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Illinois State University

Discover Your Passion

With hundreds of degree options, there’s plenty to explore.

Find Your Perfect Fit

Read how alum Dena Peterson played a critical role in the film Loving Vincent.

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Why We're Here

Everything we do is rooted in teaching. It’s our oldest tradition and even our motto. That’s why 93 percent of classes are taught by professors.

Choose from 200+ degrees

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Accepting applications for summer and fall 2018.

Our Rankings

See our Metrics of Excellence and other Points of Pride.

Financial Aid and Costs

Search scholarships and use our Net Price Calculator.

International Students

Learn how to apply and take a virtual campus tour.

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Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State

With your help, current and future generations of Redbirds will soar to advance themselves and the University in ways unprecedented.

Scorecard Star

Only 41 of nearly 700 public U.S. universities have a College Scorecard as strong as Illinois State's, thanks to our high graduation rate and alumni earning power.

Our Campus

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Something for Everyone

You don't have to look far for a student organization perfect for you.

Find Your Niche

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See For Yourself

You’ll find big things on our compact, walkable campus, including our beautiful Quad

Schedule a Visit

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Welcome Home

Campus is only a small part of a vibrant community.

Explore Bloomington-Normal

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Tree Campus USA

Our beautiful quad serves as the soul of campus.

Learn about the Quad

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A Rich History

For over 150 years, numerous traditions have shaped our past and continue to shape our future.

View our Traditions

Student Life

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You're More Than Your Major

You can shape your own experience on campus. Find over 400 student organizations such as greek life, governing, sport clubs, and entertainment. Who Will You Become at Illinois State?

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Explore the World

Study abroad with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. View your possible destinations.

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Make a Difference

Enact social change with Alternatiave Breaks. Find your next opportunity.