Parents and Families
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We want to take the uncertainty out of the process and be there for you every step of the way. We’re thrilled your student is considering Illinois State and hope you’ll find these resources helpful as you learn more about becoming a part of our extended Redbird family.
Making College Affordable
Our cost is in the lower half of public universities in Illinois—and we’ll lock in your tuition for four years.
Supporting Student Wellbeing
From health services and counseling to one-on-one academic advising, we’ll support your student.
Redbirds graduate at a rate in the top 10% and go on to earn $15,000 more than the national average.
The college search can be confusing. We want to demystify the process. Join our mailing list and we’ll send you timely reminders about admissions and scholarships right to your inbox – we don’t want to keep you guessing.
There are many ways to visit our beautiful, historic campus in Normal, just a short drive from Chicago, St. Louis, and other big cities.
Redbird Safe Walk
Students can request to be escorted across campus 24/7 so they don’t have to walk home alone after a late-night study session.
Student Counseling Services
Mental health is just as important for academic success. Students have access to free individual and group counseling.
Both you and your student can sign up to get notified during severe weather or other emergencies on campus.
It’s time to dress the part. Order your Redbird gear from the Redbird Spirit Shop.