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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C
Southern Illinois Carbondale is a public university located in Carbondale, Illinois. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,455 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southern Illinois Carbondale acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Education, Manufacturing Engineering Technician, and Healthcare Management. Graduating 40% of students, Southern Illinois Carbondale alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,200.
About Southern Illinois University Carbondale...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
1263 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Website

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
920-1330
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Test Prep

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Cost

Net Price
$16,431/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,924/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.133 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.151 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.151 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,455Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,532
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 86 responses
Report
  • Nice
    22%
  • Content
    20%
  • Busy
    17%
  • Quiet during the week, and a freak on the weekend
    14%
  • Free
    9%
  • Without care
    8%
  • Ignorant
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.164 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.199 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 97 responses
Report
  • Good in some areas Bad in others
    29%
  • Students are first!
    18%
  • Put actual effort into it and you'll be fine
    12%
  • Rewarding
    10%
  • Laid Back
    9%
  • Fun and Exciting
    8%
  • Unique, do your work to pass
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
40%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.87 responses
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Great university! As an aviation student, I could ask for a better place to be! the staff and faculty at the airport are absolutely phenomenal people and the facility for the university at the airport is state of the art! The planes used for flight training are kept in great condition and look great! Also, SIU has some great connections in the aviation industry with American and United Continental Airlines, so that unique internships and job opportunities can be yours for the taking if you wish. I would highly suggest joining some sort of aviation-related organization here as we have the lot to choose from. Dorm life is very fun, but a complaint would be that the rooms are quite small and there is not a whole lot of storage so beware! Overall I love coming down to Southern Illinois University Carbondale as it is a great place to be. GO DAWGS!
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I love SIU! The area is amazing, ESPECIALLY if you love the outdoors. Tons of delicious restaurants and great art/punk scenes. Very diverse and full of interesting people. Enrollment is down, but it doesn't have an impact on the quality of my experience. It's a really great school--perfect size, pretty affordable, and a quality education.
Southern Illinois is a great school and the location is amazing! The dorm life is adequate from others I've seen and heard of. The town surrounding SIU is a perfect combination of relaxed enough for the locals, and exciting enough for the students. Not as many parties as when I was a freshman for sure, but the bar scene makes up for it. Plenty of affordable housing options around town. the downfalls are that, not all the teachers speak very good english, and i feel that the school cares more about getting the money, rather than helping the students. Overall the school is going to be what you make of it, but I'd give it a 3 star overall.