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.