Roommates on bed

How are college roommates paired?

College roommates are a big part of the college experience. But how does a university determine who your student will live with?
Students at at dining center table

Things that matter when choosing a college meal plan

With all the decisions that go into choosing a college and preparing to attend, food can get overlooked. But selecting the right meal plan will help your student acclimate to their new home.
Residence hall coordinator at Illinois State

How a resident assistant makes college life easier

For many students, college is the first time living away from home. It’s an exciting time, but all new experiences bring a certain level of uncertainty. That's where RAs can help.
Leonard Roth standing in the Alumni Center

Loyalty Circle Reception inspires $200,000 gift

For Leonard Roth, philanthropy is not just a way to stay connected to Illinois State. It’s become his personal mission.
Illinois State Best Buddies at a basketball game

Best Buddies at Illinois State creates a more inclusive community through the power of friendship

The Illinois State University chapter of nonprofit Best Buddies brings people together to form lasting friendships and a more inclusive community.

December Redbirds on the rise

Your contributions make a difference in our students' lives. This month, meet four students who have benefited from your support.
A young woman makes a face while holding an ugly sweater.

Gift ideas students can actually use at college

After talking it over with current college students, we’ve come up with some ideas for things that your student will not only appreciate, but will actually improve their life on campus.
A student dance group performas at Illinois State, enriching the Redbird campus community.

Help your talented student make the most of their gifts in college

The holidays are a time of year we think about giving. But what does that mean for your student when they arrive on a college campus?
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October & November Redbirds on the rise

Each month we recognize a few of the many amazing students and alumni who have been impacted by our donors’ generosity. Meet five students and one alum who have benefited from your support.
College students work on a computer filing the FAFSA.

FAFSA: Why those five letters are so important for college financial aid

Don' think the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) matters for your family? You might be missing out in a big way.