Illinois State University (INTO Pathway)

If you’re looking for a university that provides an intimate learning experience with big-time perks, Illinois State University (ISU) is the place for you. Located in Normal, IL, ISU offers all the amenities of a large research institution while still providing a small-town atmosphere. With over 21,000 students and 1,000 faculty members, ISU has something for everyone—from great academics to plenty of extracurricular activities and opportunities to get involved on campus and beyond.

Academic Strengths

Illinois State University has a long history of academic excellence. The university was founded in 1857 and is the oldest public institution of higher education in Illinois. ISU offers over 200 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs in six colleges. The university is known for its strong commitment to teaching and research.

ISU’s academic strengths include:

A strong reputation for teaching and research: ISU is ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation for its commitment to teaching and research. The university has a long history of producing groundbreaking research, and its faculty are regularly recognized with prestigious awards and fellowships.

ISU offers a comprehensive education with a strong foundation in the Liberal arts and sciences.

A vibrant student life: ISU is home to over 19,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The university offers hundreds of student organizations, as well as opportunities to get involved in campus life through intramural sports, Greek life, or one of the many other student organizations.

university courses offered

ISU offers more than 150 undergraduate and 70 graduate/professional programs through its eight colleges:

Arts and Sciences
Fine Arts
Health and Human Sciences
Labor and Employment Relations
Media and Cinema Studies

Undergraduate students can choose from over 120 majors, while graduate students have nearly 60 degree programs to choose from.

University Location and Campus

Illinois State University is located in Normal, Illinois. It is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago. ISU’s campus is one of the largest in the United States, with over 1,000 acres. The university has over 21,000 students enrolled in its programs.

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You must have a high school diploma or equivalent. You must not have been convicted of a felony.


College credit with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate students, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for graduate students

English Language

TOEFL internet-based (iBT): 79
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5
IELTS overall band score: 6.5
Duolingo: 105

Tuition fees

Around $44,228
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