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Admissions Requirements

When student apply, they will need to self-report the following information:

  • Social Security Number—(if they have one) used only to verify their identity
  • courses they are currently taking or will take before attending Illinois State University
  • intended major or program—if they have chosen one
  • ACT or SAT scores and subscores
  • cumulative high school GPA
  • academic personal statement - may be in the student's best interest if he/she falls below or in the lower end of one or both of the ranges listed. The student should use the statement to provide us more information as we review the application. Please review the guidelines for your optional personal statement.
  • they do not need to submit official high school transcripts to receive an admission decision

Applicants must also show successful completion of the following:

Students are encouraged to pursue a rigorous and challenging college preparatory program.

  • English – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 3 years
    • traditional (algebra, geometry, algebra II - trigonometry or higher)
    • integrated (math 1, 2, and 3)
  • Natural science – 2 years with laboratories
  • Social Science – 2 years
  • Foreign language – 2 years of one language OR Fine arts – 2 years of fine arts
  • Electives – 2 years

Deficiencies are not allowed in any subject area.

Application Fee

New domestic students are required to submit a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Some students may be qualified to apply for a fee waiver. The application will not be processed until the application fee or fee waiver verification is received.

Applicants who may be exempt from the fee include:

  • those who qualify for an economic hardship waiver
  • veterans or active military service personnel
  • permanent employees and retirees of Illinois State University

Finalize Enrollment

Students must submit the following documents by July 1.

  • High school transcript with graduation date
  • ACT or SAT score sent from the testing agency
    • ACT code: 1042
    • SAT code: 1319
  • GED scores (if non-high school graduate)
      • Test-takers must score a minimum of 150 on each part of the GED
      • Cumulative score of at least 600 for all four tests
    • If all four sections were completed prior to December 31, 2013:
      • Minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests
      • Average battery score of 45
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