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Southern Illinois University in Carbondale

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About Southern Illinois University in Carbondale

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC) is the main campus in the SIU system. SIUC, which began as a teacher's college in 1869, still educates prospective teachers, while also offering degrees in dozens of other fields of study. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 100th among the top public schools in the country.


The university offers over 200 majors, minors and other programs through its 11 academic schools and colleges. It also has a program called REACH that allows students to compete for grants to work on research projects with faculty advisers. SIUC features an honors program for all undergraduate students with the aim of simulating private college classes within a public university setting.

Students are also provided with a range of distance learning options, including online classes and classes taught off campus at various locations. The school offers study abroad opportunities as well; students can apply for direct study abroad programs, faculty-led programs and exchanges.


To apply for admission to the university as an undergraduate, applicants must submit an application (which is used for admission and scholarships), application fee and official copies of ACT or SAT scores and high school transcripts. Freshmen applications are due by the first of May for the summer and fall semesters and the first of December for the spring semester. Additional materials are required for some programs, such as the dental hygiene, radiologic sciences and aviation flight. Other programs, including the interior design, electrical engineering, paralegal studies and music programs, require a screening process.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of Fall 2013, undergraduate tuition is $8,577 per year for Illinois residents and $21,443 per year for non-residents. The university recommends that undergraduate students budget $2,689 for living expenses and $1,100 for books and supplies. Students who want to pay their balance in installments can apply for the budget payment plan and pay off their balance in 2-4 installments. The priority FAFSA submission deadline is March 1, and most SIU scholarships have a deadline of February 1. Financial aid options include loans, work-study, grants and scholarships.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 15,000 undergraduate and 4,817 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing Two residence hall areas and four apartment areas**
Schools and Programs 11 academic schools and colleges; more than 200 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Associate's: Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant (25)
Bachelor's: Trade and Industrial Teacher Education (535)
Master's: Electrical and Electronics Engineering (121)
Doctoral: Law (128)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate For students who began in Fall 2005:
24% in four years
44% in six years
46% in eight years*
Admission Rate 51% in Fall 2012*
Entering Class 2,417 in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rate 66% for full-time and 38% for part-time students (2010-2011)*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 21.4 in Fall 2012**
Application Due Date May 1 (Fall 2013)**
Undergraduate Total Cost $25,420 for residents and $38,286 for non-residents (tuition, room and board, fees, books and living expenses for on/off-campus students as of Fall 2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (51%)
State and local grants/scholarships (45%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (28%)
Federal loans (72%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 89% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *NCES, College Navigator, **Southern Illinois University Carbondale

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, 425 Clocktower Drive, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Phone: (618) 536-4405
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