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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  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 8,088 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southern Illinois Carbondale acceptance rate is 72%. Popular majors include Education, Accounting, and Psychology. Graduating 41% of students, Southern Illinois Carbondale alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,200.
1263 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
About Southern Illinois Carbondale...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference

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.

SIUC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1000-1210
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,105/ 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
$11,738/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.133 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.153 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.153 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
17
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
17
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    59%
  • Online
    17%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,088Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,464
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 85 responses
Report
  • Nice
    22%
  • Content
    20%
  • Busy
    18%
  • Quiet during the week, and a freak on the weekend
    14%
  • Free
    9%
  • Without care
    8%
  • Ignorant
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.166 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.201 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 99 responses
Report
  • Good in some areas Bad in others
    28%
  • Students are first!
    17%
  • Put actual effort into it and you'll be fine
    14%
  • 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
41%
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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For a public institution in the Midwest, I thought SIU was great! I believe that intellectual conversations do happen inside and outside of the classroom. SIU does have a big sports culture, but I was not impressed with the success of our teams (but hey, we still had spirit). SIU student are very politically active and do encourage others to get involved. I usually felt safe on campus. People are known to partake in alcohol and drugs on weekends, but it's not a giant party school by any means. The professors are generally pretty accessible and do care about student success. Greek Life is alright, I guess. SIU also does provide plenty of opportunities for students get involved in the Arts and Volunteerism.
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I loved my time at SIU. I attended from 2007-2011 and while it wasn’t the party school it was known for in the 90’s, it was never short on entertainment. From tailgating football games, pregaming for basketball games, and night life; Carbondale was quite the experience. Classes and professors were probably pretty average but accessible and helpful. Summers in Carbondale were the best!
SIU is a really underrated university. It is known for multiple nationally ranked programs such as aviation, criminology, forestry, journalism, psychology, speech pathology, and zoology. We also have law and medical schools and a research library with 4 million volumes and 53,000 periodical subscriptions. Add to that living on the edge of a 500,000 acre national forest!