Whether you're currently serving in the military or have served previously, we're ready to help you make the transition to Illinois State.
Military Friendly School
Illinois State was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
450+ Military-Connected and Veteran Students
We're proud to enroll and support so many military-connected Redbirds.
If you have never attended a community college (not including your service-affiliated community college) or other college or university.
If you have ever enrolled at a community college (not including your service-affiliated community college) or other college or university.
If you ever previously enrolled at Illinois State as an undergraduate student.
If you have received a bachelor's degree and you plan to pursue a couple of courses or a graduate program/degree at Illinois State.
Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) for Army Enlistees (Future Soldiers) is a partnership between participating colleges and universities, the Army Recruiting Command, and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). This program allows Future Soldiers enlisting in the Army or Army Reserve to declare their intent to enroll at a college or university at the time of their enlistment. ConAP’s intent is for Soldiers to transition directly from the Army or Army Reserves to their ConAP-selected college and puts Soldiers on track to utilize Army education benefits.
As a Future Soldier, your Army or Army Reserve recruiter can provide specific instructions on how to enroll in ConAP. Admission is deferred until completion of active duty service (after Basic and Advanced Individual Training for the Army Reserve). Please note, individuals must meet admission requirements in effect at the time of their enrollment and provide a Member 4 copy of their DD Form 214 (honorable discharge is required). Illinois State has a dedicated Veteran Admissions Liaison who serves at the University’s ConAP point of contact. This individual will acknowledge all Future Soldier ConAP requests and provide follow-up information regarding the admissions process.
Federal, state, and University financial aid programs are available to cover your cost of attendance—and veterans and active duty service members from out-of-state are eligible for in-state tuition.
There are 400+ registered student organizations at Illinois State, including one just for military-connected Redbirds.
Call (309) 438-2181 or email VetAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu to reach the Office of Admissions’ designated representative for Veterans and individuals still serving. The representative can assist you with the application process, provide referral for admissions counseling, and coordinate other University resources, such as educational benefits and disability accommodations.