Carbondale is a city of 26,000 located six hours south of Chicago, two hours southeast of St. Louis and three hours north of Nashville, Tennessee. Four large recreational lakes, two great rivers (the Mississippi and the Ohio) and the 270,000-acre Shawnee National Forest are within reach of the campus. The mid-South climate is ideal for year-round outdoor activities.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
In addition to the 2.6 million volumes, 3.6 million microfilms and more than 43,000 current periodicals and serials available in Morris Library, students and faculty members have access to more than 200,000 e-books. More details are available online at lib.siu.edu.
Students learn and practice in the Transportation Education Center based at the Southern Illinois Airport, outdoor laboratories, the student-run Daily Egyptian newspaper, WSIU-TV, WSIU-FM, art and natural history museums, a literary magazine, McLeod Theater, Memorial Hospital, a vivarium, plant biology greenhouses, University Farms and Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
All single students under the age of 21 not residing with their parents or legal guardians, and with fewer than 26 credit hours earned after high school, are required to live in university-owned and operated residence halls. SIU offers four on-campus residential areas for single students, each with a dining hall, post office and laundry facilities. Learning Resource Centers, available on both sides of campus, offer writing centers, computer labs and student lounges. University Housing Residence Hall Dining provides all-you-care-to-eat meals and late-night dining. Residence Hall Dining offers a variety of menus, vegetarian and light entrees, display cooking and a full-time dietitian to help students with special dietary needs. Apartment housing is available for sophomore, junior and senior-level undergraduates, graduate students and students with families.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is committed to serving statewide, national and international needs. This commitment is reflected in SIU Extended Campus, which offers educational opportunities located off campus. SIU Extended Campus is present at 20 military installations and 17 nonmilitary locations across 14 states, offering 12 online degree programs, 12 off-campus programs and five military programs.
Off-campus credit programs are designed to meet the educational needs of adults wishing to pursue a degree but who are unable to travel to the Carbondale campus. Faculty members who teach off-campus courses travel to distant sites to teach SIU courses.
All credit courses offered through these programs carry full SIU academic credit and are taught by faculty members appointed by the academic departments of the university. Additional information can be found online at extendedcampus.siu.edu.
Brains of a Nationally Ranked Research University, Heart of a Small College
With all the brains of a nationally ranked research university and all the heart of a small college, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is where students want to be. SIU offers hands-on opportunities, top-ranked programs and indispensable resources students need to develop intellectually and professionally. The university is home to more than 12,000 undergraduate students and nearly 4,000 graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. SIU offers more than 200 majors, minors and specializations, including stellar programs in subjects such as architecture, business, engineering, journalism, theater and zoology. Despite its size, more than 80 percent of undergraduate class sections have fewer than 30 students, and the university's student-faculty ratio of 15-to-1 gives students the opportunity to thrive in an intimate, supportive community. U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2016" ranks SIU in the top-tier category of "Top Public Universities: National Universities," and SIU has been named one of the "Best Midwestern Colleges" by the Princeton Review.
A Rural Campus Close to Metropolitan Areas
SIU is perfectly situated in a rural area of Southern Illinois. From the traditional heart of Old Main campus, the ideal setting for outdoor concerts, to the recently refurbished central campus, SIU is the quintessential college campus. The spacious campus is equipped with plenty of green space that blends nature and academics. Thompson Woods is a park-like setting that serves as a shortcut across campus and doubles as an outdoor lab for forestry students. And the university's Campus Lake provides opportunities for recreation, with a boat dock and fitness trail.
The city of Carbondale is home to about 26,000 residents -- and, like the campus, it offers the best of both worlds. Carbondale offers many entertainment and dining options, and it also is surrounded by natural beauty, located on the fringe of the 280,000-acre Shawnee National Forest -- the only national forest in Illinois.
For those who enjoy the metropolitan areas, the university is within easy driving distance of St. Louis (two hours); Memphis, Tennessee (three hours) and Chicago (six hours).
For those with a desire to learn, SIU offers an academic experience that will take them as far as they want to go
Whatever a student's passion or interest, SIU has a good program of study. SIU offers more than 200 majors, minors, and specializations from 11 colleges and schools: Agricultural Sciences, Applied Sciences and Arts, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Mass Communication and Media Arts, Science, School of Law, School of Medicine and the Graduate School.
Students can pick from a variety of special opportunities to make their SIU education fit their career aspirations. There is the University Honors Program, which offers benefits such as scholarship, leadership and mentorship, and REACH (Research-Enriched Academic Challenge), which offers undergraduates small grants and opportunities to gain research expertise by working alongside faculty mentors. For those who desire to receive a multidimensional education, there are numerous study abroad programs, and living/learning communities for those who want to live with like-minded students. Through SIU's undergraduate extern program, students are paired with sponsors from companies that mesh with their professional goals. Throughout the spring break week, students spend time with their sponsors and apply knowledge from the classroom in a professional work environment.
But that's not all. SIU is dedicated to teaching and mentorship throughout all fields of study. In fact, 90 percent of the instructional faculty members are full-time teaching professionals; this dedicated staff helps all students reach their goals.
Athletics and student organizations enrich campus life
SIU has recognized student organizations (RSOs) for all types of interests. Nearly 300 RSOs represent all academic departments, a variety of faith-based and special-interest groups, sports and recreation clubs, fraternities and sororities, academic honors, residence life, ethnic, international, multicultural, political, leadership, entertainment and event programming interests. The university has about 1,100 students holding leadership positions within their respective RSOs.
When it comes to athletics, Saluki Pride fuels SIU! Saluki Athletics comprises 16 intercollegiate sports in NCAA Division I sports that primarily compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, while in football the Salukis compete in the NCAA FCS (Football Championship Subdivision), which formerly was Division I-AA. The mascot, the Saluki, is unique throughout college athletics; SIU is the only university in the nation that features the Saluki as its mascot.
The Salukis are supported by the campus and throughout the Southern Illinois region, and SIU has its own DAWG POUND. The DAWG POUND is the student spirit group that supports the Salukis at all home games, and it creates a great home field/court advantage. All SIU students have free admission to athletic events.
Paying for SIU
SIU offers tuition rates equal to those paid by in-state students to incoming freshmen, transfer and graduate students from Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The estimated $27,000 annual cost includes tuition, fees, room and board and approximate costs for books, supplies and living expenses. Because the university's mission is to make sure nothing stands between students and their education, more than 90 percent of students receive some form of financial aid. SIU also has announced a new merit scholarship program for incoming freshmen that is designed to reward students for their academic achievements, and to cover more tuition expenses. Based on students' academic achievements, they already may qualify for significant award funding! To learn more, please visit scholarships.siu.edu.
Campus Information and Services
SIU offers a number of student services, including health care, a wellness center, tutoring, placement services, day care and health insurance. The school provides the balance between intensive study and relaxation opportunities with an expanded Morris Library and our Student Recreation Center and Student Center. SIU also places an emphasis on student safety with 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols through the fully commissioned police force, emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols and controlled residence hall access.