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Returning Students

Are you a former Redbird who wants to return to Illinois State to finish your degree? Here's what you need to know to become a returning student.


If you have not attended Illinois State for one or more semesters (excluding summer session), you must apply for readmission.

There is no application fee for former Illinois State students applying for the same level of degree.

Seeking a Second Bachelor's Degree

Learn more about the application process.

New Start Program

The New Start program is offered to students who wish to return to Illinois State after being away for a minimum of one year and who left with less than a 2.0 grade point average.

Learn About New Start

Major Requirements

As a former Illinois State undergraduate student, you are automatically admitted into your previous major (if space is available), provided that you were in good academic standing when you left the University.

If you wish to change your major, you must meet minimum grade point average requirements and course prerequisites for admission into some majors.

See all major requirements

Supporting Academic Success

We're ready to help you make a successful transition back to Illinois State. Your academic advisor will be your guide to selecting courses, making sure you're on track in your major, and more.

The Julia N. Visor Academic Center provides services and programs designed to assist students in their pursuit of academic excellence at Illinois State.

  • Group tutoring in general education courses
  • One-on-one writing assistance
  • Workshops to enhance student study techniques and academic skills
  • One-on-one academic coaching
  • Computer lab that provides a quiet and supportive environment for study
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University Housing

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

Places to Live

Living Off-Campus

The Off-Campus Housing Database, offered by the Dean of Students Office, allows you to search for vacant listings managed by private landlords and management companies, as well as roommates.

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