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Carbondale, Illinois

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Chances of getting into Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
66.4%
Admission Difficulty for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into Southern Illinois University and can I get accepted? The school has a 66% acceptance rate ranking it #33 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,569 out of 5,377 applicants were admitted making Southern Illinois University a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 49 percent. Southern Illinois University Carbondale typically accepts and attracts "B-" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Southern Illinois University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1030-1250
Applicants Submitting SAT
75%
SAT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1250
Average SAT Score 1140

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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 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 920. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. The school ranks #13 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Southern Illinois University Carbondale admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1250 and Above Good >77%
1140 to 1250 Avg + 66%-77%
1030 to 1140 Avg - 53%-66%
920 to 1030 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 920 Low <40%
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Southern Illinois University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
55%
ACT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Southern Illinois University Carbondale admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >78%
24 to 28 Avg + 66%-78%
21 to 24 Avg - 55%-66%
18 to 21 Reach 44%-55%
Less than 18 Low <44%
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Southern Illinois University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Southern Illinois University Carbondale?

You can get into Southern Illinois University 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 GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Southern Illinois University accepts 66% of students who apply.

 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Southern Illinois University Carbondale admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,976 2,379 5,377
Accepted 1,923 1,643 3,569
Acceptance Rate 65% 69% 66%
Enrolled 514 522 1,037
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 32% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does Southern Illinois University Carbondale prefer SAT or ACT?

75% of students submit their SAT scores to Southern Illinois University. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Southern Illinois University Carbondale?

66% of those who apply are granted admission to Southern Illinois University. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Southern Illinois University Carbondale?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1250. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Southern Illinois University Carbondale?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 55% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.