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Illinois State University

The oldest public university in the state, Illinois State was founded as a training school for teachers. About 160 years later, education is still one of the top-producing majors at the school. Other popular degree programs include business, marketing, the social sciences, and journalism. With about 18,000 students, Illinois State enjoys an above-average graduation rate and an average cost on par with the national median. In addition to hosting about 20 sports teams, Illinois State also is home to the oldest of two collegiate circuses in the U.S. Redbirds attending football games will be sure to spot the Victory Bell, a five-decade-old bell rung every time Illinois State scores a touchdown. The campus is located about two and a half hours southwest of Chicago, in Normal, a place featured in a Ben Folds song and known for its student-friendly restaurants. The university's center lawn, The Quad, is the site of the Fell Arboretum where students come to unwind, socialize or study the dozens of species of trees lining the campus.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Illinois State University is offering in-person, hybrid and fully remote classes this fall, with all instruction online after Thanksgiving break. The school is also keeping all common areas, like dorms and dining halls, at low density levels.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$30,500
% of students who get any grants
57%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,400
Average price for low-income students
$15,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
89%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1100/23
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
18,040
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
53%
% of need met
46%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$3,400
student success
Graduation rate
69%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$20,000
Average salary within 5 years
$48,400
% earning more than $28,000
82%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
April 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Illinois State University is offering in-person, hybrid and fully remote classes this fall, with all instruction online after Thanksgiving break. The school is also keeping all common areas, like dorms and dining halls, at low density levels.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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