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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale overview
Location Carbondale, Illinois
Online siuc.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Southern Illinois University Carbondale overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is a public research university located in Carbondale, Illinois, with a history dating back to its founding in 1869. The campus, characterized by its blend of modern and brutalist architecture, is set in a rural college town about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. Offering a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs, SIUC is particularly recognized for its strong emphasis on research and specialized programs in areas such as aviation, automotive technology, and forestry. The university's application process is considered moderately selective. SIUC provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its student population. Moreover, among its athletic programs, the SIU Salukis compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference, with a notable history in track and field.

In the most recent statistical year 6,987 prospective students applied, and 6,648 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,422 enrolled in the school.  8,637 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,629 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $9,638 plus fees of $5,602. Southern Illinois University is ranked 382 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Southern Illinois University is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Southern Illinois University Carbondale overview
SAT 930/1160
ACT 20/28
GPA 3.24

Applications Accepted

Southern Illinois University Carbondale overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$5,602
Room and Board $10,622
Budget for Other Expenses$2,941
Total One Year Cost$29,903

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

44% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southern Illinois University Carbondale students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 20%
Business 10%
Health Professions 8%
Engineering Technology 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149222 IPEDS survey data for Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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