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Introduction

Illinois State University (ISU) is a public university in Normal, Illinois. ISU was founded in 1857 as a normal school and now awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university offers extended education non-degree programs throughout the state of Illinois.

In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory (including apartments for graduate students) and administration buildings, ISU features a former one-room schoolhouse that is now a museum, a motorcycle driving area for the Motorcycle Safety Program, and an outdoor adventure center for recreation equipment and programs. There is also an off campus university farm for agricultural research. On campus, the Fell Arboretum was established in 1995 and is characterized as “a living laboratory.”

Academics

ISU is comprised of seven colleges with nearly 35 academic departments. Colleges include the College of Applied Sciences and Technology, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, and the Mennonite College of Nursing. The ISU bachelor’s programs are structured around a general education program, with core courses in particular areas. There is also an honors program which includes special activities, research participation, independent study, and professional mentorships.

Master’s degrees are awarded in arts and humanities, education, nursing, social work, theatre, and writing, among others. Students can also get a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in either Art or Theatre, or an educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree in school psychology.

The school awards doctoral degrees in eleven fields, including English, mathematics, biological sciences, school psychology, and several different branches of education.

Foundations of Inquiry

ISU offers a “Foundations of Inquiry” program that assists freshmen in transitioning from high school to college and is required for all freshmen. A primary focus of the program is teaching students how to construct and evaluate arguments, a foundation of scholarly inquiry. This includes evaluating problems and thinking critically. Emphasis is placed on open communication, intellectual activities, and the use of technology.

Library Resources

The ISU library system offers a wide range of electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in addition to a large collection of physical volumes. The central library also features a computer lab, a media resource center, a bindery, a teaching materials center, and several special collections.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services was founded in 1991 in the University’s College of Business. The School offers a curriculum in risk management and insurance professions. Through the school, students can acquire internships and begin their careers in the growing insurance industry.

The Management and Quantitative Methods Department is home to a variety of studies related to professional leadership and success. A significant area of focus is entrepreneurial studies, based on faculty experience in consulting and management. An Organizational Leadership program creates effective managers for all levels of leadership and provides them with the skills and experience to lead an organization.

Admissions

Admissions to ISU are competitive. Ninety percent of freshmen ranked in the top 50% of their graduating class; twenty percent ranked in the top 10%. The middle 50% of students scored between 22 and 26 on the ACT. The average GPA of incoming students is 3.5.

Applications to the undergraduate programs are accepted through March 1 for the following fall semester. In addition to the application form and a modest fee, students must provide a required personal statement, high school transcripts, and test scores. Students must have completed four years of English, three of mathematics, two each of the social sciences, laboratory sciences, and one foreign language, and two years of electives. Fine arts can substitute for foreign language. Applications can be submitted on-line.

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: application and modest fee, transcripts, appropriate test scores and any other material required by the department or program.

Financial Aid

Among eligibility requirements for financial aid from ISU are the expected family contribution and satisfactory academic progress, both of which are explained in detail on the University’s website. The office of admissions provides some of the merit-based scholarships at ISU; others are available via specific departments. Special scholarship programs exist for academically outstanding students, students from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, and community college transfer students.

Financial aid is available with a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. All new loan borrowers are required to go through “Entrance Loan Counseling.” Loans cannot be processes until such counseling is complete. Illinois State also offers loan consolidation.

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Students

There are ample opportunities for student recreation at ISU. The arboretum and planetarium offer students the opportunity to explore lesser-known aspects about the natural universe. There is also a bowling and billiards center and the university golf course for students who need to blow off some steam. The Bloomington-Normal community offers a wide variety of shopping, the Miller Park Zoo, and the Route 66 Museum & Hall of Fame.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department at ISU is known as the Redbirds. The Redbirds compete on the intercollegiate level in NCAA Division I. Men’s competitive athletics include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, and track & field. Women’s competitive athletics include basketball, cross-country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Support activities include a cheerleading squad, a dance team, and a marching band.

There are a wide range of club and intramural sports for the enjoyment of any interested student. Sports facilities include a golf course, a stadium, a field house, a pool, a track facility, a soccer field, a baseball field, a gymnasium, and an arena.

Traditions

The Redbirds are represented by Reggie Redbird, and have been since the name was decided in a campus-wide vote in 1980. Another symbol of ISU spirit is the Battle Bird, a sculpted likeness of the mascot that players touch before each game to bring them good luck. Each year students bid on the opportunity to be designated “Keeper of the Bird” and have the responsibility of keeping the Battle Bird safe.

Local Community

Normal. Illinois is a city of roughly 52,000 in central Illinois, 137 miles southwest of Chicago. It has a twin city, Bloomington,of around 74,000. Normal was actually named after Illinois State Normal University (one of the University’s previous monikers) in 1857. ISU operates teaching laboratory schools at both the high school and elementary level in the town. Local attractions include the Challenger Learning Center, Children’s Discovery Museum, and the Ecology Action Center.

Bibliography

Academics. Illinois State University. Web. 16 June 2011.

Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.

Graduate Programs. Illinois State University. Web. 16 June 2011.

Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Illinois and 274th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 31 0.15
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 26 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 187 0.88

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 71 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 16 0.03
Robbery 19 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 279 0.53
Larceny 994 1.89
Vehicle theft 26 0.05

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1713

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1049th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,767 $9,767 $16,799
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,571 $2,571 $2,673
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $342 $342 $590
FT Graduate Tuition $8,226 $8,226 $17,236
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,206 $2,206 $2,318
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $345 $345 $716
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,259 $26,259 $33,699
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,745 $24,745 $32,185
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,407 $15,407 $22,847

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,832 $12,726 $11,832 $12,726 $18,792 $20,016
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,074 $954
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,090 $9,364
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,820 $2,372
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $7,699
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $2,578
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $1,341

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 15,354 (6,130 male / 9,224 female)
Admitted 10,582 (4,115 male / 6,467 female)
Admission rate 69%
First-time Enrollment 2,981 (1,215 male / 1,766 female)
FT Enrollment 2,978 (1,213 male / 1,765 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (2 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment20,272

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Missouri Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

450th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity5,901
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,152
Board Fee$4,688

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 108 226 260 87 9 4,337 109 5,184
Accounting 6 4 4 7 153 2 177
Administration of Special Education 1 1 2
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 2 2
Agriculture, General 1 1 4 109 2 119
Anthropology 1 21 22
Archeology 7 1 8
Art/Art Studies, General 1 7 1 1 76 2 90
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 2 1 13 1 18
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 7 1 1 89 103
Biochemistry 9 9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 5 10 4 115 3 141
Business Administration and Management, General 14 5 5 2 1 128 2 159
Business Teacher Education 1 19 1 22
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 1 1 29 31
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 6 3 12 2 23
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 3 4 13 20
Computer Science 2 1 1 15 19
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 17 20
Construction Management 1 15 16
Counseling Psychology 1 1 1 10 13
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 17 12 2 146 179
Curriculum and Instruction 1 1 27 29
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 3 6 50 4 65
Economics, General 9 3 4 34 1 51
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 24 25
Educational/Instructional Technology
Elementary Education and Teaching 7 12 2 1 215 3 241
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 2 1 28 1 33
English Language and Literature, General 4 8 11 5 1 158 7 197
Environmental Health 1 2 1 29 33
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 13 4 2 163 2 188
Finance, General 2 7 5 2 1 131 4 153
Fine/Studio Arts, General 17 2 19
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 2 4 8 1 16
French Language and Literature 1 5 6
General Studies 27 7 74 1 109
Geography 30 1 31
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1 1 6 9
Geology/Earth Science, General 20 1 22
German Language and Literature 5 5
Graphic Communications, General 4 4
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 2 24 26
Health Teacher Education 5 4 3 35 47
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 2 1 1 38 44
History, General 4 12 1 120 1 141
Industrial Technology/Technician 6 4 2 2 89 103
Information Technology 16 1 5 3 55 3 84
Insurance 1 35 2 38
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 3 3 10 1 20
Journalism 1 4 3 33 2 44
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 2 1 4 54 2 63
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 2 2 1 57 1 63
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 5 5 55 2 68
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 3 46 1 52
Library and Information Science 12 12
Management Information Systems, General 1 14 15
Management Science 1 7 7 2 149 3 169
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 7 6 1 164 6 189
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 8 6 35 2 53
Mathematics, General 14 4 3 5 91 117
Music Performance, General 2 8 1 11
Music Teacher Education 2 2 27 2 33
Music, General 6 1 23 2 35
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 2 14 16
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 6 4 3 76 1 91
Philosophy 1 7 8
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 1 71 2 77
Physics, General 1 1 15 17
Political Science and Government, General 7 6 4 92 6 115
Psychology, General 5 13 1 139 3 162
Public Relations/Image Management 3 4 3 1 59 2 73
Reading Teacher Education 19 19
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6 7 3 132 5 156
School Psychology 1 5 6
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 1 1
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 1 3 6 1 62 3 79
Sociology 4 1 69 2 76
Spanish Language and Literature 1 12 24 38
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 10 3 203 6 225
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 4 1 109 3 119
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 1 8 1 11
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 1 2 1 1 26 34
Writing, General 4 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1358th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,814 ($75,440 male / $63,798 female)
Number of FT Faculty 860 (422 male / 438 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,233
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $62,541,673
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