Street view of the Normal Theater.


Anything but Normal

A great college town that can also jump-start your career - that's Bloomington-Normal.

Explore Our Hometown

Historic Normal Theater in Uptown Normal

Who We Are

We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities.

Quick Facts

  • 20,784 Students

    18,330 undergraduate
    2,454 graduate

  • 1,000+

    out-of-state and international students from 43 states and 67 countries

  • 1 in 5 students

    from underrepresented backgrounds

  • 75% of our students

    receive financial aid

Metrics of Excellence

Top 100 Public University

Illinois State’s academic reputation and high graduation rate rank us No. 83 on U.S. News and World Report’s best public national universities list.

  • High Retention and Graduation Rate

    Illinois State students complete their degrees on time. ISU's retention rate remains among the highest in the nation at over 80 percent, and our high graduation rate (68.8 percent) is 23 percent above the national average.

  • First-Choice Institution

    Illinois State remains a first-choice institution. We have a strong enrollment of more than 20,000 students, while maintaining academic quality and small class sizes.

  • Affordable Education

    Illinois State remains an affordable option. We did not raise tuition or fees this year and disbursed $45 million in merit- and need-based aid and tuition waivers.

  • Bang for the Buck

    We were ranked by College Factual as the 22nd Best College for the Money out of 1,200 schools across the country.