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#6 Best Public Universities in Illinois

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Normal, Illinois

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Chances of getting into Illinois State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
89.2%
Admission Difficulty for Illinois State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
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 #59 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 11,492 out of 12,886 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 average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 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
1010-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT
70%
SAT Scores for Illinois State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for Illinois State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1100

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Illinois State University?

Illinois State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 920. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. The school ranks #19 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Illinois State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1190 and Above Good >93%
1100 to 1190 Avg + 89%-93%
1010 to 1100 Avg - 83%-89%
920 to 1010 Reach 74%-83%
Less than 920 Low <74%
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ISU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
ACT Scores for Illinois State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
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 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 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. 58 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Illinois State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Illinois State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >93%
23 to 26 Avg + 89%-93%
20 to 23 Avg - 83%-89%
17 to 20 Reach 74%-83%
Less than 17 Low <74%
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ISU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Illinois State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into ISU. 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 #25 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Illinois State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,798 5,088 12,886
Accepted 7,003 4,489 11,492
Acceptance Rate 90% 88% 89%
Enrolled 2,106 1,583 3,689
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 35% 32%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 11, 2021
Days left to Apply
199

Applicants have 199 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Apr 11, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Illinois State University and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does Illinois State University prefer SAT or ACT?

70% of students submit their SAT scores to ISU. 58% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Illinois State University?

89% of those who apply are granted admission to ISU. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Illinois State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1190. 70% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Illinois State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 58% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.