Indiana State University


Indiana State University is a public university in the United States. It is categorized by the current Carnegie classification as a doctoral/research university. The university has about 11,494 students at present, of which 9,373 undergraduates and 2,121 postgraduates. It is also the first public university in the state of Indiana which requires freshmen to have a laptop, and offers Dell Latitude E6420 laptops to freshmen with high school GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

Indiana State University wad established in 1865 as the Indiana State Normal School by the Indiana General Assembly. At first, it worked with the core mission to educate elementary and high school teachers. It was renamed for three times, and was given the name Indiana State University by the Indiana General Assembly in 1965. Its main campus, covering over 200 acres, is located on the north side of Terre Haute’s business district.

The university offers degrees in certificate, associate, bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s certificate, master’s, post-master’s certificate, doctorate’s programs, and the average freshman retention rate is 66 percent. About 30 percent of its classes contain fewer than 20 students.

The mission of Indiana State University is:

Indiana State University combines a tradition of strong undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on community and public service. We integrate teaching, research, and creative activity in an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment to prepare productive citizens for Indiana and the world.


Indiana State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ever since 1915, and the most recent accreditation was done in 2010.


Indiana State University comprises five colleges:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences
  2. Donald W. Scott College of Business
  3. Bayh College of Education
  4. College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services
  5. College of Technology

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  2. Education
  3. Health professions and related programs
  4. Social sciences
  5. Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields

Indiana State University has been named as one of the “Best in the Midwest” by the Princeton Review for seven years, and its College of Education’s Graduate Program was named as one of the Top 100 in the States by U.S. News & World Report.

The university is a diverse one, with 75.4 percent students African American, 19.5 percent minority, 8.3 percent multiracial, 8.3 Hispanic and Latino American, 5.8 percent Asian American, and 2.1 percent Native American.


Applicants are required to supply a completed application, official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, military credit, a copy of alien registration card, and $25 application fee. Usually, a response will be received within two weeks of receipt of all the application materials.


The tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year is USD 7,982 for un-state students, and USD 17,206 for out-of-state students, and the room and board may cost about USD 7,990 on average.

At Indiana State University, in Fall 2011, about 71 percent full-time undergraduate students receive certain kind of financial aids. The average aid award is USD9,846. Besides, about 52 percent incoming freshmen received the ISU Laptop Award in the 2011-2012 academic year.

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