Illinois State University

Illinois State University Veteran Services & Resources

Is Illinois State University a Good School for Veterans?

If you're a veteran who is thinking about going back to school, it's important to see how well the school treats its students with prior military service first. That's why we've put together this report that gives you the facts about Illinois State University veteran students. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Illinois State University G.I. Bill Information

What You'll Find in Our Veterans Report on Illinois State:

How Does Illinois State Rank for Veterans?

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To help identify those institutions that do a stellar job at supporting veterans, College Factual produces its Best Schools for Veterans list each year.

The 2022 edition of this list ranked Illinois State University at #130. As such, Illinois State is among the top 10% of all schools in the country when it comes to offering vets a great educational experience. The school also ranked #5 in our Best for Vets in Illinois ranking.

We also release our rankings by degree level so vets can see which schools are the best for the level of degree they want to pursue. Below you'll find how Illinois State did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 117
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 272
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 244

You can also see how specific majors at Illinois State fared when compared to the same major at other schools. The table below shows those majors which received the highest rankings for vets. Click here to see a full list of majors. From here, you can dive down into different types of rankings once you select a major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Industrial Technology Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best General Graphic Communications Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 2
Best General Graphic Communications Colleges for Veterans 2
Best Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Colleges for Veterans 3
Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Facilities Management Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Recreation Administration Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 4
Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Facilities Management Colleges for Veterans 5
Best Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 5
Best Agriculture Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 5

How Many Veterans Go to Illinois State?

A large number of veterans attending a college means the college and faculty are more used to supporting and accommodating the needs of those with prior military experience.

The VA reports that there are 530 G.I. Bill® students at Illinois State. Around 2.56% of students at the school are using the GI Bill® since the total enrollment at Illinois State is 20,720. For context, let's take this into consideration. According to the Student Veterans of America, approximately three to four per cent of American college students are veterans.

Note, this figure includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment). It does not include any active-duty military personnel that are attending this college via Tuition Assistance, so the total military population is potentially larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at Illinois State

Illinois State University participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
Principles of Excellence Yes
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes
Eight Keys Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Accommodate Military Service Members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Benefits Support
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
Will not use fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
Counseling Support
Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries.
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Illinois State University does have a student veterans group.

Does Illinois State Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
At this time, Illinois State does not offer college credit for life experience.

Illinois State may consider your military experience and give college credit. Contact the school to find out more about the particulars.

Illinois State Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Implied No Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Implied No Navy ROTC
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available at Illinois State for the following armed services:

  • Army

Complaints to the VA About Illinois State

Our data shows that this school has not received any complaints at the VA.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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