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
One transcript in English and one in the native language, verified with fresh seals and signatures, need to be sent directly from each school or university attended.
If you have less than 24 semester hours when you apply, you must submit:
- your official high school transcript;
- your official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS score; and
- your official transcripts for any post-secondary coursework.
If you have more than 24 semester hours when you apply, you must submit your official transcripts for any post-secondary coursework. No high school transcripts are required.
Declaration of Finances
For immigration purposes, you must show you have financial resources to pay for your first year of study at Illinois State. You must also provide a plan for projected support for all remaining years. Your Declaration of Finances verifies you have financial support for your education. This form must be signed and sealed by your bank and submitted with your admissions application. This documentation is not required when you apply for admission, but we will need it to process your I-20.
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
Official TOEFL scores must be sent to Illinois State directly from ETS. The institution code for Illinois State University is 1319.
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.
International 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 their own expense. Before starting their degree program, the student must improve their English proficiency to the level required to be successful.
Please send a copy of your passport to ensure that we have the correct spelling of your name.