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Academics

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Point of Pride

Illinois State ranks among the Top 100 best national public universities based on academic quality and student success, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Make a Smooth Transition

We're the only university in Illinois with advisors specially trained to work with first-year students. That's one reason why 81% of our freshmen return for sophomore year.

Our Faculty

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Solar Leaders

Professor Jin Jo from Illinois State’s Center for Renewable Energy works with the U.S. Department of Energy to bring solar power to college campuses.

Faculty Quick Facts

  • 18-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 93% of classes are taught by professors rather than graduate assistants
  • 98% of professors hold highest degree in their field
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Honors Program

Exceptional learning for exceptional learners

  • 100% of freshman earn scholarships
  • Priority registration
  • Research and travel opportunities

Customize Your Experience

Roamin' Redbirds

Go beyond our campus and join Generation Study Abroad. Choose from 90 academic programs in 47 countries—many trips led by our faculty.

STATE Your Adventure

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Change The World

Civic engagement is a core value at Illinois State. We’re one of only 50 U.S. colleges to be named a Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Leadership Institution.