Students walking to class in winter.
Squirrel hanging on the side of a tree in winter, engaging the viewer.
Fall view of entrance into Schroeder Hall.
Professor holding class on the quad.
Students standing in front of a mural in Uptown Normal.
Two female students talking and smiling.
Professor helping students in a classroom.
Illinois State University sign on bridge over College Avenue.

The Illinois State quad provides a scenic view in all seasons.

A walk to class usually includes an encounter with a friendly squirrel or two.

Our campus is home to historic and state-of-the art facilities.

At Illinois State, learning happens inside and outside the classroom.

Nearby Uptown Normal includes a hub of local restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

A big university with a small college feel, you’ll find our campus to be welcoming and friendly.

With a small student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll get the personalization and support you need.

The College Avenue bridge connects our quad to Milner Library and the Bone Student Center.


Come visit and see why Illinois State University is a place where you want to live and learn.

Close to Everything

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.

Choose your Visit

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.

If accommodations are needed to participate in an event, please contact our office at least 48 hours in advance at (309) 438-2181 or (800) 366-2478.

Daily Campus Visit

2 hours

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 >

ISU student talks with a parent and child visiting campus.

Open House

5-6 hours

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.

View Schedule and Register

Saturday Campus Visit

2 hours

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.

Register for Saturday Visit

ISU student leads a group of parents and students around campus.

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

Virtual Tour

Can’t make the trip? You can still see our beautiful campus from wherever you are.

Other Ways to Visit

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.

See Housing Tour Times

Group Visit

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.

Schedule Group Visit

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.