Avoid excessive capitalization as it is cumbersome for the reader.
University is capitalized when preceded by “the” as a definite article. Lowercase the word “university” in all other uses.
Capitalize all full and proper names of university centers, colleges, schools, departments, divisions, offices, and units: Office of Admissions
Colleges, schools, departments, divisions, offices, and units may be shortened in second reference. Keep the abbreviated name capitalized: The Division of Student Affairs has many staff positions. Employees within Student Affairs work in buildings across campus.
Centers, colleges, schools, departments, divisions, offices, and units are not capitalized on second reference: The College of Education is expanding. The college will soon need a larger building.
Lowercase when referring to a function vs. a unit: The admissions process will be streamlined.
Capitalize Laboratory School(s) and Lab School(s) when used in reference to University High School and Metcalf School.
Capitalize the principal words in Board of Trustees when referring to the University’s governing body. Otherwise lowercase board of trustees and always lowercase board of directors.
Professional titles are capitalized only when they precede a name. They are lowercased when they appear after the name.
Titles are capitalized when they are below a signature.
Titles are capitalized on business cards.
Capitalize committee and scholarship names when using the full or abbreviated name.
Capitalize Distinguished Professor in all references.
Capitalize fellowships and professorships in all references.
Capitalize alumni chapter names and professional organizations.
Capitalize course names of all languages and all courses when the full name is used.
Capitalize titles of books, plays, magazines, articles, newspapers, etc. Conjunctions are capitalized only if they start or end the title.
Capitalize the following annual events: Homecoming, Homecoming Parade, Founders Day, and Founders Day Convocation. Lowercase commencement, finals week, graduation, and semester.
Capitalize the principal words in the University slogan Spread the Red.
Departmental majors, minors, degrees, sequences, and programs are not capitalized: Jane Smith is an accounting student in the College of Business.
Do not capitalize the names of departments, divisions, offices, and units of companies or other universities.
Seasons of the year are not capitalized.
Capitalize Hall of Fame and Hall of Famer. Lowercase halls of fame.
Keep “box office” or “ticket office” lowercased when used in a generic sense, but capitalize when used in a specific reference: Contact the Bone Student Center Box Office for tickets.
Capitalize “Email” when used before an address in a listing, but keep it lowercased in narrative text.
Lowercase the titles of professional certificates and licenses: forensic nursing certificate.
Capitalize “City of Bloomington” and “Town of Normal.” City and town are lowercased when used alone and with any other cities or towns.
The following are specific brands and names with custom spelling. All examples below demonstrate the correct way to spell and capitalize these names:
My.IllinoisState.edu—Illinois State University’s portal
iPeople—Online Human Resources management software
ReggieNet—Illinois State University’s web-based learning and collaboration system