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Illinois State University Review

Normal, IL, North and School Streets
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Career Preparation A
Students and Culture A
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A-
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Excellent

Illinois State University is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 20,760 students and offering 137 degrees in Normal, IL.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Illinois State University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Education and Liberal Arts
1,405 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Administration of Special Education
1
Art Studies
89
1
Business Teacher Education
8
Chemistry Teacher Education
0
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
24
Curriculum and Instruction
24
0
7
Educational Administration and Supervision
1
Educational/instructional Technology
0
Educational Leadership and Administration
0
0
33
Elementary Education and Teaching
234
English Language and Literature
142
11
11
Foreign Languages and Literatures
0
10
French Language and Literature
7
General Studies
117
German Language and Literature
3
Health and Physical Education/fitness
43
Health Teacher Education
34
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching
58
Kindergarten/preschool Education and Teaching
60
Liberal Arts
33
Mathematics Teacher Education
2
Music Teacher Education
29
7
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
56
Reading Teacher Education
16
Rhetoric and Composition
1
Secondary School Administration/principalship
0
Social Studies Teacher Education
0
Spanish Language and Literature
37
Special Education and Teaching
176
16
0
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
70
36
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
0
Technology Teacher Education/industrial Arts Teacher Education
8
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Business
1,275 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
146
53
Business Administration and Management
99
72
Economics
50
12
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences
159
18
Finance
215
0
Insurance
53
International Business
23
Management Science
176
Marketing/marketing Management
199
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Human and Social Sciences
640 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Anthropology
17
Archeology
7
Counseling Psychology
10
History
103
13
Library and Information Science
8
Philosophy
19
Political Science
98
11
Psychology
150
16
School Psychology
6
6
Social Work
43
20
Sociology
108
5
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Healthcare
485 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/trainer
23
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
67
33
5
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist
28
Family Practice Nurse/nursing
0
1
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator
29
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
67
Nursing Practice
0
Nursing Science
1
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
22
Registered Nurse
187
22
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Mathematics and Science
404 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
17
Biology
143
8
5
Cellular and Molecular Biology
9
Chemistry
26
11
Environmental Health
30
0
Geography
22
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences
6
Geology/earth Science
14
Mathematics
64
30
Physics
19
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Communication and Media
192 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Journalism
43
Mass Communication
60
Public Relations/image Management
89
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Computer Technology
182 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
30
0
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
23
Graphic Communications
17
Information Technology
67
29
Management Information Systems
16
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Art and Design
179 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
62
10
Fine Arts
5
5
Music
15
24
Music Performance
25
Visual and Performing Arts
22
8
Writing
3
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Agriculture
172 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Business Operations
1
Agriculture
167
4
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Legal and Law
161 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Criminal Justice
149
9
Legal Studies
3
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Engineering
116 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Energy Management and Systems Technology/technician
28
Engineering Technology
4
Industrial Technology/technician
47
37
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Hospitality
108 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
108
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
13
Trades and Careers
37 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Construction Management
37
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Illinois State University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator
Registered Nurse
Rhetoric and Composition
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Psychological Services Center)
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Student Counseling Services)
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
Didactic Program in Dietetics
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 14 Reviews
Alumni
Elementary Education, Class of 1999

On site year long practicum student teaching

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology/ History/Education, Class of 1996

It is one of the best at preparing teachers for real classroom environments.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Music ed, Class of 1989

Teaching practice at a lab school, in-depth instrument training, outstanding Ed courses

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2008

on site job fairs and interviews

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Master of Science- Communication , Class of 2011

Professional organizations, internship credit for courses, internship matching, hands-on learning, mentoring

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social Work, Class of 2002

An internship required before receiving the degree.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Criminal Justice, Class of 2007

Career Consulting, Career Center, Job Fairs

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2014

Career fairs, opportunities to meet with representatives from different companies, and a career center where students could go to get help with their resumes, take part in mock interviews, and learn the basics for how to act in formal meetings, etc.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2006

5 year integrated MBA program. Internship opportunities with large corporations. Low student to faculty ratio.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology, Class of 2014

Researching skills, time management skills, critical thinking skills

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communication, Class of 2011

A Career Center (for interviewing, resume, networking, and internship tips and help), as well as multiple keystone and professional practice courses. Additionally there are a lot of extracurricular networking opportunities hosted by the individual departments to help students identify other alums in their industry that they can meet and network with.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 14 Reviews
Alumni
Elementary Education, Class of 1999

There is a wide variety. Most there were there to party a lot. I was more interested in growing in my chosen career path.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology/ History/Education, Class of 1996

Friendly. Middle-class. Intelligent. Socially conscious.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS in Physical Education, Class of 1999

Large percentage of the population was from Chicago, ISU is in the middle of the state. so it has lots of rural area. Locals have gotten better at accepting the student population

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Music ed, Class of 1989

campus emptied out on weekends. Not a great deal of diversity back then. But very friendly and energetic/vibrant.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Master of Science- Communication , Class of 2011

Large population of caucasian, upper middle class, suburban roots, but with good opportunities for diversity inclusion. "party school with a purpose"- ISU students work hard and play hard.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Accounting, Class of 1986

Oriented to working in a large city

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social Work, Class of 2002

Most were from small towns near the university or the town the university was in. At least within my major, most were female and most were hardworking.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Criminal Justice, Class of 2007

State school students. Heavy female student body. Open and very nice.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2014

This is a very vague open-ended question. The majority of students at ISU were there for either teaching or nursing. The mix was of students felt predominately white, but it certainly wasn't segregated by any means.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2006

Diverse student body. Not a lot of school pride.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology, Class of 2014

A diverse group of students

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communication, Class of 2011

Really active, diverse, educated student population. The culture is open and welcoming and very focused on providing a safe, practical, broad-based curriculum to all students regardless of background or major.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 14 Reviews
Alumni
BS in Physical Education, Class of 1999

Not huge, added many computer areas, and computer in the classrooms. Diverse dining has come around

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Music ed, Class of 1989

Music hall was awesome. Classrooms didn't look much different from when my parents attended. Computer labs?

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2008

about half new and state of the art, half old refitted buildings

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Master of Science- Communication , Class of 2011

Above average dining halls and dorms. Standard classrooms. Some nice state of the art labs in the communication area (social media analytics) but not sure about the "hard" sciences.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Accounting, Class of 1986

Excellent computer labs, dorms are ok

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social Work, Class of 2002

Old. I did not live in a dorm or use dining halls - I lived in family housing (which was also quite old but has since been torn down since I graduated).

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2014

I thought the majority of facilities were very nice.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2006

Good computer labs, dorms were a mix of new and old, classrooms were being upgraded almost the entire time I was there, dining halls were varied, some new, some old, some buffet style, some a la carte, but a good mix.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, Class of 1998

Easy to access and plentiful

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 14 Reviews
Alumni
Elementary Education, Class of 1999

There was a wide variety ....

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Music ed, Class of 1989

Concerts, sporting events, Greek stuff

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Master of Science- Communication , Class of 2011

Hanging out on the quad. LARP on the quad (unique). Tons of registered student organizations. PRIDE has large presence.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Accounting, Class of 1986

Student Nurses Organization, pub crawls, some parades

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social Work, Class of 2002

Not sure. I was busy only attending class and raising my child.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2006

There was a good theatre program. Greek life was pretty popular.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, Class of 1998

There were a lot of student activities.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communication, Class of 2011

Too many to list - there are over 350 registered student organizations on campus - in addition to the athletics programs and extracurricular activities hosted daily.

Rated January 2016
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