Who We Are
A first-choice public institution, Illinois State is among the nation's leaders in graduation rates as well as loan repayment rates. Students who choose Illinois State attend a top-100 nationally ranked university in one of the nation's best college towns.
- Total students: 21,039
- Undergraduate students: 18,643
- Graduate students: 2,396
- 55.4 percent of undergraduate students are female
- 23.7 percent of Illinois State students are from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Many students from this diverse and growing population actively participate in campus organizations, including the Black Student Union and the Association of Latin American Students.
Fall 2015 Freshmen:
- Half of admitted freshmen earned ACT composite scores of 21 to 26. A quarter scored 27 or above, and another quarter scored between 18 and 20.
- The middle 50 percent of admitted students had a high school grade point average between 3.08 and 3.80 on a 4.0 scale.
Fall 2016 Transfer Students:
- Students admitted for the 2016 academic year had an average transfer grade point average of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.
Where We Come From
Students come to Illinois State from across the country and around the world, but a majority of our students are from right here in Illinois.
Here are the counties in Illinois which sent the most new beginning freshmen to Illinois State last year:
Enrollment: Then and Now
- 43 students enrolled at Illinois State for the first term in fall 1857. In fall 2014, more than 3,500 new beginning freshman enrolled at the University.
- The first commencement ceremony was held in 1860 for a graduating class of 10. In 2013, the University awarded more than 5,000 degrees.
- Enrollment grew from 4,469 in 1960 to 17,549 in 1970. Since the 1970s, the number of students has stayed about the same. In 2014, 20,271 students attended Illinois State, 18,155 of whom were undergraduates.
Faculty and Class Size
- 98 percent of Illinois State’s 1,247 faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields.
- 92 percent of undergraduate credit hours are taught by faculty members; the balance are taught by graduate assistants.
- At least 70 percent of all classes have 30 or fewer students; 85 percent have 39 or fewer; and 89 percent have 49 or fewer.
- The student-faculty ratio is 19 to one.
There are 34 academic departments in six colleges that offer 67 undergraduate programs in more than 188 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 39 master’s, two specialist, and eight doctoral programs.