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-FCS
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

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
930-1210
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$15,595/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,354/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,788/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,286/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,517/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,864/ 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.140 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.140 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,371Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 75 responses
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  • Nice
    24%
  • Content
    21%
  • Busy
    16%
  • Quiet during the week, and a freak on the weekend
    15%
  • 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.153 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.188 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 86 responses
Report
  • Good in some areas Bad in others
    30%
  • Students are first!
    19%
  • Rewarding
    12%
  • Laid Back
    10%
  • Put actual effort into it and you'll be fine
    10%
  • Fun and Exciting
    7%
  • Unique, do your work to pass
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
48%
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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So far, my experience at SIUC has been amazing! The professors are very professional, yet you can go to them with any question or comment, academic or not. The campus is gorgeous, built around Thompson Woods and Campus Lake. Everything is clean and enjoyable. I am a physics major, so I have not communicated with the other departments, but the physics department is close-knit and casual. You can research almost anything, but there is a focus on Material Science. One can easily get to know the faculty and the small student body of physics major and make lifelong friends and connections.
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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.
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.