Our focus on the undergraduate experience attracts students and faculty who want to learn from one another in a close-knit community. Join us!



8%of our professors hold the highest degree possible in their field.
93%of classes are taught by professors.
The average class size is33students.

States that border Illinois and qualifying academically gifted students receive in-state tuition.
24% of undergraduates are from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
Students come from
46 states and 72 countries to attend Illinois State.

Whether it’s exciting Division I athletics, our 165 majors, or opportunities for leadership and fun in one of our 465 registered student organizations or 40 intramural/sport clubs, we have what you’re looking for in a college. Plus, you don’t have to give up the personal relationships of a small college to enjoy these big-school advantages.

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 37-mile trail winding through town. The 3,500-seat Braden Auditorium has attracted Broadway musicals, pop and country stars, touring variety shows, comedians, and big-name performers. 

Redbird proud, Redbird strong
Our last four freshman classes have been our largest in three decades, and it’s no wonder: we rank among the top 10% of all schools in the country for retention rate, graduation rate, and loan repayment rate.

Financial aid and scholarships
We know you’re concerned about making college affordable—so are we. More than 82% of our students receive financial assistance to help make their college dream a reality. Many different Illinois State University departments, offices, and organizations award scholarships each year, including the renewable merit-based Admissions Scholarships.

Illinois State offers peace of mind through our Fixed Tuition Pledge, guaranteeing 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 and one of only two still in existence. Gamma Phi offers athletes, actors, and anyone interested in the close camaraderie of performing a once-in-a-lifetime 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.

Career placement
At Illinois State, our focus on practical experience prepares graduates for the workforce. More than 600 employers come to campus each year looking for interns and employees. Our Career Center assists students in positioning themselves for their dream job by providing guidance in creating a strong résumé, interview preparation, and assisting with internship placement and career searches. You’re going to love it here! Learn more at illinoisstate.edu.

You’re going to love it here! Apply now!