Illinois State University
Graduation and retention rates among the best in the country
A top 10 college town. More than 150 majors and 400+ student organizations. Look no further—or farther—than Illinois State.
Our students love their four years on campus, and they love the success they find after graduation even more. Illinois State alumni enjoy an earnings potential of $12,000 more than the typical college graduate across the US.
Normal, Illinois, is anything but normal
Illinois State University is located in Normal, Illinois, a safe and active college town that consistently ranks among the best in the nation. Our Uptown District is just steps away from campus and offers a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options, including a 49-mile bike trail winding through town. Our 3,500-seat Braden Auditorium attracts Broadway musicals, pop and country stars, touring variety shows, comedians, and big-name performers.
Redbird proud, Redbird strong
Our last five freshman classes have been larger than those during any five-year stretch in more than 30 years. And it’s no wonder: over the last decade, we’ve ranked among the top 10% of public schools in the country for retention, graduation, and loan repayment rates.
Financial aid and scholarships
We know you’re concerned about making college affordable—so are we. One in three of our Redbirds graduate with no college debt at all. Many different Illinois State University departments, offices, and organizations award scholarships each year, including renewable merit-based Admissions Scholarships.
Illinois State offers peace of mind through our Fixed Tuition Pledge, guaranteeing you the same tuition rate for four years.
Join the circus!
Illinois State is home to the Gamma Phi Circus, the oldest collegiate circus in the United States. Gamma Phi offers athletes, actors, and anyone interested in close camaraderie a once-in-a-lifetime performing opportunity.
Customized Honors experience
We offer students the ability to customize their Honors experience. Each student’s journey through the Honors Program is unique and allows them to maximize their experiences without adding time to their degree.
At Illinois State, our focus on practical experience prepares graduates for the workforce. More than 680 employers come to campus each year looking for interns and employees. Our Career Center assists students in positioning themselves for their dream jobs by providing guidance in creating strong résumés, preparing them for interviews, and assisting with internship placement and career searches. You’re going to love it here! Learn more at illinoisstate.edu.
#112 Best Public Universities in America | U.S. News & World Report
#62 out of all national universities for the institution's contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and public services | Washington Monthly
Retention rate among the highest in the nation at over 83.2%, plus a graduation rate (67.3%) well above the national average
Ranked among the top 10% of "Best Colleges for the Money" | College Factual
Bloomington-Normal ranks as one of the top 5 college towns in America based on its quality of life and among the top 10 for arts and entertainment opportunities.
97% of our professors hold the highest degree possible in their field.
85% of classes are taught by professors.
The average class size is 31 students.
States that border Illinois and qualifying academically gifted students receive in-state tuition.