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Study at Illinois State University

Founded in 1857, Illinois State University is a public university located in Normal, Illinois. It is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state. It was originally formed as a teachers college and later grew to become a university offering a range of programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.

ISU is recognized by the US News rankings as a "National University" which grants a variety of doctoral degrees and strongly emphasizes research. It comprises six colleges:

  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Mennonite College of Nursing
ISU's athletic teams are nicknamed Redbirds. They are members of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The university owns a public radio station, WGLT, and two newspapers - The Daily Vidette and The Indy.

Profile of Illinois State University

Students attend Illinois State in Normal, IL, a small city. The school is a public institution. Illinois State degrees go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in mathematics and drama and performing arts.

Illinois State Selectivity

Illinois State is selective and does not offer open admission.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

There are 20, 274 students at Illinois State .

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Illinois State offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Missouri Valley Conference and Other.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, our scholarship and the connections we build between them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond. "

Illinois State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching1, 025elementary school teaching, special ed, physical education teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, middle school teaching, health teaching, . . .
Liberal Arts836English, history, political science, sociology, economics, Spanish language, liberal arts and sciences, geography, . . .
Business and Management829business management, marketing, finance, accounting, management science, insurance, international business, MIS
Media272mass communication, communication studies, public relations, journalism
Science222biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences
Family and Social Work212family and consumer science, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy197parks and recreation management, exercise science, health and physical education, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counselling190psychology, school psychology, Counselling psychology
Security and Law Enforcement186criminal justice and safety
Engineering Technician162industrial tech
Medical Support and Technology148audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine142registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Computer Science and Engineering123information technology, computer science, computer networking
Drama and Performing Arts94drama, various performing arts
Agricultural Science and Management92agricultural operations, agriculture
Art Studies83art studies
Music52music, music performance
Medical administration41environmental health, occupational health, medical records admin
Fine Arts24fine arts
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy
office and Administration0office management

Contact: Illinois State

Illinois State University

North and School St

Normal, IL 61790-1000

General Phone: (309) 438-2111


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