Illinois State University’s campus is located in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. ISU sits near the geographic center of the state - 137 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois and 164 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.
Gov. William Bissell signed a bill on February 18, 1857, to create a normal school and establish the Board of Education of the State of Illinois as its governing body. Abraham Lincoln, acting as attorney for the board, drew up the bond guaranteeing that Bloomington citizens would fulfill their commitment to the establishment of the University. Consequently, Illinois State Normal University was founded as the first public institution of higher education in the state. Established as a teacher education institution, Illinois State has developed into a multipurpose university with degree programs at the bachelor's, masters and doctoral levels.
The University is one of 12 public universities in Illinois. Its academic departments offer more than 160 major/minor options in the Colleges of Applied Science and Technology, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Fine Arts, and Mennonite College of Nursing.
The Graduate School coordinates 41 masters, specialist, and doctoral programs. The University's academic programs are supported by the services and collections of Milner Library, which contains more than three million holdings and special collections.
Library History & Facts
The library at Illinois State Normal University opened in 1890, thirty-three years after the opening of the university. Until that time, departments held their own collections. Over its history, the library has resided in five buildings, and moved into the current facility in 1976. The present building is named in honor of Angeline Vernon Milner, who was the first university librarian from 1890-1928.
24 tenured, tenure track and non-tenure track library faculty
11 administrative professionals (3 with rank & tenure)
49 civil service staff
Milner Library is an active partner in the teaching, learning, research
, and service activities of Illinois State University. Milner librarians provide research assistance and library instruction customized to meet the needs of students and faculty. Reference collections include general, as well as subject-specific, print and electronic research tools including indexes, handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies, directories, and bibliographic and full text databases.
Milner’s collections include:
1,622,355 print volumes
81,448 electronic serial titles
1,927 print journal titles
Separate items borrowed to support student and faculty research:
143,547 Milner owned material (laptops, iPads, dvds, etc. and books)
Recent contacts (FY13):
670 Instructional sessions impacting 15,263 students
21,151 Patron-reference staff interactions
779 Individual student-librarian consultations
120 hours of operation per week
The University Archives is part of the library organization. It is the official repository of University records. Part of its collection can be viewed in the ISU History digital collection.
Milner hosts the Teaching with Primary Sources (Midwest Region) program, the only academic library to be affiliated with the Library of Congress program.
Milner Library is a governing member in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and has been a member since 1980.
Faculty Research at Illinois State University: “A Bibliography of Historical and Current Scholarly Works” is a database of publications by ISU faculty from 1857 to the present, compiled by a research group of Milner Library faculty.
Milner Library is home to The Circus and Allied Arts Collection, one of the largest special collections of its type in existence. With book holdings 8,000 volumes strong, the Collection has been cataloged and appears in the Milner Online Catalog. Browse the A Passion for Circus Digital Collection.
See more at: http://library.illinoisstate.edu/library-information/
Research and Sponsored Programs
The mission of Research and Sponsored Programs is to support and facilitate ISU faculty,
staff and the community in their instructional, creative, research, and public service efforts. This support includes technical assistance, oversight of sponsored programs, guidance and assurance of institutional compliance. Research and Sponsored Programs provides access to funding databases to assist faculty in finding external grants
to support research and programming agendas.
The University’s commitment to the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge through scholarship, research, and creative expression is reflected in ISU’s Strategic Plan for Research, Scholarship and Creative Expression. The Strategic Plan articulates the core values presented above and proposes strategies to advance the recommendations made. These activities fulfill a solemn and longstanding obligation to the community at large by: i) furthering our understanding of the natural and physical worlds; ii) exploring human behavior and culture, past and present; iii) developing the organizational practices and technological innovations that power human and economic development; and iv) improving the quality of life through cultural enrichment.
Read more at: http://rsp.illinoisstate.edu/documents/RSP_Strategic_Plan_4-18-2010.pdf
Total Awards, FY13 – summary:
By Funding Agency:
Illinois State At a Glance
Applied Science and Technology: $2,949,930
Arts and Sciences: $5,364,205
Fine Arts: $109,606
University and Administration: $886,475
ISU enrolls students from throughout Illinois, 40 other states, the District of Columbia, and 66 other countries. Illinois State University fosters an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding and social justice. Students are mentored by a faculty that includes numerous teacher-scholars recognized at national and international levels. ISU faculty and staff are dedicated to superior teaching, cutting-edge research and innovative community outreach and engagement – providing wide-range opportunities for students, staff and faculty to participate in a global society.
The total on-campus student enrollment at Illinois State University in Fall 2012 was 20,502.
The undergraduate student population was 18,207, while graduate students numbered 2,295.
Total student enrollment included 939 out-of-state students, along with 382 international students representing 66 different countries. 55.6% of Illinois State’s students are female and 16.5% represent various minority populations, including: American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
16,855 students received $233,925,710 in financial support in FY 2012.
Retention of beginning students (from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012) was very high, at 82.3%.
5,402 degrees were conferred in 2012.
Illinois State University is home to a diverse community of scholars dedicated to promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and public service. Of total University employees (n=3,067) approximately 12% represent minorities (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander.) There are 1,212 Departmental Faculty at ISU (239 Professors; 242 Associate Professors; 218 Assistant Professors; 513 Other.) 97.3% of Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty hold a terminal degree. Student to faculty ratio at ISU is 19:1.
Illinois State is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North
Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The teacher preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition, 22 programs hold discipline-based accreditation.
The above facts are provided by the Office of Planning, Research, and Policy Analysis
See more at: http://prpa.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/12-13_factbook/Book.pdf and the Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics and Access at
The ISU University Campus
University Campus Today
Conveniently located in Central Illinois, the University is situated in a region of strong economic growth. The area’s multidimensional profile allows Illinois State to respond to the varied needs and interests of its constituents and to contribute to the development of its students as responsible citizens.
Illinois State’s physical campus is comprised of 920 acres, 221 structures, 20 miles of sidewalks, 70 acres of parking lots, and more than 150 species of trees. The ISU Campus was the first in Illinois to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Historic Quad and adjacent areas consist of 350 acres. In 2002 the University Farm was relocated to 300 acres of land in Lexington, Illinois approximately 18 miles northeast of Normal. The ISU farm supports teaching, research, and outreach activities of the Department of Agriculture.
The Master Plan 2010–2030: Looking to the Future
presents a long-range blueprint for the physical development of Illinois State University—its future size, form, function, character, image, and environment. The plan provides a vision that promotes and supports the values articulated in the University’s strategic plan, Educating Illinois 2008-2014
including pursuit of learning and scholarship
, individualized attention, public opportunity, diversity, and civic engagement.
The recommended actions are designed to ensure the University’s facilities support and promote excellence in the following areas: instruction, research, creative activities, and public service; campus life; intercollegiate athletics and recreation; and efficiency in administrative operations.
Illinois State maintains 6.8 million square feet of facility space. The vast majority of this
is located on-campus, although there are off-campus facilities (e.g., the University Farm in
Lexington, graduate student studios in Bloomington, and Little Village classrooms in Chicago). Nearly half of the University’s total space is supported with state funds. The remainder is supported entirely by student fees, housing revenues, ticket sales, and other user revenues.
Space by type
The majority of on-campus space is used for residential facilities (24 percent), followed by office space (16 percent). Office space supports administrative purposes, as well as instructional, research, and public service activities. General use and special use categories have equal space allocations (13 percent). General use includes recreational, food facilities, and assembly rooms.
Special use includes athletics, physical education, media production and the greenhouse.
Support areas (e.g., central storage, telecommunications/central computer facilities,
vehicle storage) represent 12 percent of on-campus space. Laboratories account for a smaller portion of on-campus space (11 percent), while classrooms have the smallest footprint (4 percent). During the 2009-2010 academic year, the University maintained 164 classrooms.
Since endorsement of the Master Plan 2000-2020, nearly 10 years ago, the University has
opened a number of new buildings and completed major renovations of academic facilities, as well as residence halls and dining centers that were recommended in the plan. Among the significant accomplishments: