College comparison worksheet

School Northern Illinois University  Southern Illinois University--Carbondale  Illinois State University  University of Illinois--Chicago 
Public/Private Public  Public  Public  Public 
Founded 1895  1869  1857  1965 
Religious Affiliation No affiliation  No affiliation  No affiliation  No affiliation 
Size 16,341  17,939  17,518  16,374 
Location        
City/State DeKalb, IL  Carbondale, IL  Normal, IL  Chicago, IL 
Setting Suburban  Rural  City  Major City 
Distance from home N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Academics            
Student-to-faculty ratio 18/1  19/1  20/1  13/1 
Full-time faculty 92%  91%  91%  87% 
Classes taught by TAs 12%  N/A  14%  16% 
Classes with under 20 students 44%  39%  27%  34% 
Classes with 50+ students 11%  11%  11%  16% 
Average graduation rate 52%  39%  53%  35% 
Cost        
Private tuition and fees N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Public in-state tuition and fees N/A  $3,936  $4,210  $4,644 
Public out-of-state tuition and fees N/A  $6,801  $10,465  $10,920 
Room/Board N/A  $3,889  $4,116  $6,760 
Financial Aid*            
Students receiving:
   Need-based grants
N/A  43%  33%  N/A 
   Need-based self-help aid N/A  46%  43%  N/A 
   Merit aid N/A  20%  5%  N/A 
Students whose need was fully met N/A  40%  34%  N/A 
Average financial aid package N/A  $6,062  $7,051  N/A 
Average need-based grant N/A  $4,040  $5,046  N/A 
Admissions        
Selectivity Selective  Selective  Selective  More selective 
Acceptance rate 70%  74%  77%  63% 
Number of applicants 13,317  10,716  10,703  10,524 
Average high school GPA N/A  N/A  3.21  N/A 
SAT/ACT (25/75 percentile) 20- 25  20- 243  20- 25  20- 25 
Student Satisfaction        
Freshman retention rate 73%9  67%  74%  73% 
Alumni giving rate 9%  N/A  9%  9% 
Student Body        
Diversity** yes  yes  no  yes 
Fraternity members 11%  4%  13%  1% 
Sorority members 7%  2%  11%  1% 
Students living off campus 65%  76%  60%  90% 
N/A indicates that the school did not provide data to U.S. News in a certain area, or that the data is not applicable
to a particular school, such as in-state or out-of-state tuition for private schools.

*All financial aid data is based on the total number of undergraduates who applied for aid.
**A school is considered diverse if the minority population is greater than the national average of 17 percent.