Illinois State University

Normal, IL 61790
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Illinois State University (ISU) was founded in 1857, making it the oldest public university in Illinois. The main campus is in the twin cities of Bloomington and Normal in the middle of the state. The university was founded as a training school for teachers, which is still a major focus of the university. The various graduate and undergraduate programs are offered through six colleges that are part of the ISU system, including the Mennonite College of Nursing. The university is also home to one of the largest libraries in the state. The Milner Library houses over 1.5 million volumes.

ISU nursing programs are offered through the Mennonite College of Nursing, which was founded in 1919. The college offers accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and traditional BSN programs. They also provide graduate-level programs, including an MSN and PhD program. These programs are all accredited by the CCNE. The traditional BSN program is intended for students who are entering the university as freshmen or transferring from another college without a degree. Registered nurses who are interested in obtaining a BSN can apply for the RN to BSN program, which is offered entirely online with either a full-time or part-time plan of study.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize Suburb
Number of Students20,784
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 0 1
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 4
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 11
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 94.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1913 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
ACT21 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$370/credit
In State Students$370/credit
Out of State Students$741/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$389/credit
In State Students$389/credit
Out of State Students$808/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $16,650 $16,650 $33,345
ADN 70 $25,900 $25,900 $51,870
BSN 125 $46,250 $46,250 $92,625
FNP 50 $19,450 $19,450 $40,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 86% of Illinois State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 30% $4,482
Other Federal Grant 5% $1,128
State Grant & Scholarships 32% $4,895
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 55% $5,300
Federal Student Loans 62% $5,444
Private Loans 11% $13,800


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$14,083
$30,001 to $48,000$15,556
$48,001 to $75,000$20,947
$75,001 to $110,000$25,384
Over $110,000$25,937

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Illinois state board of nursing.
Illinois State University
North and School Streets
Normal, IL 61790

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