Illinois State University Normal IL

Illinois State University

Fast Facts

  • School Size

    Large

  • Tuition

    $30,000—$35,000 Year

  • Affiliation

    Public

  • Type of School

    University

  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students

    Yes

  • Conditional Admission Available

    Yes

  • Top Programs

    Business, Education, MBA

  • Setting

    Small/College town, Suburban

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment

  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 6.5 +, TOEFL: 79+

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Students and scholars from around the world study at Illinois State University, sharing diverse viewpoints and enriching our campus community. Illinois State is a public university offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 160 fields of study.

Location

The University is located in the center of the United States in the vibrant, twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal and has a student population of around 20,000. The metropolitan area, with a population of 150,000, has a small-town feel, but is a short distance from major cities like Chicago and St. Louis. Our campus is 970 acres with four distinct seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Academic Programs

We offer degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields of study, including information technology, computer science, communication, mathematics, business administration, teacher education, biology, and much more. Illinois State faculty and staff develop strong partnerships with industry leaders to help graduates get jobs in their fields.

Faculty and Students

Students receive individualized attention from professors, 96 percent of whom hold the highest degrees in their field. 70 percent of our undergraduate courses have 30 of fewer students and 95 percent have less than 100 students. With an annual enrollment of 18,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, the student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1 shows our commitment to small class sizes and ensures you receive the individual attention you need.

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Admission to Illinois State

Illinois State's admission requirements vary depending on your previous education. International students can submit an application online. The following documents are required for international admission:

Official Academic Records - One transcript in English and one in the native language, verified with fresh seals and signatures, need to be sent directly from each school attended.

Declaration of Finances – You must show you have financial resources to pay for your first year of study at Illinois State. Your Declaration of Finances verifies you have financial support for your education.

Official English Language Exam - If you are not a native English speaker, you may take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

We require the following minimum TOEFL scores:
Paper-based: 550
Computer-based: 213
Internet-based (iBT): 79
For IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required.
Official scores need to be sent to Illinois State directly from the testing center which administered the test.

Passport – Please send a copy of your passport to ensure that we have the correct spelling of your name.

Please visit our website for more information and to apply online.

English Language Institute

For students who need to improve their English language skills before starting a degree program, our English Language Institute provides an Intensive English Program that prepares students to use English effectively in an academic setting. Students take 20 hours of courses each semester in small classes of 7 to 10 students. The classes integrate academic development with training in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Financing your Education

Studying in the U.S. can be costly for international students no matter what university you choose. Before Illinois State can help you get a visa, you must provide proof of financial resources for at least one academic year. There are options available to supplement your funding. Learn more on our website.

Undergraduate
Tuition and fees
(based on 12 semester hours for two semesters)
$20,235
Housing and meal plan
(9 months in double occupancy residence hall room with unlimited meal plan)
$9,850 
Books, supplies, and personal expenses
(estimated)
$3.302
Total $33,387

 

Graduate
Tuition and fees
(based on 9 semester hours for two semesters)
$16,515 
Housing and meal plan
(9 months in double occupancy residence hall room with unlimited meal plan)
$9,850
Books, supplies, and personal expenses
(estimated)
$3,302 
Total $29,667

 

Office of International Studies

The friendly staff in the Office of International Studies will help you get settled in and support you throughout your time at Illinois State. Staff will help coordinate your arrival to campus, answer questions about immigration, and ensure a successful transition to the University. You will arrive on campus a week before classes start for an orientation program. You will meet new people; register for classes; and receive important information about housing, food, bills, banking, health care, health insurance, and immigration.

Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Illinois State University
Office of Admissions 201 Hovey Hall
Campus Box 2200
Normal IL 61790-2200
P: 309.438.2181
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