Stop by and see what makes our campus and community a great place to learn and fun place to live.
Illinois State is located in the town of Normal in central Illinois, just a short drive from Chicago, St. Louis, and other big cities. Learn more about Normal and Bloomington, our next-door neighbor.
We love to meet prospective students to answer questions and show off our beautiful campus. That's why we offer a variety of visit options. However, some visit dates are especially popular and fill up fast. We recommend making your reservation early due to space availability.
Experience campus while enjoying a student-led walking tour, usually including a residence hall. Tours begin at the Office of Admissions most weekdays throughout the year.
Optional Sessions >
Hosted several times throughout the year, take a tour of campus and our residence halls while meeting fellow students. Learn about our majors, campus life, and the admissions process.
Held on select Saturdays from September through April, these student-led walking tours begin at the State Farm Hall of Business and usually include a residence hall tour.
Transfer Student Visit
- 90 minutes
- Held every Friday
- Admissions presentation, student-led walking tour of campus; optional residence hall tour
Graduate School Visit
- Schedule through email at your convenience
- Meet with your intended graduate program
- Tour campus with a student from your program or the Graduate Student Advisory Committee
Can’t make the trip? You can still see our beautiful campus from wherever you are.
Residence Hall Tours
Daily Campus Visits and Open Houses typically include a residence hall tour option. You may visit all residence halls during certain hours Monday through Saturday. Additionally, a show room is available during these times in the Community Center of the Cardinal Court student apartment complex, which houses primarily sophomores.
Group visits are a great opportunity to introduce your group of high school or community college students to Illinois State University. The typical visit includes a 20-minute presentation from an Admissions representative and a 90-minute walking tour of campus.
Admissions Presentation in Spanish
This two-hour group session includes a presentation mostly in Spanish by an admissions counselor, a student-led walking tour of campus, and a residence hall tour. Space is limited.
Una Visita en Español
Esta sesión de dos horas incluye una presentación dada por un consejero de admisión (en español), un recorrido a pie del campus dirigido por un estudiante, y un recorrido de un edificio de residencia. El espacio es limitado.
City of Chicago Visit
We're just a short drive or train ride from Chicago, but if you can't make the trip, we'll come to you. Group presentations are available on selected dates at Illinois State's office in downtown Chicago.
Meet with Admissions Counselor
If you are unable to participate in any of the above visit options, you may schedule an appointment with an admissions representative.