Illinois State University


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Illinois State University


  • 82% have a job after 6 months
  • 82% have a job after 1 year
  • 90% have a job after 2 years

In-state Tuition

$8,040 / year

Out-of-state Tuition

$14,730 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

March 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


Special Collections/Rare Book Room: Special Collections houses materials on the circus and allied arts book collection, works of several British and American authors, the Lincoln Collection of Harold K. Sage, subject collections in drama, humor, and history of printing, historical children's literature and textbooks, works from small private presses, 18th and 19th century operatic scores, and limited editions and fine bindings.Map Collection:The Map Collection has major holdings of U.S. and Canadian topographic quadrangle maps, geological maps of many states and countries, aerial photographs, road maps and recreations literature are available.Media Resource Center: The Media Resource Center (MRC) contains non-print materials that cover all subjects taught at ISU. Any patron may listen to or view items in one of the individual carrels equipped with CD, LP, cassette, videotape, slide, 16mm film, filmstrip, or videodisc players. There is also a viewing room for group projects. Non-print reserve materials for classes are also available here.Teaching Materials Center: The TMC contains a representative collection of instructional materials including textbooks, books for children and young adults, and audiovisual materials intended for use by students from preschool through grade twelve. Materials for teachers' professional use include activity books, curriculum guides, teaching aids, publishers' catalogs, and standardized tests.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 1,519,687 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 8,878 current serial subscriptions.
  • 2,133,165 microforms.
  • 52,404 Audio/Visual items.
  • 1,258 e-books.

Museums & Art

University Galleries is one of the largest galleries for rotating displays in the state. Devoted to presenting a wide survey of contemporary art, the galleries have received national recognition for its exhibits in the Village Voice, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the New Yorker. The main focus is creating innovative exhibitions featuring locally, regionally, and nationally known artists working in a variety of mediums, styles, and conceptual approaches. Regularly scheduled exhibitions include Illinois State University faculty, student, and alumni artwork, as well as selections from the permanent collection of over 2,000 twentieth-century paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and objects in glass, metals, wood, fiber, and ceramic. In addition to exhibitions, University Galleries presents extensive educational programs open to the University and general community. Bone Student Center contains restaurants, a bookstore event and bus ticket sales, teller machines and check cashing; study lounge areas; and multipurpose rooms for student activities and programs. Adjacent to the Center are the Bowling and Billiard Center and a 500- space parking lot. Braden Auditorium seats 3,457 on three levels. It is an academic and public service facility and an entertainment center for the University and the community. The Eyestone School Museum, a renovated 1900 one-room school, is located at Adelaide Street and College Avenue. The Stevenson Memorial Room, on the first floor of Stevenson Hall, displays memorabilia of the Stevenson family with particular emphasis on Adlai E. Stevenson II. The President's Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Hovey Hall, features a rotating series of exhibitions highlighting the University's art collections. The Planetarium serves more than 15,000 visitors annually, including grade school and high school students as well as the general public and campus community. More than 250,000 people have visited the planetarium since 1964. This celestial theatre-in-the-round provides a unique environment that is used by astronomy and other University classes. Primary and secondary school students can select from a variety of programs or have special programs tailor-made to suit their specific interests. In addition, regular public shows are scheduled providing a popular form of enriching entertainment. The 30-foot domed structure seats 110 individuals and houses a Spitz A-3P star projector. The star projector and various other multimedia effects are used to recreate the wonders of the universe.



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 2,530 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 111 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 160 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 143 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 12 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 90% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in some of the libraries (excluding computer labs), in all the libraries, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 1,100 students can be on the network at once.



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Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 35% of students live in school housing.
  • The school does not provide assistance for off-campus housing.

Types of housing available

  • In total, there are 13 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 90% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Shared Freshman Movie Experience; Homecoming; Passages/Preview; Alternative Spring Break; Redbird Athletic events; Gamma Phi Circus; Minority Scholars in Residence Program; Red Dog Chili Supper
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station
  • In total, there are about 250 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Alpha Lambda Delta; Alpha Phi Sigma; Beta Alpha Psi - Kappa Delta Chapter; Delta Omicron; Eta Sigma Gamma; Golden Key International Honour Society; Kappa Delta Epsilon; Lambda Pi Eta; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Eta Sigma; Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity; Phi Sigma Society, Beta Lambda Chapter; Pi Delta Phi; Presidential Scholars' Club; Psi Chi; Sigma Delta Pi; Sigma Iota Epsilon (Iota Omicron Chapter); Sigma Tau Delta-Lambda Delta chapter
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Apostolic Christian Youth Group; Association of Christian Ministries; Baptist Collegiate Ministries; Campus Advance; Campus Bible Club; Campus Crusade for Christ; Catholic Student Association; Center of Hope Campus Outreach; City of Refuge Youth Group; Cornerstone Christian Fellowship; Elogeme Adolphi Christian Sorority Inc. ; Encounter; Fellowship Of Catholic University Students; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; God's Squad Christian Ministry; Highway 180; Hillel- Jewish Student Union; Interdenominational Youth Choir; InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; JC Divas; Judah East Outreach Ministries; Judson Baptist Fellowship; Latter Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA); Lutheran Student Movement; Navigators; Orthodox Christian Fellowship; PROTECT (Pagans Reaching Out To Educate Campus- Together!); Shekinah Glory; United Campus Christian Foundation; Wesley Foundation; Wittenberg Lutheran Center
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) African Student Association; Alpha Psi Lambda; Asian Pacific American Coalition; Association of Latin American Students; B lack Graduate Student Association; Black Student Union; Black Writers Forum; Caribbean Student Association; Chinese Student and Scholar Association; European Student Association; Filipino American Student Association; Indian Students Association; Korean Student Association; Muslim Student Association; Native American Student Association; Nippon International Students Association; Taiwanese Student Association; Thai Student Association
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Athletic Coaches for Excellence Club; Collegiate Middle Level Association; Delta Phi Lambda; Druid's Cave; Dynasty; Educating Illinois Student Advisory Council; Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance; Global Review Student Association; Golden Apple Foundation; Illinois News Broadcasters Association; Indy; ISUnix; Law Club; Local Music Union; Mobilizing Activists & Students for Hemp; Motorcycle Club; Music Business Student Organization; National Press Photographers Association; No Rhyme or Reason; People Against the Mistreatment of Animals; People Realizing Individuality and Diversity through Education; Phi Chi Sigma; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; Redbirds Against Drinking D'alcohol; September 11th Student Commission; Student Environmental Action Coalition; Student Environmental Health Association; Student Homecoming Committee; Student Peace Action Network; University Forum Committee; Walt Disney World College Program Alumni Association; WZND Radio; Campus Green Party; College Democrats; College Republicans; Graduate Student Association; Student Government Association; United Students Against Sweatshops; Alpha Phi Omega; Best Buddies; Circle K International; Epsilon Sigma Alpha; Habitat for Humanity; Red Tassel Mortar Board; Students Against Drunk Driving; Up 'til Dawn ; Women's Self-Defense Club; Badminton Club; Black Diamond Dance Troupe; Bloomington/Normal Bujinkan Dojo; Bowling Team; Competitive Dance Team; Computer Games Association; Footbag Union; Hapkido Club; Hockey Club; Karate Club; Lacrosse Club; Medieval Combat Club; Men's Club Volleyball; Men's Rugby; Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Club; Redbird Dodgers; Redbird Paintball Club; Roller Hockey Club; Tae Kwon Do Club; Triathlon Club; Women's Rugby


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Chicago (130), Bloomington (2)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Normal (0)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Bloomington (2)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.


  • School employment is available.
  • 18% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 2,250
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 17 fraternities
  • 13 fraternity houses
  • 7% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 15 sororities
  • 11 sorority houses
  • 8% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
  • Additional Policies

    hazing prohibited

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