Illinois State’s high graduation rate and alumni earning power, coupled with its average cost, put the University in some elite company on the U.S. Department of Education’s latest College Scorecard.

Out of nearly 700 public, four-year universities in the U.S., Illinois State is one of just 41 schools that can tout such high graduation rates, high alumni earning power, and an average annual cost below $21,000. Other schools on that elite list include University of California, Berkeley; University of Maryland; and the University of Texas at Austin. Illinois State is one of only two Illinois schools on the list.

“The College Scorecard is a particularly useful resource for students and parents,” said Illinois State University Director of Admissions Jeff Mavros. “There is no more credible source for data than the Department of Education, and the fact that these data are for comparative purposes only—without any subjective ranking attached—makes this tool especially helpful to those searching for colleges. We are proud of our commitment to student outcomes, and we are pleased to be in the company of so many great schools across the country.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard allows students and parents to easily compare schools and decide which college makes the most sense when considering the typical costs, average student loan amount, students’ ability to repay their loans, and their future earnings.

Illinois State also stands out for the high percentage of graduates who are paying down their student loan debt on time, a sign they are able to find good-paying jobs after graduation.

Learn more about Illinois State’s College Scorecard by watching the video above.

Future Redbirds are invited to apply now or schedule a campus visit.