Setting: Large four-year, primarily residential
In-state Tuition: $9,767.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $16,799.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 0.709
SAT / ACT / GPA: / 24 / 3.41
Male/Female Ratio: 45:55
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 73%
Illinois State University is a public institution that was founded in 1857. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,257, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 490 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Illinois State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 152. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,573 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,013 (2013-14).
We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.
ISU was founded as a training school for teachers in 1857, the same year Illinois' first Board of Education was convened and two years after the Free School Act was passed by the State Legislature. Among its supporters were judge and future Supreme Court Justice, David Davis and local businessman and land holder Jesse W. Fell whose friend, Abraham Lincoln, was the attorney hired by the Board of Education to draw up legal documents to secure the school's funding. Founded as Illinois State Normal University, its name was reflective of its primary mission as a teacher training institution (at that time called a normal school). Classes were initially held in downtown Bloomington, occupying space in Major's Hall, which was previously the site of Lincoln's "Lost Speech". With the completion of Old Main in 1860, the school moved to its current campus in what was then the village of North Bloomington, which was chartered as "Normal" in 1865. The new town had named itself after the university. Old Main, c. 1860 In 1964 as the institution expanded and moved toward a full liberal arts curriculum, its name was changed to Illinois State University at Normal, and in 1968, to Illinois State University. In accordance with its mission, the school's motto was originally "and gladly wold he lerne and gladly teche," in the Middle English spelling of Geoffrey Chaucer which has since been updated to modern English in the gender-neutral form "Gladly we Learn and Teach."