Female student using video camera for TV10.


Who We Are

Diversity is a core value at Illinois State. We foster an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice.

Our Core Values

Meet Our Students

  • Nationally

    from 47 U.S. States & territories

  • Globally

    from 67 countries

  • 1 in 5 students

    from traditionally underrepresented groups

  • 94.6% of freshman

    with disabilities using accommodation services returned sophomore year

Emma Lynn portrait.

Being in a space with so many amazing and passionate people has allowed me to learn so much more about activism, and even myself.

High Expectations

Graduation rates for our African American and Hispanic students far exceed the national average. Our overall graduation rate is in the Top 10% nationwide.

Raven Nance portrait.

The Black Colleagues Association scholarship made a huge difference in my life. I have no loans to repay. Receiving the scholarship money every year definitely helped with that.

In the Classroom

Creating STEM stars

Underrepresented students who want to pursue science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers are paired with faculty mentors.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Academic Programs

Where You Live

Where You Live

We encourage diversity in our on-campus residence halls. That starts by not considering race or religious views when pairing roommates. Diversity Statement.

Diversity Coalitions

Gain valuable leadership experience.

Guest speaker, Sonia Manzano

Cultural Dinners

Meet inspiring celebrity guest speakers.


Lavender Graduation

Each spring we celebrate our graduating LGBTQ+ and allied students at a special recognition ceremony, another step toward a more inclusive campus.