Be in the Heart of it All
With a strong economy and fun culture, our community gives you big opportunities and unique experiences.
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.
out-of-state and international students from 47 states and 74 countries
3 in 10 students
from underrepresented backgrounds
4 in 5 students
receive financial aid
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High Retention and Graduation Rates
Over the past decade, our retention and graduation rates have been in the top 10% in the nation. Our students love their time at Illinois State and complete their degrees on time.
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.
Civically Engaged Campus
Illinois State’s campuswide commitment to our core value of civic engagement has earned us recognition with the Elective Classification for Community Engagement, as an Excellence and Innovation Award for Civic Learning and Community Engagement recipient, and as a Voter Friendly Campus.
Bang for the Buck
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Illinois State as the best value public university in Illinois. We support students while they’re in college—and set them up to succeed after graduation.
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