Illinois State University

Normal, IL

Illinois State University

Normal, IL

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Undergrad Transfer

Illinois State University is a top transfer destination in the state of Illinois.

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. 

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. 

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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#104 Best Public Universities in America | U.S. News & World Report

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#62 out of all national universities for the institution's contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and public services | washington Monthly

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ISU's retention rate remains among the highest in the nation at over 83.2%, and our high graduation rate (67.3%) is well above the national average.

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

Transfer Redbirds

One of the 400+ student organizations you can join is Transfer Redbirds. In effort to ensure personal and professional success of all Illinois State University (ISU) transfer students, the purpose of Transfer Redbirds is to acclimate students to their new environment and foster 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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