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Illinois State University

Illinois State University

Illinois State University fosters a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities

Illinois State’s academic reputation and high graduation rate rank us No. 83 on U.S. News and World Report 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.

First-Choice Institution

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.

Affordable Education

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 waive. We were ranked by College Factual as the 22nd Best College for the Money out of 1,200 schools across the country.

Why Choose Illinois State University?

  • #9 Best Value US Colleges for International Students (USA Today 2017)
  • #83 Top Public School (U.S. News and World Report 2018)
  • 20,784 students with 567 international students from 67 countries
  • 98% of our faculty hold the highest degree possible in their field
  • #3 Best Smallest Metro Area for job-seeking college graduates (AIER 2016)
  • AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting

Top Programs 

  • #11 Risk Management and Insurance
(U.S. News and World Report 2017)
  • Top 16 Actuarial Science (Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries 2018)
  • #42 Best College for Education (niche.com 2018)
  • #45 Best College for Information Technology (niche.com 2018)
  • #75 Best Undergraduate Business School (Bloomberg Businessweek 2016)
  • #131 Fine Arts Graduate School
(U.S. News and World Report 2018)

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