About Illinois State University

Ranked the #3 best small town in the US by College Values Online 2022, Bloomington-Normal helps international students flourish. Enjoy the friendly and welcoming culture of the Midwest in one of the hottest job markets in the US with 650+ companies recruiting students on campus. The close proximity to Chicago offers students access to one of the largest cities in the US and many professional opportunities.

A university centered on teaching

Illinois State University is focused on bringing you the best education. 97% of faculty hold the highest degree possible, which means you're learning from professors who've achieved some of the highest honors in their field. With a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you receive a personalized education from professors devoted to teaching and passionate about your learning.

Illinois State has earned high rankings in a wide range of degrees, including #8 in Insurance (U.S. News & World Report 2022), #58 Best IT Programs (Niche.com 2022) and Top 100 Best Graduate Schools in Fine Arts (U.S. News & World Report 2022). The list of remarkable programs doesn't end there. Explore programs in the College of Applied Science and Technology, the College of Business, the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. You can choose to study in 150+ undergraduate majors, 90+ master’s degrees or 10+ doctoral programs.

Meet the faces of Illinois State

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

John Malkovich: An acclaimed actor, director and producer.

Jane Lynch: Actress and celebrity

Michelle Williams: A Grammy-award winning singer in the pop group Destiny’s Child.

Keith Habersberger: Video producer for Buzzfeed Motion Pictures and YouTube personality

Craig Robinson: Actor and TV star of The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine