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We are currently accepting freshman applications for the spring 2017 semester. The fall application will open September 1. Apply now.

Strong and Steady

There's never been a better time to be a Redbird. That's why our last three freshman classes have been our largest in three decades.

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Thanks to our high graduation rate and affordability, we're one of just 94 schools in the new Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

Solar Car Team

Our students hone their science, engineering, and technology skills while competing in races around the world. Meet the award-winning team.

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Our College of Fine Arts is home to 50+ student organizations and ensembles—many open to Redbirds from any major. Get involved in the arts!

Illinois State News

Our Newest Redbirds: Chicago native finds power in education article thumbnailOur Newest Redbirds: Chicago native finds power in educationKharisma Thomas said she spent thousands of hours on Illinois State’s website. A bit of an exaggeration, but she’s that excited about starting her first year on campus. ...
Our Newest Redbirds: Chasing her passion all the way from Alaska article thumbnailOur Newest Redbirds: Chasing her passion all the way from Alaska“Science is what I want to do and is my passion,” said Elise Webber from Homer, Alaska, who started her freshman year this fall at Illinois State University. ...
Our Newest Redbirds: Leaving your college town for college article thumbnailOur Newest Redbirds: Leaving your college town for collegeChampaign native Beth Geistlinger broke with family tradition, packed up the family car, and headed northwest on Interstate 74 to become a Redbird. How in the world did that happen? ...
Our Newest Redbirds: Perfect choice after two perfect ACT scores article thumbnailOur Newest Redbirds: Perfect choice after two perfect ACT scoresGetting a perfect 36 score on your ACT exam is really, really hard. Illinois State University incoming freshman Griffin Megeff did it twice. ...
Our Newest Redbirds: First-generation nursing student makes family proud article thumbnailOur Newest Redbirds: First-generation nursing student makes family proudNot many students pack a stethoscope for their freshman year in college. But Enrique Rocha did. It was a special gift for the nursing major from his aunt in Mexico, who recently retired from nursing. ...

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