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 University Carbondale is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
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

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Cost

Net Price
$15,778/ year
National
$15,431
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,521/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,973/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,568/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,374/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,634/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
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.137 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.137 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,873Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 72 responses
Report
  • Nice
    25%
  • Content
    22%
  • Quiet during the week, and a freak on the weekend
    15%
  • Busy
    13%
  • Free
    11%
  • Without care
    7%
  • Ignorant
    4%

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.150 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.185 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • Good in some areas Bad in others
    30%
  • Students are first!
    19%
  • Rewarding
    12%
  • Laid Back
    11%
  • Put actual effort into it and you'll be fine
    10%
  • Fun and Exciting
    7%
  • Unique, do your work to pass
    6%

After Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
47%
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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SIU is a pretty decent school overall. For academics, my professors were very helpful and had in depth understanding of what they were teaching. But it all depends on what major you are taking. I know firsthand that SIU has one of the best aviation programs in the country which made my time at the school totally worth it. If you are an outdoor kind of person, you will find SIU very pleasing. The Giant City state park is nearby which has wonderful hiking trails. SIU's Touch of Nature also organizes a lot of outdoor activities every semester (camping, hiking, canoeing etc.). There are also numerous lakes around to go fishing or canoeing. If you like to party, SIU is a sure bet! Carbondale has really good bars and clubs and there are always parties every weekend. In all, College experience comes down to what you make of it. The school certainly provides everything you would expect in a typical college environment.
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I recently enrolled at SIU. I started the summer semester and was informed there was a change in my program, new core courses were required. The core courses went from 3 to 8! Also, after further investigation, my entire degree area had been done away with and no one even told me! Not a good first impression. They also have a ridiculous number of fees on top of their tuition. 14 fees in total on my bill this semester! Also, they used to be a huge party school and have gone extreme in the opposite direction in an attempt to fix that. You cannot have more than 2 unrelated people living in a house, and alchohol is not permitted at school events or sporting events.
SIU-C remains a soci-academic bulwark across adamant boundaries. It played and continues to help learners and alumni forge opportunity where adversity exists and catalyze change in the Greater Good's interest. My primacy principled experiences include baseball camp participation for over 5 years, unfettered recreational use of facilities; such as exercise paths at Campus Lake, its beach, the recreational center's fitness and study areas; in conjunction with academic functions toward furthering preparation for college as well as classroom performance upon entrance; e.g. University Honors programs. All in all, SIU-C has been and will continue to contribute its presence to battles and pleasures throughout the remainder of my life.