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Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU), chartered in 1869, is a comprehensive, state-supported institution with nationally and internationally recognized instructional, research and service programs. SIU is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. SIU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors, minors and specializations; three associate degree programs; 95 baccalaureate degree programs; 80 master's degree programs; 34 doctoral programs; and professional degrees in law and medicine. SIU is a multicampus university that includes the Carbondale campus as well as the SIU School of Medicine at Springfield.

During the 2016 academic year, SIU's enrollment was 15,987, which included 12,182 undergraduate students, 3,183 graduate students and 622 professional students. The average age of undergraduates is 23.2. International students account for 8.5 percent of SIU's total enrollment. Of U.S. undergraduate students, 17.19 percent are African-American, 0.2 percent are American Indian/Alaskan, 1.8 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander and 8.8 percent are Hispanic.

Students who are ready to start college but not ready to commit to a specific major can enroll in SIU's Exploratory Student-Undeclared (EXPU) program. Advisers and career counselors help these students plan their education and careers.

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Overview

Applicants
7,941
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average HS GPA
3.14

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
25%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 530
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
998
with Terminal Degree
692

568
Men
430
Women
208
Minority
27
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
40%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Economics.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other.
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Women's 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/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Engineering Technology, General.
  • Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering.

  • 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.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician.
  • Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.
  • Medicine.
  • Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant.
  • Physician Assistant.
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
  • Fire Services Administration.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General.
  • Law.
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MECHANIC AND REPAIR TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS.

  • Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Gerontology.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Nutrition Sciences.
  • Systems Science and Theory.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.
  • Forestry, General.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy.

  • 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.

  • Educational Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods.
  • 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.


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."

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Connie Price-Smith
Olympic athlete & coach, member USATF Hall of Fame

Joan Higginbotham
Former NASA astronaut & Space Shuttle Discovery crew. Lowe?s executive.

Janice Jacobs
Former U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.

Larry O. Spencer
Retired USAF Vice Chief of Staff; President, USAF Assoc. 4-Star General

Walt Frazier
NBA champion and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member

Justin Hartley
Actor, This Is Us and The Young and the Restless

Senait Fisseha
Physician & Director of International Programs, Susan Buffett Foundation

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
40%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

From The School



Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,629

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,904

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,693

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
66%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,637

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,101

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

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 Methodology

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,987
Foreign Countries Represented
47

Demographics

1.72%
Asian
16.26%
African-American
8.87%
Hispanic
65.09%
Caucasian
3.94%
International

46% female
54% male
17% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

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."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
22%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
The Achieve Program

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Sam Goodin

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Required for LD

Achieve requires as much comprehensive diagnostic and psychoeducational evaluations and records as can be provided. Achieve wants to see records across the lifespan, if possible. Measures of cognitive ability, academic ability, and social and emotional abilities are highly useful in Achieve's evaluation process. Achieve also wants to see current IEP's, SOP's, and/or 504 plan accommodations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Achieve requires as much comprehensive diagnostic and psychoeducational evaluations and records as can be provided. Achieve wants to see records across the lifespan, if possible. Measures of cognitive ability, academic ability, and social and emotional abilities are highly useful in Achieve's evaluation process. Achieve also wants to see current IEP's, SOP's, and/or 504 plan accommodations.

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
331
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
12

9% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Salukis)
10 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: smrc.siu.edu/lgbtq

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!"

84/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
99

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amber Rivers
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
SIU Undergraduate Admissions
Student Services Building, 1263 Lincoln Drive, MC 4710
Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone
618-453-7141

Email
visitsiu@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
visitsiu@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; Uber; Saluki Express (bus); Greyhound; Busdog; BART Transportation; Jet Taxi; Williamson County Airport; St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

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

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn & Suites; Days Inn & Suites; Hampton Inn; Best Western Saluki Inn; Super 8; SIUC Touch of Nature; Cabin By The Pond; Cabin On The Hill; 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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