Redbirds make a difference in the world!

Dear Future Redbird,

I imagine you picked Illinois State because of the quality of our academic programs, our fun and exciting campus climate, and the opportunities available for you to get involved. But did you know that Illinois State is also full of people committed to solving problems on a local, national, and international level?

I hope you’ll be inspired by these examples of Redbirds making an impact in their communities. No matter what you involve yourself in at Illinois State, we look forward to seeing the great things you’ll do during your college career!


Jeff Mavros
Director of Admissions

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Two School of Social Work students are helping to save the lives of overdose victims in Peoria through a project they created in class.

Client and mentor Joan Brehm puts Jessie through a training exercise designed to search for a target odor.

A new program is giving Illinois State students an opportunity to get a head start on their careers while helping the community.

Illinois State nursing students like Miranda Rangel, B.S.N. ‘17, have been helping to improve the health of area students as part of America’s Promise.

Persuading 30 kindergartners to walk in a single-file line around a dimly lit school gymnasium looked about as easy as corralling a dozen cats into a phone booth. Illinois State nursing student Kenia Najera pulled off the trick with the help of staff at Fairview Elementary in Normal.