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It depends how you use them. Illinois State University is a hustling, bustling campus and community. The beauty of Illinois State University virtual tours on CampusReel is that authentic video tours, made by real students, can be spectacular at capturing the Illinois State University vibe. We also go well beyond the confines of the Illinois State University campus by taking you around Normal. In traditional virtual tours, you will mostly see still, unengaging images and will not see the surrounding area at all – which is why CampusReel virtual tours are so important.

Can a Illinois State University virtual tour replace a traditional in-person visit?

If you cannot visit Illinois State University in person, then we can honestly say that we believe a CampusReel virtual tour of Illinois State University is absolutely the most effective and holistic way to understand the Illinois State University people, campus and community. However, if you do plan on visiting Illinois State University and other colleges in person, we strongly recommend that you at least prescreen your college options on CampusReel before spending the time and money to visit. Most prospective families find that as soon as the step on campus, they instantly know whether or not they like the school – but they’ve already spent all that time and money getting there! Our goal is to eliminate all the time and money visiting Illinois State University in person until you can make a strong educated guess that it’s worth the investment.

What are the downsides of a Illinois State University virtual tour?

The downside of virtually touring Illinois State University on CampusReel is that, admittedly, our technology does not yet mimic the exact feeling and experience of visiting Illinois State University in person. We are working on this though! A common request we also receive from users is to add more perspectives (e.g. student guides) to the platform. Rest assured we are working on adding more CampusReel guides to the Illinois State University virtual tour. However, our selection of guides still far outweighs the available perspectives of traditional virtual tour platforms.

What are the benefits of a Illinois State University virtual tour?

The most obvious benefit of a Illinois State University virtual tour on CampusReel is that is can be accessed from anywhere. This can save families a lot of time and money compared to visiting Illinois State University in person . Another often overlooked benefit of a CampusReel virtual tour is that it goes far beyond a traditional in person tour Illinois State University . Campus visits are limited both in time and scope – how are you expected to truly understand a college in a 1 hour tour? That’s why we stress the added benefit of CampusReel virtual tours – experience Illinois State University and Normal during different seasons, days of the week, and even hours of the day. What’s game day like? What is finals week life? Again, traditional virtual touring platforms don’t include this benefit.

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Homecoming Reign: A history of Illinois State University’s Homecoming

Since 1921, Redbirds have celebrated the return of the Birds to the nest. From the first Homecoming parade, the annual house decorating contest, class reunions, waffle breakfasts, and game-day contests, ISU’s annual Homecoming celebration had something for everyone.

Join the dynamic duo of University Archivist April Anderson-Zorn and Barb Dallinger ’81, M.S. ’01, as they explore the history of one of ISU’s most celebrated traditions and learn how Redbirds have reigned during Homecoming at this virtual event.

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Take a tour of Ewing Cultural Center!

There is no fee for walking around the Gardens at Ewing, however, we highly encourage you to make a donation. There is a donation box under the archway between the manor and the garage along with a donation pole right inside the gardens at the pedestrian entrance. The Gardens are open daily weather permitting.

Opening Hazle's Closet: A Curated Glimpse into the Personal Style of Hazle Buck Ewing

For the first time visitors to Ewing Manor will be able to better understand what motivated Hazle by examining some of her clothing. Six outfits, including Hazle's 1907 wedding dress will be on display, as well as swimsuits and accessories. The collection reveals that she was far from a fashionista. Simple in design and pattern, Hazle's clothing was minimalist in construction, with many items handmade. Her wardrobe reinforced her desire for others to form their opinion of her for who she was and what she accomplished, not based on what she was wearing. This exhibit is more than clothes, it tells the story of one woman's life from recordings by her granddaughter and Hazle's own words.

Proceeds go towards the restoration of Ewing Manor. The exhibit was partially underwritten by Wisecracker Design & Wisecracker Studio. 

Tour Dates 2023:

October 28     1:00 - 3:00 p.m. November 4   1:00 - 3:00 p.m. November 16  4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 2024 tours will be posted at a later date

  • $5.00 fee, no reservations required
  • Ability to climb stairs required
  • Parking across the street at St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Group tours may be arranged in advance by contacting the Ewing staff at (309) 438-6333 or [email protected] .

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We offer reserved group tours and public tours:

  • Group tours of the Manor may be arranged in advance by contacting the Ewing staff at (309) 438-6333 or [email protected] . A $5.00 fee per person is charged for scheduled tours. A minimum of 8 is required to schedule a group tour.
  • A  new tour starts approximately every 15 minutes
  • Reservations are not required
  • No tours on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day

Tours are guided by docents and last around 45 minutes. You will need to rely on stairs to access all three levels of the manor. Please call (309) 438-6333 for information on accessibility.

Genevieve Green Gardens Tour

The gardens are open to the public daily weather permitting. To schedule a group tour call (309) 438-6333 or [email protected] . A $5.00 per person is charged for scheduled tours.

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Can’t make it in person to the grounds? Check out these video tours we created with Alumni Engagement.

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Virtual tour of the second floor of Ewing Manor

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Ewing Holiday Tour

Get out of the winter blues with a flashback to the holidays. Let Ewing Cultural Center's holiday tour bring you a little extra joy.

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Virtual tour of the Genevieve Green Gardens at Ewing Cultural Center

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Office of the Provost funds student success initiatives

  • Author By Soemer Simmons
  • April 23, 2024

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The Office of the Provost has taken proactive steps to enhance student success initiatives at Illinois State University. Three key programs have received additional funding to meet specific needs of our students.

Tutoring at the Julia N. Visor Center: An extra $75,000 annually for the next two years has been allocated to the Julia N. Visor Center. This boost in funding enables the expansion of 480+ seats each semester for tutoring services, particularly in high-demand courses. The tutors at the Visor Center are Illinois State students who are certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, ensuring quality support for their peers. Keenan Wimbley, the associate director for academic enhancement, stated, “this funding will allow us to expand our offering of academic services and support to a wider range of students. These additional services will enrich student learning experiences by fostering academic achievement, with the purpose of improved academic and personal outcomes.”

Redbirds Launch Internship Grants: Recognizing the ongoing need to support students pursuing unpaid internships, the Office of the Provost has allocated $500,000 over the next four semesters for students completing credit bearing internships. As part of an interdivisional partnership with Career Services, this funding aims to provide financial assistance to eligible students. Starting April 25, grants will be available for summer internships, offering students up to $250 per week, with a maximum total grant of $4,000. This initiative seeks to fill the gap left by the conclusion of funds from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Grant in 2021 and 2022.

IDS 128: Thriving in College, Career, and Beyond : Commonly known as “Thrive,” IDS 128 is a three credit-hour discussion-based course that reinforces essential academic skills and introduces students to campus resources and college-level expectations. Through the guidance of a trained faculty member and undergraduate peer co-instructor, IDS 128 supports first-year students in their personal and professional development by exploring topics related to identity, goal setting, career exploration, and life skills. Because ISU sees significant increases in retention for students who complete this course, seven additional sections were added in fall 2023 and seven more are anticipated in fall 2024.

Dr. Ani Yazedjian, acting vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, stated, “these initiatives foster student success and contribute to equitable access to opportunities. By investing in tutoring support, internship grants, and Thrive, ISU is demonstrating its commitment to empowering students to grow academically and professionally.”

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