Who We Are
- Total students: 21,039
- Undergraduate students: 18,643
- Graduate students: 2,396
- 34 percent of our students transferred to Illinois State
- 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.
Transfer Student Academic Profile
- Students admitted for the 2016 academic year had an average transfer grade point average of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.
- 45 percent of the students who earn undergraduate degrees at Illinois State are transfer students.
- 77 percent of transfer students come from two-year institutions. 23 percent come from four-year schools.
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.
Illinois State University is the top destination in Illinois for transfer students. Here are the community colleges in Illinois which sent the most transfer students to Illinois State last year:
- Heartland Community College
- Illinois Central College
- College of DuPage
- Parkland College
- Joliet Junior College
- William Rainey Harper College
- Illinois Valley Community College
- Moraine Valley Community College
- College of Lake County
- McHenry County College
- Lincoln Land Community College
Enrollment: Then and Now
- 43 students enrolled at Illinois State for the first term in fall 1857. In fall 2016, more than 6,500 new students enrolled at the University.
- The first commencement ceremony was held in 1860 for a graduating class of 10. In FY 2016, the University awarded more than 5,300 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 fall 2016, we had 21,039 students attend Illinois State, 18,643 of whom were undergraduates.
Faculty vs Class Size
- 98 percent of Illinois State’s faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields.
- 92 percent of undergraduate courses are taught by faculty members.
- 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.
Illinois State's 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 67 undergraduate programs in more than 188 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 94 master's degree sequences, 10 doctoral programs, and 33 certificate programs.