Illinois State University is a great option for a university in Illinois. Their education program is fantastic and the teachers are wonderful. Highly knowledgeable and willing to help. The school is also a lot of fun. The dorms are very nice-- i've been in many dorms and ISU's have the best out of the ones in IL I've been to. They have great option with their mean plans as well. It's a great school-- you'll have lots of fun and learn a lot too.