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  1. Professors
    C+
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A
  5. Student Life
    C
  6. Location
    C+
Southwestern Illinois is a public college located in Shiloh Valley Township, Illinois in the St. Louis Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,551 undergraduate students. The Southwestern Illinois acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Welding. Graduating 38% of students, Southwestern Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,000.
2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
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Athletic Division
NJCAA Division I
Athletic Conference

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$6,491/ 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
$5,206/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.36 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.34 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    20%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,551Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
5,290
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
4%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$26,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%

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I really appreciate SWIC. It instilled in me the passion to want to learn more and pursue a Bachelor's Degree... I may even go on to graduate school. My professors were amazing at their jobs and taught with passion. Shout out to Mr. Arnold, Dr. Hunter, Mr. Shannon, Mr. Zeigler, Mrs. Nagel, Mr. Monroe, Dr. Cherry, Mrs. Presson, Mr. Bilyeu, and Mrs. Branlund. They really made learning fun and enjoyable. Anyone who says SWIC professors don't care hasn't taken either of these professors. SWIC is also in a nice location. I will say some of the advisors could be more helpful but Mrs. Keisha was always happy to help me with my schedules. I would advise taking classes two days a week as that helped me out a lot and also check your professors out on ratemyprofessor before choosing them. Good luck!
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I enjoyed every single class I took. Professors were understanding, students were friendly. The Music Department and Film Department are absolutely amazing - I learned so much being in choir and making movies. There are so many good places to study on campus and its just across the street from several restaurants. The only thing that let me down was the Theatre Department. I did not feel very supported by those professors at all, which was really unfortunate. But overall, I loved my time there. I'm so happy to have gone there, met so many great people, and had such amazing classes.
My experience with SWIC has been really great! All of my teachers have all shown that they care about me doing more than passing my classes, but also that I actually learning the material. There's also a place to go to for tutoring in almost all types of classes; I spent a lot of time in the math tutoring department (my math teacher gave us extra credit to put towards our exams for studying in there) and all of the tutors were so nice and genuinely wanted to help me and see me succeed in my class. Overall, I'm very happy and thankful for my experience here at SWIC.