Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois, United States
Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information).



Illinois State University is Illinois' first public university, founded in 1857. The University enrolls students from throughout Illinois, 40 other states, the District of Columbia, and 61 other countries. Students are mentored by a faculty that includes numerous teacher-scholars recognized at national and international levels, and all are dedicated to superior teaching.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment


Organized Centers and Offices

  • Applied Social Research Unit: Data collection/analysis to improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Center for Adoption Studies: Research and training that informs adoption policy and practice.
  • Center for Mathematics, Science & Technology: Integrated teaching/learning of mathematics, science, and technology.
  • Center for Reading and Literacy: Service and research that develops various reading literacies.
  • Center for the Study of Educational Policy: Research promoting systemic and sustainable education reform strategies.
  • Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies: Entrepreneurial student service-learning opportunities and consulting for small businesses.


The Career Center helps students to develop effective job search skills and strategies, and seeks to connect students with employers seeking candidates for full-time positions, internships, professional practice experiences, and part-time jobs.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (3)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Humanities (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)


Student services

As an Illinois State student, you are promised a rich educational experience that reaches beyond classroom borders. The staff is committed to working with you to enrich your quality of student life so that you can live this promise through values that are the core of Student Affairs at Illinois State University: Integrity, Compassion, Creativity, Diversity, and Relationships

Housing services

On-campus housing is the best way to get a feel for the American student experience. You will likely have a roommate. Your building will have a computer lab, fitness center, dining options, laundry facilities, elevators, and air conditioning. All first year, undergraduate students live on campus at Illinois State. Living on campus helps international students get involved in the campus community, adjust to American life, and perform better in their classes.

Many international students who live on campus choose to live in International House, a multicultural living and learning community for American and international students.

Library services

The library at Illinois State Normal University opened in 1890, thirty-three years after the opening of the university. The present building is named in honor of Angeline Vernon Milner, who was the first university librarian from 1890-1928.

Milner’s collections include:

  • 1,622,355 print volumes
  • 81,448 electronic serial titles
  • 1,927 print journal titles

ICT services

Computer workstations:

  • 84 public workstations
  • 63 classroom workstations
  • 110 computer lab workstations
  • 30 laptops

Medical services

Maintaining your health will be an important goal so that you can complete your study program successfully. Since healthcare in the United States can be very expensive, all international students should have medical insurance so that you (and any family accompanying you) are covered for illnesses and emergencies that may arise.

Student Life

Campus life

Illinois State University’s campus is in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal near the geographic center of the state, 137 miles southwest of Chicago and 164 miles northeast of St. Louis. Interstates 74, 55, and 39; U.S. Route 150; and Illinois Route 9 intersect in Bloomington-Normal, creating a transportation hub. An Amtrak passenger station is just two blocks from the University.

Student clubs

Whether it's cheering on Redbird athletic teams or becoming a leader in the Student Government Association, getting involved in campus activities is key to enjoying your college experience. By joining a registered student organization or "RSO," you'll broaden your perspective, expand your social circle, and maybe even choose your major or career based on your experience.


Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Normal, Illinois, United States

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