Illinois State University

Normal, IL 61790

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.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Midsize
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN)
  3. Doctoral degrees (PhD)
  4. RN to BSN
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 177
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 30
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 3
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 2
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 2

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Illinois State University

Eastern Illinois University
83.01 miles away
Western Illinois University
88.94 miles away
Governors State University
92.84 miles away
Coalition of African American Nurses, Inc.
95.05 miles away
Northern Illinois University
99.02 miles away
CMK Healthcare
103.5 miles away
PC Center Training Institute
105.99 miles away
Purdue University-Calumet Campus
108.44 miles away
Everest College - Merrillville
108.55 miles away
Purdue University-Main Campus
109.27 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
ACT Composite21 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$13,110
30k to 48k$14,783
48k to 75k$20,682
75k to 110k$24,959
Over 110k$25,671
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $370.00 $741.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $389.00 $808.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Genesis Health Services Gala Nursing Scholarship

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Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship

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Sonne Scholarship

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Nursing Education Scholarship Program

The purpose of this scholarship is to increase the number of nurses available for employment in Illinois by offering financial aid to overcome barriers [...]

Illinois AMVETS Sad Sacks Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be an Illinois high school senior who has been accepted into a pre-approved nursing program or may already be a student in an approved School of Nursing in the State of Illinois. [...]

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Illinois state board of nursing
Illinois State University
North and School Streets
Normal, IL 61790

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