Chances of getting into Illinois State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
89.1%
Admission Difficulty for Illinois State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into ISU and can I get accepted? The school has a 89% acceptance rate ranking it #60 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 10,332 out of 11,592 applicants were admitted making Illinois State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent. Illinois State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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ISU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT
-
SAT Scores for Illinois State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Illinois State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A

ISU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
98%
ACT Scores for Illinois State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Illinois State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into ISU?

Admission data indicates that ISU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #14 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 98 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Illinois State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Illinois State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >94%
23 to 26 Avg + 89%-94%
21 to 23 Avg - 84%-89%
19 to 21 Reach 78%-84%
Less than 19 Low <78%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.36
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need above average high school grades to get into Illinois State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Illinois State University was 3.36 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #21 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.36 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as ISU accepts 89% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Illinois State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 21% Good
3.50 to 3.75 18% Good
3.25 to 3.50 20% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 19% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 21% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

Illinois State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,892 4,700 11,592
Accepted 6,229 4,103 10,332
Acceptance Rate 90% 87% 89%
Enrolled 1,934 1,418 3,352
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 35% 32%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
166

Applicants have 166 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to ISU before the Mar 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Illinois State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Illinois State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Illinois State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=145813 IPEDS survey data for Illinois State University.