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Illinois State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,445 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 46 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

56% Women
44% 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 Yes -
Gymnastics - 19 - -
Soccer - 28 Yes Yes
Softball - 21 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving - 38 Yes -
Tennis 8 11 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 21 Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Beach Volleyball - - - Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Other Sports - - Yes Yes
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 8.0%
Hispanic 9.5%
Non-resident alien 1.8%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 0.4%
Two or more races 2.7%
White/non-Hispanic 75.2%
Percent of students with disability 4%

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
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • 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
  • Student Newspaper
  • 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
  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Dashyla from Chicago, IL
  • I am a current student here

    There are many different places to eat or grab a snack on campus. there are two main dining halls, each building has a subway in the lobby, there are restaurants in the bone that offer a nice selection and there are close food places near campus.

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  • 5
  • Korian from Oak Lawn, IL
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food at the campus is good there are two buffets on campus there is many restaurants around the campus so being hungry wouldn't be a problem .

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  • 3
  • Bryan from Lincoln, IL
  • I am a current student here

    The food at Watterson Dining Commons is alright, but the options at the Bone Student Center are pretty good.

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  • 4
  • Eric from Godfrey, IL
  • I am a current student here

    Watterson and Tri Towers have the dining facilities in them, but the campus also offers other restaurants that are on campus. Students can use their Flex Meal dollars at these restaurants which include: Burger King, Pizza Hut, Einsteins, Subway, and McAlisters.

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  • 1
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    Dining hall food gets very tiring very quick, and the options are not that many and not very open. Especially people that are hoping to be/are vegan.

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  • 4
  • Sydney
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food and dining is pretty average overall, Uptown Bloomington has very good food choices to pick from such as Jimmy Johns, Portillos and many other restaurants.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Eric from Godfrey, IL
  • I am a current student here

    I am in the Greek Life here at ISU. It has absolutely changed my life. I have met some of the people I know will be my friends for the rest of my life. We also have been able to give a lot back to the community through our service and philanthropy events. It allows students to get involved with their community and have a social life as well. The Greek Life is on the increase here, and as a whole we hope to see it grow larger and larger.

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  • 0
  • seth from bloomington, il
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    at this time i have had little exposure to the greek life on campus. during welcome week there will be an opportunity to become acquainted in what they have to offer.

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  • 0
  • nichole from collinsville, il
  • I am a past student here

    greek life at isu is fantastic. about 23% of students are involved in a greek organization and there are over 25 nationally recognized chapters on campus. some of the most widely recognized events during the year are/were chi omega's "march madness," delta zeta's "dream man" and sigma chi's "derby days."

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  • 0
  • Kelsey from Island Lake, IL
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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