Illinois State University
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 LocaleMidsize Suburb|
|Number of Students20,784|
|Student to Faculty Ratio18:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||0||4|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||1||11|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|ACT||21 to 26|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$370/credit|
|In State Students||$370/credit|
|Out of State Students||$741/credit|
|In District Students||$389/credit|
|In State Students||$389/credit|
|Out of State Students||$808/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||5%||$1,128|
|State Grant & Scholarships||32%||$4,895|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||55%||$5,300|
|Federal Student Loans||62%||$5,444|
$19,227Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Illinois state board of nursing.