Normal, IL
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$20,016 ($12,726)
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's a clean campus; once the weather gets nice, there are many opportunities in the "Quad" outside to socialize. Lots to get involved in and attend with sports events and plays etc, if you like those things.

4 College Student

Facilities: I like how as a public university, the campus seems like a perfect size (not to large, not to small). I appreciate the fact that I could walk from one end of campus to the other in about fifteen minutes.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: I am in my first semester at school and never had to live on campus so i don't know how good or bad most of the facilities are.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Nothing really negative about the facilities here.

4 College Student

Facilities: "The Rec" is one of the most advanced fitness centers in the area. I love using the equipment to maintain my personal health.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 193rd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 369th
    Best Library
  • 487th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 546th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1095th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Nelligan
Lake Zurich, IL
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A growing number of facilities at Illinois State University are being renovated with more up-to-date technology. While the computer software is generally pretty good, the classrooms still need work. The College of Business building is a new addition to the ISU campus and houses the best features in classroom instructional technology, providing an excellent workplace for all young professionals. Opening in January 2011, the Student Fitness Center provides an adequate space for students to work out or attend kinesiology classes. Students are now allowed to join the center free of charge using their Redbird Card. The center features cardio and weight training spaces, four fitness studios, multiple sport courts, an indoor track, a swimming pool, and a climbing wall.

The Bone Student Center is a popular area where students can see concerts, enjoy food, and study or hang out in between classes. New restaurants have been added in previous years, and "the Bone," as students call it, is home to ISU’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore where students can purchase textbooks. The Milner Library is perfect for students who need to study or do research, even if the facility itself is a tad outdated. Milner has six floors that are mixed with computer labs, study rooms, and lounges, and certain floors are "maximum quiet floors," which mean there should be no talking between students. Milner is also a good place for groups to meet to complete projects because it is in the middle of campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
350 acres
Student Centers
Bone Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Milner Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Bowling and Billiards Center (BBC)
  • The Coffee Hound
  • The quad
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
The Bowling and Billiards Center is located at the Bone Student Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Airport Lounge in the CVA
Movie Theater on Campus
Sometimes organizations show movies on campus, but the closest movie theatre isn't on campus; it's the Normal Theatre in downtown Normal, which shows a mixture of classic films and first-run movies.
"Green" Initiatives
Sustainability is continuing to grow at ISU. The University has a renewable energy undergraduate major that prepares students for jobs in the fields of biofuels, wind and solar energy, and regulatory and governmental agencies. ISU also has an energy science program. Plus, the award-winning grounds sustainable practices department has implemented several projects, as well.
School Slang
  • BBC: The Bowling and Billiards Center
  • The Bone: The Bone Student Center, the main student center on campus
  • The Ilstu: Another term students use for ISU
  • The Pub: Refers to the Pub II
  • RA: Resident assistant
  • TA: Teaching assistant
  • Townie: A student who was raised in Normal or Bloomington
  • The Zoo: The student section of the football stadium
  • Battle Bird : Before each home athletic game, athletes will touch the Battle Bird. This Battle Bird symbolizes the bond between all of ISU's past and present student-athletes. This is convenient for many ISU sports fans as there will never be two home games at the same time since the Battle Bird needs to be present.
  • Bradley Bash : Each year, the men's basketball team plays its state rival, Bradley University. Students come prepared to "bash" Bradley while chanting and holding up signs. This game normally sells out, so for all the fair-weather fans, this is one game to attend.
  • Homecoming: Students, faculty, staff, and alumni come together to celebrate Illinois State University with a football game and parade. Great school spirit and a fun week for all in attendance.
  • ISU Fight Song : After each home football game, the football team will run to the "Zoo" and sing the ISU fight song along with the fans. The women's soccer team also runs to the stands after each home game to sing the fight song with fans. Therefore, it is a must to know the school's fight song if you want to participate in this tradition.
  • May Day : The first weekend in May is considered May Day at ISU. This is where numerous fraternities come together and throw a huge party. Local bands and DJs are present, and the entire event is normally free of charge. One of the drawbacks is that students who are under the age of 21 must be on the lookout for cops.
  • Relay for Life : In May, at the end of each school year, ISU holds the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Students who participate will spend the night camping out on the quad and walking to raise money for cancer research. Many students and student organizations participate. Throughout the night, games are played and local bands perform.
Urban Legends
Williams Hall is haunted by past librarian Angeline Milner and was featured on the Travel Channel's "Haunted Campuses."
Favorite Things To Do
The Bowling and Billiards Center is a great place for students to hang out, play pool, and bowl. Comedians on campus are invited to the BBC to compete in competitions. Weekend activities such as foam parties, acoustic performances, poker competitions, and dodge ball tournaments are also held here. For students who are 21 or older, the Castle Theater in Bloomington offers students the chance to kick back and have a beer while checking out a concert. Students also like to walk downtown to catch a flick or hang out at the local coffeehouse to relax.
Student Newspaper
The Daily Vidette
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The Dean of Students Office provides students with a unique center that helps them get involved on campus. The Student Involvement Center (in the Bone Student Center) manages all registered student organizations on campus. There are a variety of clubs for all types of students; from racial ethnicity to declared major, every student has a place at Illinois State University.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The Milner Library is said to be haunted by the ghost of Angeline "Ange" Vernon Milner, the first full-time librarian of Illinois State University.
  • The Milner Library received the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award in 2007 and was one of seven libraries nationwide to be recognized.
  • The Fell Arboretum is located across from campus and contains more than 4,000 trees in 154 species and was started in 1867 when Jesse Fell, the University's co-founder, wanted to plant every tree native to Illinois on campus.
  • Gamma Phi Circus, a performing arts fraternal organization, is the oldest collegiate circus in the United States. The fraternity's first performance took place in 1931.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 84 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Bone Student Center
  • 13% School bookstore
  • 13% Library desk clerk
  • 13% Tutor
  • 7% Local shops
  • 7% Department office positions
  • 7% The Alamo II
  • 7% Resident assistant
  • 0% Ticket office

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 6 responses

  • 24% Dining center
  • 19% Einsteins
  • 19% Bone
  • 19% The quad
  • 10% The Bowling and Billiards Center (BBC)
  • 5% Milner
  • 5% The Coffee Hound

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 56% Homecoming
  • 33% Bradley Bash
  • 11% Relay for Life
  • 0% May Day
  • 0% Battle Bird
  • 0% ISU Fight Song

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 107 responses

  • 5% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 25% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 50% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 21% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 73 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 34% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 57% Hangout on the quad
  • 29% Hangout in the dorms
  • 14% Chill with Brian Franklin, pro longboarder



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