Imagine a place where learning with an open mind and active hands is not only encouraged, it is a pillar for success. A place where collaborative learning laboratories and classrooms are used to link foundational knowledge with applied learning; where curiosity is encouraged; where inquisitive minds are fostered; and where the faculty advance knowledge with the resources of a large university while focusing on the individual learner. That place is our College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at Illinois State University.
Here, we bring more than 4,700 motivated students together with a caring and talented faculty to inspire applied learning across more than 30 areas of study. For many of our academic majors, the placement rate for our graduates is at 100 percent within three months of graduation. For majors requiring a national board examination after graduation, our pass rates exceed national averages for each of the exams.
Within CAST, dynamic programs and people focus on translating classroom learning into real-world situations. Students engage in a variety of learning opportunities, including harnessing sustainable sources of energy, maximizing soil productivity, preventing acute injuries and chronic diseases, enhancing cybersecurity, developing interior environments that enrich the quality of life, and understanding human behavior as it relates to criminality. Instruction with an emphasis on application allows CAST graduates to transfer theoretical and practical knowledge from the classroom to their profession.