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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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Kelsey from Island Lake, IL
  • Feb-17-2015 I am a past student here

    Greek life at ISU is great! It is not too big where greek life runs the school and if you don't go greek you won't have a social life but it is big enough where there are lots of sororities and fraternities to choose from. They have a great presence on campus. Each greek organization has a house with personal chefs and promise of brotherhood and sisterhood. I was a member of a sorority and those girls are still my best friends. They made ISU 10x more enjoyable for me and I made lifelong memories.

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  • 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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