Illinois State frequently asked questions (FAQ)
If you received an offer letter to be in a Pathway program, it was determined that you have not met the competitive entry requirements for your degree program due to your GPA, prerequisite coursework requirement, language requirement or a combination of these factors. However, we believe that you have great potential to be successful at Illinois State University with the extra support provided by our Pathway programs. The Pathway program allows students to start their chosen degree program while receiving additional support and services such as tutoring, academic advising and classes that prepare international students to be successful in the American education system.
INTO is a university partnership program that provides students with the opportunity to study in the UK, US and Australia. The partnership between INTO and Illinois State University has helped hundreds of students succeed at Illinois State University over the past five years. Through this partnership, our university offers exceptional support services before, during and after your studies with us, so you can concentrate on your success. We also prepare international students to adapt to the educational, social and cultural norms of their host country while pursuing a degree.
Our International Year One (Pathway program) allows you to begin earning credits toward your degree even if you don’t meet the competitive entry requirements of our university. During the International Year One program, you will receive additional support and gain academic skills to succeed throughout your degree, while not adding any time to your degree program. Depending on your English language scores, you’ll enter International Year One through a customized program that lasts one or more semesters.
The courses completed during the Pathway program will count towards your four-year bachelor’s degree at Illinois State. You will be able to graduate at the same time as fellow freshmen. No time is lost! You will have access to specialized tutoring in many subjects designed to support your success. You will have personalized academic advising to ensure your success with your individual study plan.
Yes, if you have not yet submitted or have updated TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores, we can accept them up to four weeks before your program start date.
Our director of recruitment, Whitney Miller, would be happy to speak with you about your offer. You can reach her by email or by requesting a 30-minute face-to-face Zoom call here: firstname.lastname@example.org or https://go.oncehub.com/1ISU
Please include your student ID number and details of your inquiry to help expedite your questions.
The offer letter you received will outline exact instructions on how to confirm your place in the program.
1. Review the offer letter you received. 2. Submit the following documents to email@example.com: completed and signed declaration and acceptance forms, your passport, current visa if applicable, bank statement showing the amount required and Affidavit of Support (document included in offer letter). Quote your Application ID in the subject line of the email. Your ID number can be found in your offer letter (e.g. IN:E1234567Q). 4. Pay your deposit (instructions are in your offer letter).
Yes, scholarships are available. Please speak with your academic counselor if you have not been awarded a scholarship with your offer to see if you qualify.
Scholarships are available. Please speak with your academic counselor if you have not been awarded a scholarship with your offer to see if you qualify. However, federal financial aid is not able to be applied to Pathway programs.
Your confirmation letter outlines important details such as:
- Your start date and study plan - Statement of fees and balance - Illinois State University welcome guide
For students who require a visa:
- Visa support letter - Visa interview tips - INTO PASS service to help you with your student visa process
You can pay your tuition and fees in full through the link found on the last page of your offer letter in the Financial Questions and Answers (Q&A) section. Additional fees might apply for credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) or international money exchange. You can also pay through a bank wire transfer. We do not accept cash payments.
You will receive your University ID (UID) and instructions on how to activate your Redbird account through the personal email given in your application.
Once activated, please check your university email utilizing your activated ULID account at least once a week leading up to the start of the semester to ensure that you are receiving all pre-arrival information.