and 74 countries
1 in 4 students
from underrepresented backgrounds
78% of our students
receive financial aid
- Updated for fall 2018 unless otherwise noted. More Quick Facts
Top 100 Public University
Illinois State’s academic reputation and high graduation rate rank us No. 83 on U.S. News and World Report’s best public national universities list.
High Retention and Graduation Rate
Illinois State students complete their degrees on time. ISU's retention rate remains among the highest in the nation at over 80 percent, and our high graduation rate (68.8 percent) is 23 percent above the national average.
Illinois State remains a first-choice institution. We have a strong enrollment of more than 20,000 students, while maintaining academic quality and small class sizes.
Illinois State remains an affordable option. We did not raise tuition or fees this year and disbursed $45 million in merit- and need-based aid and tuition waivers.
Bang for the Buck
We were ranked by College Factual as the 22nd Best College for the Money out of 1,200 schools across the country.
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