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In-state tuition for out-of-state students

Going out-of-state for a world-class college education doesn’t have to cost more than staying close to home.

At Illinois State University, select students from other states receive tuition rates comparable to our in-state tuition, a savings of approximately $11,000 per year or $44,000 over four years. You will qualify if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Reside in a bordering state (Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, or Wisconsin) 
  • Be admitted to the University as a freshman student with a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale and an ACT composite score of at least 25
  • Be admitted to the University as a transfer student with a minimum cumulative college grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

World-class education

In addition to being affordable, Illinois State is ranked in the top 100 public colleges by U.S. News and World Report, highlighted for our 71.5 percent graduation rate which well exceeds the national average of 56 percent. Our retention rate of 82 percent also tops the national average by more than 15 percentage points.

Students can choose from 165 bachelor’s degree options including nationally recognized education and business programs, strong traditions in the arts and sciences, and emerging fields such as renewable energy and information technology. Learn more about our majors.

Our students

Illinois State University students come from 91 of the 102 Illinois counties; 48 of the United States; and 67 countries outside the U.S.

On-Campus Total Enrollment: 20,615

  • Undergraduate Students: 18,155

  • Graduate Students: 2,460

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 21. The middle 50 percent of admitted students had a high school grade point average was between 3.08 and 3.80 on a 4.0 scale.

Fall 2015 Transfer Students:

  • Students admitted for the 2014 academic year had an average transfer grade point average of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.

Our community

Bloomington-Normal is a twin-city community of around 125,000 people located within three hours of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Find out more about Bloomington-Normal.

Tuition guarantee

At Illinois State, your rate for tuition will be locked in for four years as a new, incoming undergraduate student which allows for long-term planning and peace of mind. Some majors qualify for additional time based on the length of the program.

Estimated Expenses for 2016-2017

The estimates below are calculated based on a student who takes 15 credit hours each semester, lives on campus with a roommate, and selects the seven-day unlimited meal plan. Books, supplies, transportation, clothing, recreation, and other expenses are not paid directly to the University, but should be considered as you are budgeting.

Tuition and fees* $14,062
Room and board $9,850
Total $23,912

*Unless you qualify for in-state tuition based on the guidelines to the left, tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $25,170.

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