Students Say

Education, business, agriculture, and aviation are among the many "strong" programs at "affordable" and "diverse" Southern Illinois University—Carbondale. "There is a great variety of classes, both in size and subject," explains a history major. "I have had class with 15 people and I have had class with 300 people." "Some professors rock while others suck," says a speech communication major. "Many are researchers who aren’t great teachers." Teaching assistants are also pervasive and "there are a lot of instructors whose primary language isn’t English." The language barriers in class are an unending source of frustration for students.

Overview

Applicants
10,877
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average HS GPA
2.91

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
22%
2.00 - 2.49
9%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
475 - 630
SAT Math
490 - 640
ACT Composite
19 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities

Overall

Students Say

Education, business, agriculture, and aviation are among the many "strong" programs at "affordable" and "diverse" Southern Illinois University—Carbondale. "There is a great variety of classes, both in size and subject," explains a history major. "I have had class with 15 people and I have had class with 300 people." "Some professors rock while others suck," says a speech communication major. "Many are researchers who aren’t great teachers." Teaching assistants are also pervasive and "there are a lot of instructors whose primary language isn’t English." The language barriers in class are an unending source of frustration for students. On the other hand, many faculty members are "insightful and entertaining." They are "approachable" "and seem to have a genuine interest in their students." "My academic experience has been great, especially in my upper-level courses," beams a biology major. A recurrent complaint here concerns the campus infrastructure. "Roofs leak when it rains" and "many of the buildings need fixing up."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14.82:1
Total Faculty
928
with Terminal Degree
727

574
Men
354
Women
188
Minority
25
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
25%
Graduate in 5 years
40%
Graduate in 6 years
44%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agriculture, General
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Plant Sciences, General

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Linguistics

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
  • Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

  • Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Forestry, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Fire Services Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Bob Odenkirk
Actor, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad

Edson Lobato
Brazilian soil fertility scientist & Winner of the World Food Prize

Connie Price-Smith
Olympic Athlete

Joan Higginbotham
Former NASA Astronaut & Space Shuttle Discovery crew member

Steve James
Film Maker, Dir of Hoop Dreams, Life Itself, & The New Americans PBS series

Primo Angeli
Award Winning Artist/Graphic Designer; '96 Offic.AtlantaOlympicGames Poster

Donald McHenry
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,592

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,931

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,368

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,138

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
69%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,367

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

This "very friendly" campus is "very much self-segregated" ethnically but "the student population is very diverse." "You can find a little bit of everything here," says one student. "SIUC is not an elite school," explains a sophomore. "There are students of all ranges of the economic spectrum coming together and coexisting." There are "rich suburb people" from Chicago and St. Louis. There’s a strong contingent of urban kids, too. Many other students are nontraditional students, community college transfers, or "country folks" from "one-stoplight" Illinois towns. "There are students who excelled in high school and students who struggled." "There are many different styles—all the way from preppy to punk to gothic to hip-hop to pajama pants." There are "a few hippies." There are "also the super nerds." "Every group is basically covered." Politically, "SIU is pretty split between conservatives and liberals" but "nobody really rallies for any causes or anything."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
13,461
Out of State
15%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
55

Demographics

1.73%
Asian
20.98%
African-American
8.11%
Hispanic
65.66%
Caucasian
5.58%
International

46% female
54% male
15% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Though parking can be "impossible," SIUC’s wooded campus comes complete with its own little lake and this place is "really pretty," especially in the fall. "Some amazing forest preserves and national parks" are also very close. "The outdoor life here in Southern Illinois is second to none." In addition to all the natural beauty, students can partake in a profound range of extracurricular activities. Everything from amateur radio to skydiving is available. The award-winning school newspaper is a popular rag. "Interesting" big-name speakers frequently drop in and give lectures. Frats exist but "you don’t have to go Greek to find a niche." Saluki athletics are all the rage and students are "really into school spirit." The recreational facilities are "excellent." Off-campus, Carbondale, while "smallish," is "a cool town" and "a fun place to be." "The local music scene is incredible" and you can get into bars once your I.D. says you are 19. Some students insist that the "party scene has calmed down" in recent years. "Southern isn’t as diehard as people would like to believe," they say. Others tell us that "bar crawls and wake-and-bakes" are commonplace. Whatever the case, "you can’t talk about SIUC without talking about the parties." "There are usually a few fun keggers a weekend."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
33%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
71
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Achieve Program

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Kathleen Plesko

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Requred for LD
For DSS, generally, staff will look for the following: 1) that verification of your condition should be made by a qualified treating professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, MSW, etc.); and 2) Your diagnosis and how it affects major life functions with or without treatment. We prefer information about the educational impact of your impairment and academic accommodation recommendations. Ask your treating professional to give us a report that includes: 1. DSM-IV Diagnosis (date of diagnosis and most recent contacts), including the results of assessments used to make the diagnosis. 2. Description of how the condition affects major life activities. 3. Recommendations for academic accommodations (special testing, notetakers, adapted texts, etc.). DSS staff will work with you individually to acquire your documentation and determine your eligibility. Documentation needs to be from within the three-year reevaluation period. For the Achieve Program, the applicant must submit previous psychoeducational testing, from the earliest to the most recent, regardless of its age. Diagnostic information should include measures of cognitive ability, academic ability, and other appropriate measures (language, processing, executive functioning, etc.).

Documentation Requred for ADHD
For DSS, generally, staff will look for the following: 1) that verification of your condition should be made by a qualified treating professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, MSW, etc.); and 2) Your diagnosis and how it affects major life functions with or without treatment. We prefer information about the educational impact of your impairment and academic accommodation recommendations. Ask your treating professional to give us a report that includes: 1. DSM-IV Diagnosis (date of diagnosis and most recent contacts), including the results of assessments used to make the diagnosis. 2. Description of how the condition affects major life activities. 3. Recommendations for academic accommodations (special testing, notetakers, adapted texts, etc.). DSS staff will work with you individually to acquire your documentation and determine your eligibility. Documentation needs to be from within the three-year reevaluation period. For the Achieve Program, documentation can include diagnostic statements from psychologists, psychiatrists, and/or medical doctors with background and experience diagnosing ADD. For Achieve, documentation should also include measures of cognitive ability as well.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
63

7% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Salukis)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Salukis)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

SIU Carbondale is certainly inclusive when it comes to going green. Supported by the student body, the sustainability initiatives of the campus include everything from composting to sustainable theater productions. Signatories of both the Talloires Declaration and the Illinois Sustainable Universities Compact, SIU Carbondale has also completed their first STARS assessment with a Silver ranking, and earned all possible points for Diversity and Affordability. SIU Carbondale boasts not only a vermicomposting facility, but also an aerated static pile (ASP) compost facility that allows for even greater recycling of food and landscape scrap on campus to be turned into valuable compost. Its new Transportation Education Center (TEC) is LEED Silver. Students’ creativity and ambition is leveraged through their encouraged applications for campus sustainability projects, funded by the Green Fee, a $10-per-semester student fee that goes toward projects which advance sustainability on campus. Since its beginning in fall 2009, the Sustainability Council has awarded almost $1.5 million to ninety-nine different projects. There are student representatives on Sustainability Council, a Going Green LLC (Living Learning Community) through University Housing, and a variety of organizations to also develop student leadership in sustainability. Academia is of course still a major component of an SIU education, and sustainability-related classes are offered in more than forty departments including agribusiness economics, forestry, geography, mechanical engineering, and media arts, just to name a few. With so many ways to get involved, SIU makes it easy to "become a Sustainable Saluki!"

Green Rating
90
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
99

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
400

Average Number of PC's per Lab
22.5

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amber Rivers
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
SIU Undergraduate Admissions
Student Services
Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone
618-453-7141

Email
arivers@siu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Morris Library
Student Center
Recreation Center
Saluki Stadium and SIU Arena
Campus Lake

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Shawnee National Forest
Giant City State Park
University Mall
Farmer's Market

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F; Select Saturdays each Semester
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
618-453-7141

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
katt@athletics.siu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
AMTRAK; Enterprise; Hertz; ACE Taxi; Saluki Express (bus); Greyhound; Busdog; BART Transportation; Southern Pride Cab Company; Williamson County Airport; St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
admissions.siu.edu/visit/get-here/

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn; Comfort Inn & Suites; Hampton Inn; Best Western Saluki Inn; Quality Inn; Super 8; Motel 6; SIUC Touch of Nature; Econo Lodge; Royal Plaza Inn; Cabin By The Pond; Cabin On The Hill; Hudley House B&B; Barton House B&B; Kite Hill Vineyard B&B; Makanda Inn B&B; Oak Grove Cabin Rental; Southern Wynds Log Home/Cabins; Stone Creek Cabins; Tom Cat Hill Cabins; Train Inn B&B; Von Jakob B&B; Woodland Cabins
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Key Stats

10,877
Applicants
13,461
Size
82%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists