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50-50 Profile: Illinois State University

Illinois State University campus

Illinois State University -Public

Normal, Illinois
20,760 (18,426 undergraduates)
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2015-16 Accepted: 88%
4 Year Graduation Rate: 46%
5 Year Graduation Rate: 68%
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Total Expenses In-State: $27,421
Total Expenses Out-of-State: $35,237
Average Net Price 14-15: $17,509
Freshman Non-Federal Loans: 9%
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SAT RW: na
SAT Math: na
ACT: 26
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Percent Freshman not in top quarter of class: not reported
Percent Freshman with GPA <3.50: 59%
Percent of Freshman Need Met: 72%
Percent of Non-Need Freshman Receiving Awards: 42.5%
Average Freshman Non-Need Award: $2,769

Class Schedule: Yes
Shows Class Capacity: No
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NCAA D1, Missouri Valley Conference
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Reasons to consider Illinois State University:

Honors Program
University Scholars
Undergraduate Research Support Program
Center for Renewable Energy
Institute for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping
Center for Adoption Studies
Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services
Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Institute for Financial Planning and Analysis
Professional Sales Institute
Gamma Phi Circus
Applied Social Research Unit
Horticulture Center
University Farm
Camp LEADSave

50-50 College Highlights: College of Wooster, Wagner College, and Centenary College of Louisiana

English: Kauke Arch
English: Kauke Arch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The College of Wooster in Ohio has a well established off-campus study program led by Wooster faculty. These include short-term mid-semester programs as well as summer and semester programs. The college has a strong emphasis on undergraduate research. All seniors complete a year-long Independent Study (IS) project. As part of its support of IS, the library reserves over 300 study carrels for seniors. Art or science students have access to dedicated studio space or labs. The Sophomore Research Program allows students to work as paid research assistants to faculty members. The Applied Mathematics Research Experience summer program provides students with practical application of mathematics and computer science.?  Freshman through Juniors are eligible for the Legal Humanitarian Fellowship which provides a stipend to complete a project. Continue reading

FAQ: What is a flagship university?

Postit What is a flagship universityThere is no official definition of what is a flagship university. In general, when people talk about flagship universities, they are referring to the most prominent public university of their state. It is usually the first public university that was established in the state and receives the most state support.

Gary Olson at The Chronicle of Higher Education offers the following definition: Continue reading

50-50 College Highlights: College of Charleston, Case Western, and University of St. Thomas

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College of Charleston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The College of Charleston in South Carolina has a School of Languages, Cultures and World affairs which includes International Studies as well as Classics.?  Marine Biology majors gain hands-on opportunities at the Grice Marine Laboratory including doing undergraduate summer research.?  Students?  develop leadership skills at the Ann and Lee Higdon Student Leadership Center?  through a variety of programs open to all majors including a free annual leadership conference. Continue reading

50-50 College List Highlights: University of Kentucky, Alfred University, and Providence College

Main building, University of Kentucky
Main building, University of Kentucky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The University of Kentucky offers pre-veterinary students research and internship opportunities through the Gluck Equine Research Center. The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering offers engineering students a certificate in Nano-Scale Engineering. College of Business students participate in the departmental Research Experience Program. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible for international travel grants. First-year students can participate in the Discovery Seminar Program as an alternative to the General Education requirement. Continue reading

50-50 College List Highlights: Saint Anselm College, North Central College, and University of North Carolina at Asheville

Saint Anselm College's Alumni Hall, built in 1...
Saint Anselm College's Alumni Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire is home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics which provides students with a variety of opportunities. The school also has the Dana Center for the Humanities which is a premier performing arts center. All students take four Humanities courses as freshman and sophomore years in Portraits of Human Greatness. The college has an Undergraduate Research Scholar Program that supports summer research with graduate level faculty mentors the summer before their senior year.

North Central College in Illinois offers study abroad courses during a December term. Students can also participate in a Chicago Term which consists of two classes and an internship. Continue reading

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