Illinois State University

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Illinois State University

University History

Illinois State University was founded in 1857 and it is a public research university. It is the oldest public university in Illinois. In the beginning Illinois State University was founded as a teacher training school. In 1965, the University name was changed to Illinois State University at Normal, and later again in 1968 it was changed to Illinois State University. The university motto is “Gladly we Learn and Teach” from the beginning. Illinois State University is situated in the town of Normal nearly 130 miles from southwest of Chicago. Illinois State University runs as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to provide a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and challenges.

University Programs, Courses and Schools

Illinois State University’s 6 schools and colleges are located in its campus. These campus offers wide learning opportunities and challenges to the students. The 6 

school and colleges the Illinois State University are-

  • College of Arts and Sciences 
  • College of Business 
  • College of Education 
  • Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts 
  • Mennonite College of Nursing
  • College of Applied Science and Technology 

University Notable Alumni

The Illinois State University Alumni has expert alumni from different backgrounds who are there to serve based on their common passion and responsibility towards Illinois State University. Some of the alumni members of Illinois State University are-

  • Dave Horstein, President, Chicago, IL
  • Leah Walton, President-Elect, Westchester, IL
  • Tim Griffin, Secretary, Springfield, IL
  • Karyn L. Aguirre, Chicago, IL
  • Lisa Castleman, Lexington, IL
  • Alyssa Cattaneo, Student Alumni Council President
  • Tyler Clark, Chicago, IL
  • Julia Durnell, Bloomington, IL
  • Christina Fontenelle, Miami, Florida
  • Fellicia Foster, Chicago, IL
  • Liz Garcia, Carpentersville, IL
  • Daniel Jackson, Chicago, IL
  • Joe McGuire, Metamora, IL
  • Mary McMahon, Chicago, IL

University Infrastructure & Services


Illinois State University has seven residence halls for students. The campus is spread across 1,180 acres of land. The Illinois State University campus quadrangle is compact as compared to other large universities, with buildings located close to each other around a rectangular center lawn. The total campus enrollment as of fall 2021 was around 20, 233 students. University consists of a green environment, a big library, sports complex, quadrangle for events and more places which provide an amazing life to students on campus.  


The Illinois State University Milner Library was built in 1976 and plays an important role in the University’s educational and research work. Milner Library has a collection of more than 1.5 million volumes and number of electronic materials accessible by the Internet to students and faculty. The Special Collections in the library include extensive Circus and Allied Arts materials and a children's literature collection that features more than 100 first edition volumes signed by author Lois Lenski. In 2007, the Milner library received the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, an award which is only given to seven libraries nationwide. The Milner Library was named after Angeline "Ange" Vernon Milner (1856–1928), a Bloomington-Normal native and the first full-time librarian at Illinois State Normal University. Library is focused to provide top-notch library resources, programs, and services to the students. They are dedicated towards welcoming the amazing environment for a diverse community of students and faculty. 

Housing services

On-campus- University Housing Services at Illinois State University provides residence halls. There are seven residence halls on-campus. Students can select the room of their choice based on costs, hall facilities, location, availability. Room design vary per hall and include multi-person units, singles, studios, suites and some apartment-style rooms with kitchens for convenient living. Through university’s affinity housing students can live in groups of like-minded students who share the same love for sports, literature, film and course. 

Off-campus- The Housing Services at Illinois State University assists students in finding off-campus housing and roommates. They provide convenient housing to students, faculty and staff nearby university. 

Medical services

 Illinois State University Student Health Services Clinic provides medical services to students. The staff consists of physicians and nurses who are dedicated towards their work and provide high quality medical care to students. The medical services include preventive services, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic medical illnesses, pharmacy, dentistry, diagnostics, immunizations and X-Ray to make life easier at Illinois State University. For scheduling online appointments or for telephonic health service students can call (309) 438-APPT / 438-2778.

Student’s clubs

Illinois State University offers 400+ registered students’ clubs and organization (RSO’s) which provide wide range of opportunities for students to engross themselves. The Student Involvement Center offers everything students need to stay active on campus.  The clubs range from sports clubs to cultural clubs. Some of the clubs are- 

  • Astronomy Club
  • Badminton Club 
  • Baseball Club
  • Bowling Club
  • Business Information Systems Club
  • Capoeira Club
  • Card-Board Game Club 

These are just a few clubs listed above, there are many other options available to choose from. Joining a club is one of the best possible ways to get more out of your time at Illinois State University.

University location

100 N University St, Normal, IL 61761, United States of America

Top Landmarks-

  • Eyestone One-Room Schoolhouse
  • Gamma Phi Circus
  • Planetarium
  • University Golf Course
  • University Farm

International student’s info

Courses Offered-

Illinois State University offers Undergraduate programs, Graduate programs. Some of the courses are-

  • Agriscience
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology - Applied Community and Economic Development
  • Applied Community and Economic Development
  • Applied Economics
  • Electricity, Natural Gas, and Telecommunications Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Information Assurance and Security
  • Internet Application Development
  • Network and Telecommunications Management
  • Systems Analyst
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Writing - Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School

Student Support-

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Illinois State University provides international educational exchange via its services. It serves as the primary administrative, programming, and advising office for the Illinois international community. ISSS provides various services like-

  • immigration assistance and support to international students and exchange visitors through advising, programs, workshops and events.
  • serve as a guide for academic and administrative units in the collaboration, hiring and sponsorship of international students and exchange visitors.
  • provides on-going orientation and support services in a welcoming environment designed to help students in cultural adjustment.
  • helps in building links within the university community through cultural activities and programs.

International Student Contact-

Students can contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at-

Office address-Illinois State University
International Engagement
2nd Floor Fell Hall, Campus Box 6120
Normal, IL 61790-6120

Email- [email protected]

Phone- 309-438-1931

Students can also schedule a meeting with an advisor by calling at- 309-438-1931

Student life

Student Society-

Student organizations or clubs are one of the best ideas to get involved in the campus. Organizations are assembled under an arrangement of causes, identities, and interests. Student organizations at the Illinois State University put on some of the most highly awaited campus events and offer wide range of opportunities for involvement and leadership every year. Illinois State University has over 400+ student organizations, so there is something for each student. 

Health & Wellbeing-

Health and Wellness at the Illinois State University is to highlight the active process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the phase of provocations. It is the initiative dedicated to help students incorporate in an overall well-being experience across campus. They allow students to actively indulge in well-being activities that provide support to a holistic lifestyle. Through this initiative, students will learn and understand resources and they will also learn how to help others in need.

Food & Drink-

Illinois State University has a variety of vibrant food scenes. University’s open dining plan gives students access to food. The plans are designed to fit the busy schedule of students, the plan assists all dietary preferences by providing a wide range of dining options and healthy food options. Students can opt for anything they want at a diverse variety of restaurants and cafes available on-campus.

short term getaways-

There are many short-term getaways near the Illinois State University to have fun like Miller Park Zoo, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, McLean County Museum of History, Constitution Trail, Children's Discovery Museum, 3rd Sunday Market, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Prairie Aviation Museum there are many other options also available to spend holidays and weekends.

Student Safety

Safety and Security at the Illinois State University is at priority. The Illinois State University Police Department (UOPD) patrols the university’s 295-acre campus area and surrounding neighbourhoods by foot, bike, and car. University’s Police Department officers provide 24/7 assistance to deter crime, and to increase personal safety and building security. While walking around campus in the evening, students are encouraged to walk with a friend or in a group to prevent any mishap. The Illinois State University is committed towards providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Famous courses

The famous courses at Illinois State University are- 

  • Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Communication
  • Journalism

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application Form
  • Academic Records
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores


Spring admission- January 4

Fall admissions- August 1

Summer admissions- May 1                        

Illinois State University Programs

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Illinois State University Application Requirements

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IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in United States of America. To be able to get a successful admission in Illinois State University in United States of America students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

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Illinois State University Cost of studies


Undergraduate: USD 26,040

Fees vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

Illinois State University Deadlines

Undergraduate: Summer and Fall- Admission decisions are made on a modified rolling basis. Deadlines are subject to change, Spring-November 1

Graduate: Summer/Fall-May 1, Spring-October 15

Deadlines vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

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(309) 438-2181