Top 100 Public University
Illinois State made U.S. News & World Report's 2020 rankings of America's best public national universities, at No. 98, based on academic quality and excellence. In addition, Washington Monthly ranked the University No. 66 out of all national universities for the institution's contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and public services.
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 78.6 percent, and our high graduation rate (69.5 percent) is well above the national average.
Illinois State welcomed it's largest freshman class in 33 years and largest-ever incoming class of Honors students. We enroll more than 20,000 students, while maintaining academic quality and small class sizes.
Illinois State provides accessible opportunity and increasingly reflects the nation's changing demographics. One-quarter of our student population and 32 percent of this year's freshman class come from underrepresented groups.
Bang for the Buck
High Student Loan Repayment Rate
Illinois State alumni go on to successful careers, shown in the very low student loan default rate of our graduates (3.9 percent) compared with the national average (10.1 percent).