Parents and Families

First things first: Congratulations! Your student is about to make one of the biggest decisions of his or her life—where to go to college. Reaching this step is an accomplishment worth celebrating.

We're proud to be on your list of schools under consideration. We're ready to help your family make an informed decision, because there's never been a better time to be a Redbird.

Quick Facts

  • Top 100 Public University

    Illinois State is one of U.S. News & World Report's Top 100 public schools.

  • Top 10% Graduation Rate

    Our high graduation rate is better than 90 percent of schools.

  • College Scorecard Stars

    Our average cost and high alumni earning potential puts us in the Top 6% of four-year public universities.


Find out what your student needs to do to be admitted to Illinois State.


There are many ways to visit our beautiful, historic campus in Normal, just a short drive from Chicago, St. Louis, and other big cities.

Your Investment

An Illinois State education is one of the best investments your student can make for his or her future. We're here to help you and your family navigate the process.

Supporting Your Student

As a parent or other family member, you play a vital role in the success of your student at Illinois State.

Dean of Students office Grad Assistants and LJ the vice president of student affairs

Parent and Family Services

Part of the Dean of Students Office, provides you with support that keeps you informed and connected with Illinois State University.

Stay Connected

Dads cheering at a football game

Family Weekend

One of our best fall traditions, this is a great opportunity to meet your student's faculty and friends and spend time on campus. Special events include entertainment and Redbird football.

Plan Your Visit

Siblings playing ping pong in the Bowling and Billiards center

Sibling Weekend

Every spring our students can invite their brothers and sisters to campus for a weekend of all-ages fun, including the Gamma Phi Circus spring shows.

View Weekend Events

Plates of chocolate cake at the dining center

Dining Treats

Whether it is good luck wishes, a birthday, holiday or special event, or just because, students always appreciate a homemade cookie, brownie, cake or other sweet treat

Send a Treat

Student checking her grades on her smartphone

Student Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

Understand FERPA

Campus Life

When your student becomes a Redbird, you become a Redbird too.


Illinois State is committed to a campuswide approach to safety, security, and the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.

Housing and Dining

From Themed Living-Learning Communities to student leadership opportunities, our residence halls are so much more than just a place to live.

Illinois State requires students to live in university housing their first two years out of high school.


Find out when your student will be home for break, or what events are happening while you're visiting us.

Redbird Gear

Is your family joining the Redbird family? Then it's time to get some Redbird gear. Visit one of our Official University Partners.