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Excellence, choice and location

Illinois State University is a diverse community of scholars with a strong commitment to academic excellence. That welcoming and supportive atmosphere makes Illinois State a choice destination for students and scholars from around the world.

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Founded in 1857, Illinois State is Illinois’ oldest public university. Over the past century and a half, it has grown to be an internationally recognized university with more than 20,000 students. Throughout its history Illinois State has maintained individualized attention as a core institutional value and it fosters a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. Faculty and staff members are committed to student success both in and out of the classroom.

Illinois State’s high academic quality is widely recognized and it is ranked among the top universities in the United States by such publications as US News & World Report. The University offers a variety of highly rated programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Retention and graduation rates well above the national average are signs that students recognize and appreciate Illinois State’s strength and reputation.

Illinois State’s hometown of Normal has been ranked in the Top 10 College Towns in America by the American Institute for Economic Research. Students benefit from one of the most vibrant job markets in the United States and the campus’ proximity to Chicago offers them many professional opportunities.

Management Team


Jacquie Serr

Executive Director
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Dr. Ken Fansler

Director, Academic Programs
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Wouter van Alebeek

Assistant Director, Student Experience
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Whitney Miller

Assistant Director, Marketing & Recruitment
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Tina Kjolhaug

Enrollment Manager

Contact us

Please note: there is no physical address for Illinois State University. Additionally, each university office has a separate mailing address. To send mail to a campus address, use the following format:

Illinois State University
Department/Office Name
Campus Box: will be a 4-digit number (i.e., 0000)
Normal, IL 61790


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