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Southern Illinois University Carbondale Overview

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a public institution situated in Carbondale, Illinois. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Southern Illinois University Carbondale Known For?

3,214 Undergraduate Awards
$31,424 Avg Cost After Aid
76% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at SIUC is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 83% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SIUC with a bachelor's degree make about $42,900 a year. That's 5% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

SIUC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#77 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SIUC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Online Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Industrial Production Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Most Popular Online Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Online Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Online Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Online Health & Medical Administrative Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SIUC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Highest Paid Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduates College Factual
#4 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual
#15 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is Southern Illinois University Carbondale?

Location of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Contact details for SIUC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901-4512
Phone: 618-453-2121
Website: www.siu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SouthernIllinoisUniversityCarbondale
Twitter: http://twitter.com/siuc

How Do I Get Into SIUC?

You can apply to SIUC online at: admissions.siu.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for SIUC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SIUC?

76% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 76%, SIUC may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Average Test Scores

About 8% of students accepted to SIUC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 440 and 640. Math scores were between 480 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale  ( 440 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale  ( 480 to 690 )
200
800
SIUC received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale  ( 18 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Southern Illinois University Carbondale?

$31,424 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
11.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SIUC is $31,424. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SIUC, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $7,166 a year. That adds up to $28,664 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SIUC is 11.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,088 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,552 undergraduate students at SIUC, with 8,088 being full-time and 1,464 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SIUC

There are also 3,265 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,088 full-time undergraduates at SIUC, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SIUC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SIUC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 156
Black or African American 1,236
Hispanic or Latino 747
White 5,261
International Students 382
Other Races/Ethnicities 306

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 94 countries are represented at SIUC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and China.

Online Learning at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2,095 Took All Classes Online
4,599 Took At Least One Class Online
52,350.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 20 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at SIUC. In 2017-2018, 4,599 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SIUC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SIUC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale was 52,350.0%. This is the #1 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SIUC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SIUC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Air Transportation 26%
Allied Health Professions 4%
Architecture & Related Services 1%
Dental Support Services 16%
Education 5%
Fire Protection 23%
General Architecture 1%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 3%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 26%
Hospitality Management 44%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 3%
Transportation & Materials Moving 26%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SIUC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SIUC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Architecture & Related Services #1
General Architecture #1
Business, Management & Marketing #1
Accounting #1
Business Administration & Management #1
Hospitality Management #1
Communication & Journalism #1
Journalism #1
Computer & Information Sciences #1
Information Science #1
Engineering #1
Engineering Technologies #1
Industrial Production Technology #1
Electrical Engineering #1
Health Professions #1
Allied Health Professions #1
Dental Support Services #1
Health & Medical Administrative Services #1
Mechanic & Repair Technologies #1
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair #1
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #1
Personal & Culinary Services #1
Funeral & Mortuary Science #1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #1
Fire Protection #1
Social Sciences #1
Criminology #1

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 260 0 14 2 276
Air Transportation 41 163 0 0 0 204
Accounting 0 129 0 37 0 166
Allied Health Professions 27 66 0 73 0 166
Social Work 0 85 0 61 0 146
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 99 0 42 0 141
Industrial Production Technology 0 121 0 15 0 136
General Psychology 0 102 0 14 11 127
Health & Physical Education 0 89 0 16 0 105
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 103 0 0 0 103
Mechanical Engineering 0 94 0 9 0 103
Criminology 0 94 0 9 0 103
General Biology 0 91 0 4 0 95
Law 0 0 0 0 86 86
Business Administration & Management 0 39 0 45 1 85
Electrical Engineering 0 49 0 19 12 80
General Architecture 0 43 0 33 0 76
Zoology 0 55 0 14 5 74
Computer Science 0 46 0 24 4 74
Fire Protection 0 56 0 17 0 73
Civil Engineering 0 51 0 15 0 66
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 64 0 0 0 64
Medicine 0 0 0 0 64 64
Forestry 0 54 0 8 0 62
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 60 0 0 0 60
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 15 0 41 4 60
Marketing 0 59 0 0 0 59
Computer Information Systems 0 55 0 0 0 55
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 54 0 0 0 54
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 43 0 11 0 54
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 35 0 15 0 50
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 49 0 0 0 49
Communication Sciences 0 17 0 27 0 44
Fine & Studio Arts 0 33 1 10 0 44
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 43 0 0 0 43
Animal Science 0 39 0 3 0 42
Communication & Media Studies 0 24 0 7 8 39
Dental Support Services 1 37 0 0 0 38
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 29 0 8 0 37
Finance & Financial Management 0 36 0 0 0 36
Economics 0 18 0 6 7 31
General English Literature 0 21 0 5 3 29
Political Science & Government 0 27 0 1 1 29
Hospitality Management 0 27 0 0 0 27
History 0 20 0 5 2 27
Computer Engineering 0 25 0 0 0 25
Anthropology 0 16 0 2 7 25
Drama & Theater Arts 0 23 0 2 0 25
Music 0 12 0 13 0 25
General Agriculture 0 24 0 0 0 24
Special Education 0 22 0 1 1 24
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 24 0 0 0 0 24
Legal Support Services 0 24 0 0 0 24
Educational Administration 0 0 0 19 4 23
Nutrition Science 0 23 0 0 0 23
Chemistry 0 13 0 4 6 23
Journalism 0 22 0 0 0 22
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 22 0 0 0 22
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 14 7 21
Funeral & Mortuary Science 0 21 0 0 0 21
Soil Sciences 0 20 0 0 0 20
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 19 0 0 0 19
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 18 0 0 0 18
Philosophy 0 4 0 7 7 18
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 7 0 8 2 17
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 8 8 16
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 16 0 16
Sociology 0 11 0 1 3 15
Public Administration 0 0 0 15 0 15
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 14 0 0 0 14
Writing Studies 0 9 0 5 0 14
Botany/Plant Biology 0 5 0 4 4 13
Design & Applied Arts 1 12 0 0 0 13
Public Health 0 0 0 12 0 12
Mathematics 0 6 0 3 3 12
Natural Resources Conservation 0 7 0 0 4 11
Physics 0 2 0 5 4 11
Horticulture 0 10 0 0 0 10
Plant Sciences 0 0 0 9 0 9
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 9 0 0 0 9
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 9 0 9
Student Counseling 0 0 0 8 0 8
Business/Managerial Economics 0 7 0 0 0 7
Mining Engineering 0 4 0 2 0 6
Agricultural Production 0 0 0 0 5 5
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 5 5
Ethnic Studies 0 3 2 0 0 5
Food Science Technology 0 3 0 0 0 3
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 3 0 0 0 3
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 3 3
General Engineering Technology 0 2 0 0 0 2
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 2 0 0 0 2
International Studies 0 2 0 0 0 2
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 1 1
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 1
Geography & Cartography 0 0 1 0 0 1
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Theory 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 94 3,120 4 776 284 4,278

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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