• Year of establishment: 1857
  • Total students: 20,784
  • International students: around 3%, from 69 countries
  • School area: 1000+ acres
  • Address: 100 N University St., Normal, IL 61761, United States
  • Website: https://illinoisstate.edu/

Illinois State University (ISU) is a public research university in Normal, Illinois. ISU was established in 1857 and went by the name of Illinois State Normal University and have been one of the largest public university in this state.

The main campus is located in Bloomington – Normal with more than 20,784 students and ranked as one of the top 40 College Towns based on the living conditions, and also one of the 10 cities for entertainment and art opportunities. The campus is 2-hour away from Chicago, and as a small town, students can find the needed services with ease. Students can easily travel to convenience stores, restaurants, parks, or cinemas,…

Programs at ISU

Level of Study

  • 165+ Bachelor’s Degree Program
  • 90+ Master’s Degree Program
  • 10 Doctorate Degree Program
  • Foundation and English Programs, Interdisciplinary Program

Fields of Study

  • Agricultural and Environmental
  • Art
  • Media
  • Business & Finance
  • Human Studies & Language
  • Nursing & Health
  • Politics & Laws
  • Education
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Social & Culture
  • Information Technology

Popular courses

  • Business & Management
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Laws
  • Medical
  • Hospitality & Tourism

Top reasons for choosing ISU

One of the top public universities

  • Top 100 Public Universities in the USA according to US News & World Report 2022
  • Study rate of 84,2%
  • The graduation rate is above the state average of 23%
  • 97% of lecturers own a high degree and experience working in the education field.
  • 680+ companies hire students to work on the school campus.

Diverse community

  • With 20,784 students and more than 1000 international students coming from 69 different countries, ISU is a multicultural community, allowing students to experience a delightful time for the whole journey here.

Affordable tuition fees – numerous scholarships

The tuition fees and living expenses are the most affordable among other universities. There are a wide variety of scholarships available from Foundation to Bachelor and Master.


  • Bachelor’s Degree: 27,900USD/year – The living cost of 10,780USD/year
  • Pathway: 17,120USD (1 semester); 29,760USD (2 semesters); 38,690USD (3 semesters) – living cost is 7,480USD for each semester.

*Estimated cost, please contact ISA more further information.

Scholarship and Financial Support

Undergraduate International Admissions Scholarship

  • Value: up to $20,000
  • Eligibility: GPA 3.0

Graduate International Admission Scholarship

  • Value: up to $10,000
  • Eligibility: GPA 3.5

Presidential Scholarship

  • Value: $11000
  • Eligibility: GPA 3.75

Young America International Scholarship

  • Value: $5,000