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Carbondale, Illinois

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Chances of getting into Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
92%
Admission Difficulty for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Southern Illinois University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Southern Illinois University is 92%.  It ranks #55 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 5,658 out of 6,165 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 61 percent (SAT 930/1180 ACT 20/27). Southern Illinois University Carbondale typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.23. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 75% of students submitted SAT scores and 55% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Southern Illinois University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
930-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT 
75%
SAT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 460
SAT Composite 25th 930
SAT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1060

SAT Scores you need to get in

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 73 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 930 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 1060 out of 1600. Southern Illinois University ranks #29 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 2020 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 
1180 and Above Good >96%
1055 to 1180 Avg + 92%-96%
930 to 1055 Avg - 86%-92%
805 to 930 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 805 Low <76%
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Southern Illinois University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
55%
ACT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
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 16 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 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #22 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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Southern Illinois University Carbondale admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >96%
23 to 27 Avg + 92%-96%
20 to 23 Avg - 87%-92%
17 to 20 Reach 79%-87%
Less than 17 Low <79%
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Southern Illinois University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.23
Typical High School Grades 
B

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

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into Southern Illinois University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Southern Illinois University Carbondale was 3.23 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #42 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.23 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Southern Illinois University accepts 92% 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 
4.0 17.49% Good
3.75 to 3.99 5.11% Good
3.50 to 3.74 14.83% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 14.31% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.31% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 22.54% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 10.97% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.44% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

68.06% 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 15.49%
Top 25% of class 38.62%
Top 50% of class 68%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Southern Illinois University Carbondale admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,619 2,536 6,165
Accepted 3,355 2,297 5,658
Acceptance Rate 93% 91% 92%
Enrolled 735 625 1,361
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 27% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Southern Illinois University Carbondale is $40.

Application 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 Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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?

92% of those who apply are granted admission to Southern Illinois University. Admission competition is and the college has average 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 930 and 1180. 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 20 and 27. 55% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.