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- Party SceneA
- Campus FoodB
- Student LifeB
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.
NCAA Division I-FCS
Missouri Valley Conference
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.133 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.153 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.153 responses
Most Popular Majors
Healthcare Management126 Graduates
Manufacturing Engineering Technician115 Graduates
Automotive Engineering Technician113 Graduates
Aviation Management and Operations112 Graduates
Radiation Therapy95 Graduates
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- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.166 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.201 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.87 responses
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Reviews
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.
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!