College comparison worksheet

School Eastern Illinois University  Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville  Western Illinois University  Northeastern Illinois University  Chicago State University  Northern Illinois University 
Public/Private Public  Public  Public  Public  Public  Public 
Founded 1895  1957  1899  1961  1867  1895 
Religious Affiliation No affiliation  No affiliation  No affiliation  No affiliation  No affiliation  No affiliation 
Size 10,174  N/A  10,192  7,892  N/A  16,341 
Location            
City/State Charleston, IL  Edwardsville, IL  Macomb, IL  Chicago, IL  Chicago, IL  DeKalb, IL 
Setting City  Suburban  Rural  Major City  Major City  Suburban 
Distance from home N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Academics                  
Student-to-faculty ratio 18/1  15/15  15/1  22/1  30/15  18/1 
Full-time faculty 95%  N/A  96%  82%  N/A  92% 
Classes taught by TAs N/A  N/A  6%  N/A  N/A  12% 
Classes with under 20 students 30%  N/A  32%  42%4  N/A  44% 
Classes with 50+ students 5%  N/A  9%  4%4  N/A  11% 
Average graduation rate 68%  32%9  47%  11%9  22%9  52% 
Cost            
Private tuition and fees N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Public in-state tuition and fees $3,368  N/A  $3,274  $2,78912  N/A  N/A 
Public out-of-state tuition and fees $7,876  N/A  $5,458  $7,15712  N/A  N/A 
Room/Board $3,932  N/A  $4,292  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Financial Aid*                  
Students receiving:
   Need-based grants
N/A  N/A  49%  N/A  N/A  N/A 
   Need-based self-help aid 32%  N/A  51%  N/A  N/A  N/A 
   Merit aid 9%  N/A  30%  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Students whose need was fully met 76%  N/A  42%  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Average financial aid package $6,438  N/A  $6,896  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Average need-based grant $1,981  N/A  $3,117  N/A  N/A  N/A 
Admissions            
Selectivity Selective  Selective  Selective  Least selective  Least selective  Selective 
Acceptance rate 71%  86%4  69%  N/A  N/A  70% 
Number of applicants 6,555  N/A  8,140  2,610  N/A  13,317 
Average high school GPA N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A 
SAT/ACT (25/75 percentile) 20- 24  19- 244  19- 24  14- 19  16- 195  20- 25 
Student Satisfaction            
Freshman retention rate 81%  69%4  70%  65%9  63%4  73%9 
Alumni giving rate 8%4  N/A  15%  3%8  N/A  9% 
Student Body            
Diversity** no  N/A  no  yes  N/A  yes 
Fraternity members 19%  N/A  12%  0%  N/A  11% 
Sorority members 17%  N/A  10%  0%  N/A  7% 
Students living off campus 49%  N/A  47%  100%  N/A  65% 
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.