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10 stats about Illinois State that will blow your mind

10 stats about Illinois State that will blow your mind

ISU general signage

With more than 20,500 students, 3,500 employees, and nearly 190,000 alumni, there are bound to be some interesting stats out there when it comes to campus life at Illinois State.

So here at STATEside, we teamed up with the University’s Planning, Research, and Policy Analysis (PRPA) unit to find 10 stats about Illinois State will blow your mind—or at least make you say, “Wow.”

PRPA, by the way, provides information, analysis, and planning support to assist in decision-making that advances the University’s mission. For more from PRPA, check out their latest newsletter, Purpose.

Students at Commencement

THE OLDEST STUDENT TO EARN AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE LAST YEAR WAS OVER 70; THE YOUNGEST WAS ONLY 19.

Redbird baby gear

THE MOST COMMON BIRTHDAYS OF STUDENTS (AS OF LAST SEMESTER) WERE JULY 17 AND MAY 3—BOTH WITH MORE THAN 80 BIRTHDAYS. THE RAREST ARE FEBRUARY 29, OCTOBER 31, AND JANUARY 1.

Flags hang inside Bone

STUDENTS FROM 66 COUNTRIES (OUTSIDE THE U.S.) WERE ENROLLED AT ILLINOIS STATE LAST SEMESTER.

cell phone

THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES CONNECTED TO THE ISU NETWORK IS ABOUT 32,500 PER DAY, WITH MOST (20,000) CONNECTING THROUGH THE WIRELESS NETWORK.

Student at Education Career Fair

A student meets with a potential employer at the Education Career Fair.

LAST SEMESTER, THE TOP 5 MOST POPULAR UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS AT ISU WERE ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (5.9 percent of students), SPECIAL EDUCATION (5.8 percent), BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (4.7 percent), MARKETING (3.9 percent), AND ENGLISH (3.6 percent).

BACK 25 YEARS AGO, IN 1987, THE TOP 5 MAJORS WERE ACCOUNTING (7.8 percent of students), ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (7.1 percent), BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (5.9 percent), FINANCE (4.5 percent), AND MARKETING (4.5 percent).

Reggie Redbird shakes hands

And no, Reggie doesn’t count.

THE LONGEST CONTINUALLY SERVING ISU EMPLOYEE (AS OF LAST SEMESTER) HAS WORKED HERE FOR 46.7 YEARS. AS IF YOU COULDN’T TELL, THAT’S WELL ABOVE THE AVERAGE YEARS OF SERVICE (9.2 YEARS) FOR AN EMPLOYEE.

Illinois State's latest conference championship: the women's golf team.

Illinois State’s latest conference championship: the women’s golf team.

ILLINOIS STATE HAS EARNED 149 MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN VARIOUS SPORTS, INCLUDING 12 CONFERENCE ALL-SPORTS TITLES. THE REDBIRDS HAVE ALSO EARNED SIX GATEWAY ALL-SPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Students walk in snow

THERE ARE 30 MILES OF SIDEWALKS ON CAMPUS, AS WELL AS 200 SETS OF OUTSIDE STEPS, THAT HAVE TO BE CLEARED OF SNOW.

Doug Collins dribbles

ISU basketball star Doug Collins competed in the controversial 1972 Olympics in Munich.

TEN ISU STUDENTS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE OLYMPICS; ADDITIONALLY, ONE PERSON PARTICIPATED WHILE COACHING AT ILLINOIS STATE.

Students at Festival ISU

Students meet-and-greet with RSOs at Festival ISU.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 300 REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (RSOs) AT ILLINOIS STATE.

Ryan Denham can be reached at rmdenha@IllinoisState.edu.