Illinois State University (ISU)

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Illinois State University can be found in Normal, IL, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at ISU number approximately 22,000 each year, and is one of the biggest colleges in the state.

Many students at this school scored in the range of 22 (25th percentile) to 26 (75th percentile) on the ACT exam. We were able to estimate the Illinois State University (ISU) average GPA (3.23 - 3.38) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. This school has an acceptance rate of around 69 percent with 28 percent of applicants deciding to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Illinois State University (ISU) acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 70%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Illinois State University (ISU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Illinois State University was reported as 68.9% in Fall 2013 with over 15,400 applications submitted to ISU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ISU ACT Scores: 22 - 26
  • ISU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Illinois State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into ISU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for ISU has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 61.7%
  • 2010-2011: 66.9%
  • 2011-2012: 71.0%
  • 2012-2013: 74.0%
  • 2013-2014: 68.9%
  • Projected ISU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 69.9%

How Does Illinois State University (ISU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for ISU is twenty-four percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign62.4%
Western Illinois University59.3%
Northern Illinois University56.1%
Purdue University-Main Campus60.4%
Indiana State University83.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Illinois State University (ISU) (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English21 - 26
Math21 - 26
Composite Score22 - 26
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