Illinois State University

Normal, IL

Illinois State University

Normal, IL

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Undergrad Transfer

A top transfer destination in the state of Illinois

Looking for a top 10 college town, more than 150 majors, and 400+ student organizations? Look no further—or farther—than Illinois State University. 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 typical college graduates across the US.

Normal, Illinois, is anything but normal
The University is located in Normal, Illinois, a safe and active college town that consistently ranks among the best in the nation. The 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 other big-name performers. 

Financial aid and scholarships
We know you’re concerned about making college affordable—and so are we. One in three of our Redbirds graduate with no college debt at all. Many different 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 for four years.

Join the circus! 
The University 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. 

Career placement
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


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Ranked #112 among the “Top Public Universities” in the nation | U.S. News & World Report

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Ranked #62 among national universities for social mobility, research, and public service | Washington Monthly

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Retention rate among the highest in the nation at over 83.2%, plus a graduation rate (67.3%) well above the national average

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Ranked among the top 10% of “Best Colleges for the Money” | College Factual


Top College Town

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.

Transfer Redbirds

One of our 400+ student organizations you can join is Transfer Redbirds. In an effort to ensure personal and professional success of all Illinois State University transfer students, the group helps students acclimate to their new environment and fosters connections between members and university programs, organizations, and resources. The organization also advocates for and represents the needs of transfer students to university leadership. Get acclimated to your new home and have a lot of fun! (Watch the video below for more information on the Transfer Redbirds!) 

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