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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.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. Southern Illinois University Carbondale is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||520|
|SAT Math 25th||510|
|SAT Composite 25th||1030|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||630|
|SAT Math 75th||620|
|SAT Composite 75th||1250|
|Average SAT Score||1140|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Southern Illinois University Carbondale?
Southern Illinois University Carbondale typically prefers 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
|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%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||21|
|ACT Math 25th||19|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||29|
|ACT Math 75th||27|
|ACT Composite 75th||28|
|Average ACT Score||24|
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
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
61% of Southern Illinois University Carbondale freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||27%||32%||29%|
The cost for prospective students to apply to Southern Illinois University Carbondale is $40.
What are the requirements for admission to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
75% of students submit their SAT scores to Southern Illinois University. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.