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Indiana State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Indiana State University in Terre Haute offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Indiana State University in Terre Haute

Indiana State University in Terre Haute is located approximately 77 miles west of Indianapolis. The school was founded in 1865 as the Indiana State Normal School. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The university operates five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, Scott College of Business, Bayh College of Education, the College of Nursing, Health and Human Services and the College of Technology. Undergraduate students can major and minor in more than 80 fields of study. The school also offers undergraduate certificate and licensure programs, about 50 master's degree programs, two education specialist degree programs and 12 doctoral degree programs.

Undergraduate and graduate programs are available through distance learning. Students may also study abroad, and, to facilitate overseas learning, the school has established partnerships with institutions located in Greece, London, China and Germany. In 2009, the average undergraduate class enrolled 33 students.


Undergraduate students can apply for admission to Indiana State University online. Applications for fall admission are due June 1, and admission notifications are typically sent within two weeks of receipt of all application materials. Applications for spring admission are due December 1. The school does not use the common application.

In the fall of 2011, the school received approximately 10,000 applications and admitted 85% of applicants. At that same time, its undergraduate enrollment was about 9,500 students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Indiana State charges different tuition for in-state, out-of-state and Midwest consortium students. During the 2012-2013 school year, in-state students paid $7,898 per year in tuition. Out-of-state and Midwest consortium students during that same period of time paid $9,872 per year. This tuition applied to students taking 12-18 credit hours per semester, and it increased when the number of credit hours surpassed 18.

The school accepts loans, grants and scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are available for undergraduate students, and several of these scholarships are designated specifically for incoming freshmen. Work study is also available.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Terms*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body About 9,500 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students**
Student Housing 10 residence halls available, freshman students are generally required to live on campus for their first year*
Schools and Programs Five schools, 80 undergraduate fields of study, 50 master's degree programs, two education specialist degree programs and 12 doctoral degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study Based on degrees awarded in spring 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts (161)
Bachelor's: Business, Management, Marketing and related fields (2015)
Master's: Education (124)
Doctoral: Education (53)**
Overall Graduation Rate 43% (for students who began studies in 2005)**
Admissions Rate 85% (Fall 2011)**
Entering Class Size 2,707 (Fall 2011)***
First Year Retention Rates 58% of first-year, full-time students beginning studies in Fall 2011**
Middle 50% Percentile SAT/ACT Scores of Admitted Students ACT composite: 17-22; SAT critical reading: 400-510, math: 410-520, writing: 390-490 (Fall 2011)**
Application Due Date June 1 for fall enrollment*
Decision Notification Date Rolling admission, notification usually made within two weeks of receipt of all admission documents*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition In-state undergraduate students enrolled for 12-18 credit hours pay $7,898 per year; interstate and Midwest consortium undergraduate students enrolled for 12-18 credit hours pay $9,872 per year; and out-of-state undergraduate students enrolled for 12-18 credit hours pay $9,872 per year (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available Federal grants: 41%; state or local grants: 57%; school-specific grants: 51%; loans 59% (Fall 2010)***
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 93% (in 2011)**

Sources: *Indiana State University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
  • Phone: 1-800-GO-TO-ISU
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