Indiana State University

Indiana State University Enrollment and Financial Aid Information

Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Indiana State University is a public university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus tuition and admission information.

Should You Attend Indiana State University?

Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Indiana State University (ISU) offers more than 100 undergraduate majors. Its graduate college confers master's and doctoral degrees. Keep reading to learn more and discover if ISU is the school for you.


  • Has an acceptance rate 21.4 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Accepts AP and CLEP tests for placement
  • Cost of room and board is $543 less than the national average


  • Has a higher student-to-faculty ratio than the national average
  • Graduation rate is 19 percentage points less than the national average

Indiana State University at a Glance

According to U.S. News & World Report, business, education and social services are the three most popular undergraduate majors at Indiana State University. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) indicates that the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits ISU as a whole. Various individual academic programs also hold accreditation from more than 30 individual accrediting agencies. ISU has a Carnegie Classification as a doctoral/research university.

While the national average acceptance rate at 4-year schools is 63.8%, the rate at ISU is 85.2%, according to U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News also reports that the student-to-faculty ratio at ISU is 19:1, which is higher than the national average of 16:1.

NCES estimates that the 4-year graduation rate at ISU is just 21%, which is significantly lower than the national average of 40%. However, students at ISU pay less than the $9,315 national average for room and board; NCES estimates that room and board at this university was just $8,772 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Indiana State University

Applications to ISU can be submitted online, by mail or in person. Application requirements include your official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores and an application fee of $25. The deadline to apply is August 15th.

You'll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for various forms of federal and state financial aid, including grants and loans. ISU also offers scholarships for entering freshmen, entering transfer students and students who are already enrolled. Other available forms of financial aid include veterans' benefits and work-study programs, and students can enroll in payment plans.

Application and Tuition Information
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) August 15th****
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1st (priority)***
Application Fee (2013-2014) $25*
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 85.2%****
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $16,870 (in-state), $26,416 (out-of-state)**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011-2012) $6,102****
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011-2012) 11.7%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012-2013) $24,484***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009-2010) 10.2%**

Life at Indiana State University

ISU is a medium-sized school in a small city. A number of students live on campus in dorms, fraternities and sororities, apartments, theme housing and housing for disabled students. U.S. News & World Report indicates there are more than 150 student clubs and organizations covering everything from politics to science. ISU also offers ROTC programs and NCAA Division I athletics.

ISU's Career Center can aid you with career research and assessment to help you face the demands of competitive work conditions and develop vital connections with potential employers. Recruitment fairs are given on campus each year, as are other career and workshop events. The university's Meis Student Development Center is specific to business students and provides assistance with cover letter and resume writing, interview practice, job placement and business career exploration.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city**
Student Population (2011-2012) 11,528****
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011-2012) 47% to 53%****
% of Full-Time Students (2012-2013) 88%***
% of In-State Students (2012-2013) 83%***
% of International Students (2012-2013) 4.6%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 58% (full-time), 40% (part-time)**
Campus Housing Available Yes****
% of Students Living on Campus 36%****
Number of Libraries 1*
Extracurricular Activities 152 clubs and organizations****

Sources: *Indiana State University, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Indiana State University, John W. Moore Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809-1904
  • Phone: (800) GO-TO-ISU