Illinois State University - Rankings

Illinois State University (ISU) is a leading public university located in Normal, Illinois, USA. It was founded in 1857 as a Normal university to prepare the state's teachers. ISU is one of 12 universities nationwide chosen to take a leading role in advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in American higher education. The University was chosen as a Campus Cluster Leader by the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

ISU has the following Colleges: College of Applied Science and Technology; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business; College of Education; College of Fine Arts; Mennonite College of Nursing.


- Illinois State University is ranked 156th among the National Universities by US News & World Report (2011).

- 113th in the US News ranking of Top Speech-Language Pathology Schools (2009).

- Ranked 123rd out of 242 national universities in the rankings of national universities in Washington Monthly magazine’s third annual college rankings issue.

- The College of Business is one of the nation's best choices for earning an MBA, according to the 2008 edition of Best 290 Business Schools, published by Princeton Review.

- 115th in the US News ranking of Best Graduate Nursing Program (2008).

- Rated 75th in the 2007 BusinessWeek magazine rankings of the best undergraduate business schools in the nation. It was placed 41st among public universities.

- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Illinois State University as one of 100 best values in public colleges. The University of Illinois was the only other state university to make the list in 2007

- Illinois State University is placed 117th in the NRC Ranking of Top US universities in Physiology (2007).

- 93rd in the ranking of Economics Departments on the basis of total pages in journals per economics department member (Economic Inquiry April 1996).