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Illinois State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,035 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 8 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Missouri Valley Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $166,737)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $80,570)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 48 49 Yes Yes
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 22 17 Yes Yes
Football 101 - - -
Golf 11 12 - -
Gymnastics - 19 - -
Soccer - 28 Yes Yes
Softball - 21 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving - 38 - Yes
Tennis 8 11 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 21 Yes Yes
Bowling - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.5%
Hispanic 4.3%
Non-resident alien 1.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.6%
Two or more races 0.1%
White/non-Hispanic 82.2%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 146
Liquor Law Violation 19
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 44

Notable Alumni

  • Donald McHenry (Class of '57), Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • Doug Collins (Class of '73), NBA player, U.S. Olympic Basketball Team member
  • Felissa R. Lashley, PhD (Class of '73), The first nurse to be certified as a PhD medical geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics
  • Gary Cole, Actor best known for his roles in Pineapple Express and Office Space
  • Jane Lynch, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress best known for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on the Fox series Glee
  • John Malkovich (Class of '76), Actor, two-time Academy Award nominee
  • Laurie Metcalf (Class of '76), Actress, three-time Emmy Award-winner for her role as Jackie on Roseanne
  • Robert Wagner (Class of '02), A member of USA Today's All-USA College Academic Second Team
  • Sean Hayes, Emmy award-winning actor who starred as Jack McFarland on the NBC series, "Will & Grace"
  • Suzy Bogguss (Class of '80), Award-winning country/western singer and songwriter
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Tiffani from Chicago, IL
  • 5
  • i had the best 2 years of my life in the dorm. you meet so many different people from different cultures, but they are here for the same reason…

  • Feb-16-2012 Read More
  • Taber from Antioch, IL
  • 5
  • Living in the dorms at ISU is an amazing experience. Living among your friends soon feels like living among your family. The residential services strive to comply to any and…

  • Apr-27-2012 Read More
  • Carolyn Jackson, Dekalb IL
  • 4
  • 4- It depends what dorm building you are staying in. Hewitt-Manchester and Tri-Towers are renovated so they are nice. However Watterson and South side were not renovated so they were…

  • May-18-2012 Read More
  • Amber from Chicago, IL
  • 4
  • I was in an overflow room (lounge) with three other girls. It can be a difficult thing to deal with but we manage to get along majority of times. Otherwise,…

  • Sep-15-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Brock from Lake Villa, IL
  • Jun-17-2014 I am a current student here

    I am very impressed with the food provided by the university. They have a wide variety of cuisine, and most of it is high qualify. Over the course of the year, you will have tried nearly everything, and you will have to eventually get creative with what meals you make.

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  • 5
  • Chun-Ju from Bartlett, IL
  • Feb-04-2014 I am a current student here

    Watterson is the place to live. It's the dorm that's closes to most of your classes and the dining hall is right in the building.

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  • 3
  • Rachel from Aledo, IL
  • Feb-01-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining center food gets old after a while but it isn't bad. We have a variety of choices at both dining centers that try and accommodate for all tastes.

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  • 3
  • Sarah from Freeport, IL
  • Jan-24-2014 I am a current student here

    The food will seem amazing at first but after awhile it just gets old and you'll miss your mom's cooking. In that case just use your Flex dollars and get McAllister's, Einstein's, Burger King, or Subway. That helps. In the dining center chicken strips are basically the best thing to eat. You can always tell if there's good food when there's a long line. Holiday meals are pretty great though.

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  • 3
  • Roshaunda from Tinley Park, IL
  • Jan-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The food and dining of ISU is dependent upon what side of campus you are on and what your personal taste for certain foods are. The food is definitely no gourmet meal due to things like possible food allergies of students, etc. But it is not at all bad for the amount of people that are being served on a daily. Although sometimes the dining area can be overcrowded, depending on the time of the day, it is another great place to meet new people and spend time with friends.

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  • 5
  • Jacky from Chicago, IL
  • Dec-31-2013 I am a current student here

    Illinois State has amazing food for students. Everything looks fresh and they have a healthy menu option too. Illinois State is concerned for their students' health.

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  • 4
  • Emily from Normal, IL
  • Dec-27-2013 I am a current student here

    How wonderful! There is such a variety of food and they have something that you always want! There does need to be another type of homestyle station though on chicken finger days though because the line becomes too long and wraps around the whole cafeteria.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Brock from Lake Villa, IL
  • Jun-17-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is huge on campus and provides many students with new brothers and sisters that can build them up and help them out in any situation.

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  • 0
  • Emily from Normal, IL
  • Dec-27-2013 I am a current student here

    My friends in Sororities love it. They do have some complaints about fines and deadlines though, but I can not state specifics about greek life without being a part of it.

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  • 0
  • Hailey from Antioch, IL
  • Dec-17-2013 I am a current student here

    The Alpha Sigma Phi boys are my favorite frat on campus. They're a lot of fun and also just all around great people!

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  • 0
  • Gina from Frankfort, IL
  • Sep-16-2013 I am a current student here

    The sorority life here is typical I suppose, but lots of fun. And not all of the sororities are Greek affiliated, some are philanthropic and for leadership!

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  • 0
  • Alicia from South Holland, IL
  • Sep-16-2013 I am a current student here

    We have a nice size greek life. There is Delta Delta Delta, Delta Chi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and many more.

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  • 0
  • Brianna from Danville, IL
  • Sep-15-2013 I am a current student here

    When I first became and Illinois State Redbird, I thought that Greek life was not going to be for me. I decided to meet a few sororities at the club fair on the quad at the beginning of the year and I thought that maybe they would be for me. Although I haven't had time with my busy school and work schedule to join one, there are plenty out there for any one who wants to join!

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  • 0
  • Tyler from Normal, IL
  • Sep-13-2013 I am a current student here

    I am personally part of a service fraternity on campus, so I am more engaged in volunteer activities, but there are a several great clubs and fraternities/sororities on campus if you are into that lifestyle.

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  • 0
  • Taylor from Channahon, IL
  • Aug-05-2013 I am a current student here

    I was not part of a fraternity or sorority, but I saw many people who were, and heard many stories about the things that happened. If that is your forte, GO FOR IT. Illinois State's Greek organizations will welcome you with open paddles...I mean arms.... ;)

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