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Carbondale, Illinois

Southern Illinois University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
76%
Admission Difficulty for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Southern Illinois University and can I get accepted? The school has a 76% acceptance rate ranking it #51 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,051 out of 7,961 applicants were admitted making Southern Illinois University Carbondale an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent. Southern Illinois University Carbondale typically accepts and attracts "B-" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Southern Illinois University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1000-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
8%
SAT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1200

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Southern Illinois University Carbondale?

Southern Illinois University Carbondale typically requires applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 800. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #17 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 8 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Southern Illinois University Carbondale admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >84%
1195 to 1390 Avg + 76%-84%
1000 to 1195 Avg - 65%-76%
805 to 1000 Reach 52%-65%
Less than 805 Low <52%
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Southern Illinois University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
94%
ACT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Southern Illinois University?

Admission data indicates that Southern Illinois University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #18 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 94 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Southern Illinois University Carbondale admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >84%
23 to 26 Avg + 76%-84%
20 to 23 Avg - 65%-76%
17 to 20 Reach 52%-65%
Less than 17 Low <52%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
2.86
Typical High School Grades
B-

You can get into Southern Illinois University Carbondale with slightly below average high school grades. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Southern Illinois University Carbondale was 2.86 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #51 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 2.86 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Southern Illinois University accepts 76% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Southern Illinois University Carbondale students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 11% Good
3.50 to 3.75 8% Good
3.25 to 3.50 11% Good
3.00 to 3.25 13% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 26% Avg +
2.50 to 2.75 22% Avg -
2.25 to 2.50 9% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

61% of Southern Illinois University Carbondale freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Southern Illinois University Carbondale students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 11%
Top 25% of class 31%
Top 50% of class 61%
Bottom 50% of class 39%
Bottom 25% of class 13%

Admission Statistics

Southern Illinois University Carbondale admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,375 3,566 7,961
Accepted 3,309 2,740 6,051
Acceptance Rate 76% 77% 76%
Enrolled 715 680 1,395
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
164

Applicants have 164 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on May 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Southern Illinois University before the May 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
Mar 14 Mar 27
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19
Apr 4 Apr 14

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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