Jump over the College navigation bar.
students studying on campus

Undergraduate Freshman (First Time in College) Requirements

Online Application

You must answer questions about your academic background and provide demographic information. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 USD that you must pay by credit card when you apply online. Your application will not be processed until the fee has been paid.

Official Academic Records

As a freshman applicant you can email unofficial transcripts for an admissions decision.  If accepted, one transcript in the native language and translated in English by a certified translator, needs to be sent to the Office of Admissions. If your degree certificate or diploma is not included on your academic transcripts, proof of your certificate/diploma is required before you attend.

Declaration of Finances

Federal regulations require you must prove you have financial resources to pay for your first year of study at Illinois State. Your Declaration of Finances are demonstrated by showing an electronic bank statement or letter dated within one year prior to the date classes begin. This documentation is not required when you apply for admission, but we will need it to process your I-20 and acceptance packet.

Official English Language Exam

Non-Native English Speaking Countries

You must submit either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) from a test you’ve taken within the past two years. Also, you are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores, however, these scores may make you eligible for scholarships at the University.

We require the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL internet-based (iBT): 79
  • IELTS overall band score: 6.5

Scanned test scores may be emailed for an admissions decision. If accepted, your official test scores must be sent to Illinois State directly from the TOEFL or IELTS website or confirmed official by the Office of Admissions. 

Native English Speaking Countries

If you are from a native English speaking country, the ACT or SAT score is not required for admission but is optional. Your exam score may make your eligible for scholarships at the University.

English as a Second Language program

International undergraduate applicants who meet all other academic standards for admission but whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the minimum requirements may be admitted to a degree program on the condition that they attend courses at the English Language Institute (ELI) at your own expense. Before starting their degree program, you must improve your English proficiency to the level required to be successful.


Please send an electronic copy of your passport to ensure that we have the correct spelling of your name.

All documents can be emailed directly to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu.

2017-09-25T13:52:55.618-05:00 2017