Charles HoveyAbraham Lincoln
Former Civil War General Charles Hovey became the first president at the University's founding.
The nickname changed from Teachers to Redbirds in 1923 as a result of the University offering more than just education degrees.
More than 4,100 Redbirds call the Golden State their home.
Fell Hall was a residence hall from its completion in 1918 until 1989 when it became devoted to academic and administrative space.
How I Met Your Mother
Craig Robinson from the Office, Jane Lynch from Glee, and Jeff Perry from Scandal are all Redbirds.
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A "Normal University" is one that trained teachers; the Town of Normal got its name from the University's original name.
Then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy rode in the Illinois State homecoming parade during his 1980 campaign.
Avanti's has been providing the Bloomington-Normal community with their famous Gondola sandwiches since 1971.
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With Illinois State's history of education, it's no surprise that Elementary Education is the largest major program.
Home to men's and women's basketball as well as women's volleyball, Redbird Arena holds 10,500 fans.
Currently, Redbirds from all but four states call Illinois State University "home."
Watterson Towers was named after Arthur W. Watterson, a popular geography professor who worked at Illinois State from 1946-1966.
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The Renewable Energy major is a broad-based interdisciplinary program addressing the social, economic, and technical issues that graduates will encounter in the emerging field of renewable energy and green careers.
Illinois State University has become a destination for international students from all over the world; Normal is currently home to international students from 71 other countries.