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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 University Carbondale is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Website
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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
77%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
880-1130
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$17,149/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,825/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,737/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,460/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,551/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,083/ year
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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.145 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.145 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,554Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 80 responses
Report
  • Nice
    23%
  • Content
    21%
  • Busy
    16%
  • Quiet during the week, and a freak on the weekend
    15%
  • Free
    10%
  • Without care
    8%
  • Ignorant
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.158 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.193 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 91 responses
Report
  • Good in some areas Bad in others
    30%
  • Students are first!
    19%
  • Put actual effort into it and you'll be fine
    11%
  • Rewarding
    11%
  • Laid Back
    10%
  • Fun and Exciting
    8%
  • Unique, do your work to pass
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
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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I have found SIU to be an amazing experience! I love being surrounded by nature and having tons of local wineries and breweries close by. The party seen at this school is pretty good and has a strong tradition here. My professors always go above and beyond for me whenever I have a question. Another aspect of SIU is that they offer special dietary services in their dining halls. A friend of mine had Celiac Disease freshman year and I was amazed to see how much they provided for her so that she could feel comfortable eating. She told me that they even have allergy kitchens on both sides of the dining halls! Overall, I loved my time here as a Saluki and would recommend this college to anyone and everyone!
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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.
Southern Illinois University is a fairly small, public university. It is presently under-funded, as are many schools in Illinois. However, this has not stopped Southern Illinois University from doing its best to provide a quality experience for its students. The College of Agricultural Sciences especially has continued to offer many exceptional programs. The COAS has continued to grow in a time when many of the university's colleges have seen a decline in enrollment. I am very grateful for the quality experience they have provided me with.
However, despite my great experience, there are aspects of the university that could be improved. Emphasis is placed on research, and those who participate in research are clearly favored. Unfortunately, the opportunities to get involved in research have continued to dwindle. Furthermore, recent administrative turmoil has caused further stress on the university, and it has been reflected in its operations.