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About Illinois State University

A campus at the center of it all

Illinois State University is located in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, which has been ranked in the Top 10 College Towns in the US by the American Institute for Economic Research. International students at Illinois State can enjoy the friendly and welcoming culture of the Midwest while also being in one of the hottest job markets in the US. The state of Illinois is ranked fourth in the nation for the most Fortune 500 company headquarters. The campus’ close proximity to Chicago offers students access to one of the largest cities in the US as well as many professional opportunities.

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A university centered in teaching

As Illinois’ first public university, Illinois State has gained a reputation for excellence over the years. The university is ranked in the Top 100 Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report for its academics, affordability and high-quality research. You can choose to study in 165 undergraduate majors, 94 master’s degrees or 10 doctoral programs. Our faculty focuses on integrating traditional methods with emerging innovative ideas to bring you the best possible education. When you attend Illinois State, you will have the opportunity to participate in meaningful research, civic engagement, artistic expression and gain experience in your field both inside and outside the classroom.

Illinois State serves as an alma mater to many notable alumni including:

  • Donald McHenry: A 1957 Illinois State alumni who went on to serve as ambassador and US representative to the United Nations. He was also a member of President Carter’s cabinet.
  • John Malkovich: An acclaimed actor, director and producer.
  • Michelle Williams: A Grammy-award winning singer in the pop group Destiny’s Child.

Your new home: INTO Illinois State

With more than 70 countries represented on campus, the INTO Illinois State center feels like a second home to international students from each corner of the world. The center is a learning community where you can find the support you need to succeed. At the INTO Illinois State center and at the university's Office of International Studies and Programs, you will meet dedicated staff ready to assist you in anything you may need including: housing, visa questions and academic support. We also organize social events so you can meet new friends.

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