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ISU defies the stereotypes of Central Illinois

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Going to college in Central Illinois may not always sound like the most glamorous place to be; however ISU may not be as drab as many initially think.

ISU was founded in 1857, making it the oldest of 12 public universities in Illinois. ISU offers over 160 majors and minors and 41 masters, specialist and doctoral programs. ISU enrolls students from throughout Illinois, 40 other states, the District of Columbia and 61 other countries.

The university is home to over 19,000 students, proving there is no shortage of people to meet.

Although ISU is indeed located geographically near the center of Illinois, it is only 137 miles from Chicago and 164 miles from St. Louis. Plus, interstates 74, 55 and 39; U.S. Route 150; and Illinois Route 9 all intersect with Bloomington-Normal. This turns the seemingly boring central Illinois town into a transportation hub.

Some big-name celebrities have even visited the university throughout the years. In 1980, Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy were part of the annual Homecoming parade.  In the past the university  has  hosted the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Prince, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, The Grateful Dead, Kiss and Pearl Jam. More recently the campus has hosted Bill Cosby,  Ross Mathews and Loni Love from the E! Network show, “Chelsea Lately,” among hundreds of others.

Courtesy of Milner Library 2012 Homecoming Exhibit Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy rode in the Homecoming parade through Uptown in 1980, adding to ISU’s diverse .

Courtesy of Milner Library 2012 Homecoming Exhibit
Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy rode in the Homecoming parade through Uptown in 1980, adding to ISU’s diverse history.

The Bone Student Center hosted over 4,000 events in 2012 alone, proving there is no lack of entertainment in this seemingly boring Central Illinois town.

The university also offers over 300 clubs and activities students can get involved with, everything from track, to baking club, to playing Quidditch. The opportunities are endless.

At a glance ISU may seem like a boring university in the Midwest, but at a closer look it is full of adventure and entertainment.

2 Responses

  1. Terry Nourie

    Enjoyed the article “ISU defies the Stereotypes of Central Illinois” I wanted to give you a few more names I saw at ISU -. Libreracy, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, The Monkeys (at Braden) The Village People (at Horton) – Thanks, Terry Nourie

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  2. Tim

    It’s not boring here, honest! Ronald Reagan stopped here just thirty years ago, and, um, Interstate Highways!

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