Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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School Overview

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is a public research university founded in 1869. With an undergraduate student body of over 18,000, the Carbondale campus is the flagship of the Southern Illinois University (SIU) system.

SIUC offers more than 200 undergraduate programs, as well as 60 Master’s degrees, 30 Ph.D.’s and professional training in medicine, law, business, architecture and more.

SUIC is a highly regarded research institution. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has designated SIUC as a research university with high activity (RU/H). In terms of the school’s overall research and
development budget, the National Science Foundation has ranked SIUC 101st among public universities.

U.S. News & World Report classified SIUC as a National University, meaning it is an institution of higher education that focuses on research and offers a strong array of doctorate programs.

General Information

Admission Office

Mailcode 4701

Carbondale, IL 62901-4701

(618) 453-4381

Fax: (618) 453-3250

Contact: Patsy Reynolds

Director, Admissions
Main Address

Carbondale, IL 62901

(618) 453-2121

Total undergrads: 15,980

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,686

Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,921

Graduate enrollment: 4,035


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:





First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 69%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $8,899 $9,813 $10,411 $10,468 +0.55%
Books and Supplies $900 $900 $900 $1,100 +22.22%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,666 $7,516 $8,082 $8,292 +2.60%
Other $2,436 $2,521 $2,520 $2,672 +6.03%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,901 $20,750 $21,913 $22,532 +2.82%
In-state Off Campus $9,799 $10,713 $11,311 $11,568 +2.27%
In-state with Family $9,799 $10,713 $11,311 $11,568 +2.27%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $7,872
In-state Student Fees $3,172
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $19,680
Out-of-state Student Fees $3,172

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,996 75%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,461 55% $12,256,689 $8,389
• Federal grants 876 33% $3,863,675 $4,411
• Pell grants 858 32% $3,176,450 $3,702
• Other federal grants 573 22% $687,225 $1,199
Local and state government scholarships or grants 1,069 40% $5,225,050 $4,888
Institutional scholarships or grants 819 31% $3,167,964 $3,868
Student loan financial aid 1,633 61% $10,279,101 $6,295
• Federal student loans 1,622 61% $9,122,383 $5,624
• Other student loans 120 5% $1,156,718 $9,639

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4021 955 358 66 13
Agriculture 119 12
Agricultural Economics 38 3
Animal Sciences 36 4
Plant Sciences 45 5
Architecture and Related Services 51 10
Architecture 51 10
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 9
Black/african-american Studies
Women’s Studies 9
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 149 42 20
Biology and Biological Sciences 56 1
Botany/plant Biology 5 5 2
Microbiology 11
Molecular Biochemistry 12 5
Molecular Physiology 4 1
Pharmacology 1 5
Physiology 22
Systematic Biology/biological Systematics
Zoology/animal Biology 55 19 7
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 442 94 17
Accounting 64 34
Business Administration and Management 5 60 17
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Business/managerial Economics 13
Finance 73
Hospitality Administration/management, Other 40
Management Science 132
Marketing/marketing Management 115
Communication and Journalism Studies 179 23 6
Communication and Media Studies, Other 12
Journalism 88 1
Journalism, Other
Mass Media Studies 11 5
Radio and Television 91
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 77 23
Computer Science 17 23
Information Science 60
Education 784 174 31
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction 31 8
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 42
Educational Leadership, Management and Administration 15 5
Elementary Education, Teaching and Instruction 154
Health Teacher Education 8 8 6
Higher Education Teaching and Administration 10
Physical Education/coaching Teacher Education 21
Special Education Teacher Education 43 6
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 10
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 29
Trade and Industrial Teaching and Education 516 65 12
Engineering 136 117 13
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 2
Civil Engineering 40 10
Civil Engineering, Other
Computer Engineering 12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 35 93 10
Engineering 3
Mechanical Engineering 42 10
Mining and Mineral Engineering 7 2
Engineering Technology 329 12
Automotive Engineering Technology/technician 69
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/technicians, Other 94
Industrial Technology/technician 166
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 12
English Language and Literature/letters 127 28 12
Creative Writing 9
English Language and Literature 71 10 1
Rhetoric and Composition 56 9 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 38 18
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Foreign Languages and Literatures 9
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 6
French Language and Literature 4
German Language and Literature 8
Linguistics 5 9
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 14
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 300 112 78 27
Athletic Training/trainer 14
Communication Sciences and Disorders 32 20
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 8
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 39
Dental Laboratory Technology/technician
Health Unit Manager/ward Supervisor 6
Health/health Care Administration/management 141
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 53 20
Medicine 71
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 27
Physician Assistant 23
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 21 18 7
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor 17
History 71 6 3
History 71 6 3
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 178 7
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 114 7
Fire Services Administration 64
Human Services 69 85
Public Administration 23
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work 69 62
Legal Studies 27 10 134
Advanced Legal Research/studies 6
American/u.s. Law/legal Studies/jurisprudence 4
Law 134
Legal Assistant/paralegal 27
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 37
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 37
Mathematics and Statistics 13 5 2
Mathematics 13 5 2
Mechanics and Repairers 31
Avionics Maintenance Technology/technician 31
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 84 1
Gerontology 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 38
Nutrition Sciences 46
Systems Science and Theory
Natural Resources and Conservation 34 14 1
Forestry 34 14
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 75 46
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 25 31
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 50 15
Sport and Fitness Administration/management
Personal and Culinary Services 14
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science 14
Physical Sciences 16 17 7
Chemistry 8 1 3
Geology/earth Science 6 8 1
Physics 2 8 3
Psychology 124 25 23
Educational Psychology 17 3
Psychology 124 8 20
Social Sciences 154 27 11
Anthropology 19 6 1
Economics 25 8 5
Geography 26 8
Political Science and Government 51 1 2
Social Sciences
Sociology 33 4 3
Transportation and Materials Moving 130 39
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot and Flight Crew 39
Aviation/airway Management and Operations 130
Visual and Performing Arts 212 39 3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3
Art/art Studies 20
Cinematography and Film/video Production 62
Design and Visual Communications
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 20 5
Dramatic/theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Film/video and Photographic Arts, Other
Fine/studio Arts 71 14
Interior Design 9
Music 30 20
Work and Family Studies 21 9
Apparel and Textiles 20
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 1 9
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Economics B

Agriculture – General B

Animal Sciences B

Plant Sciences B

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B

Design/Visual Communications B

Drama/Theater Arts B

Film Production/Cinematography B

Fine/Studio Arts B

Interior Design B

Music – General B

Musical theater B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Botany B

Microbiology B

Physiology B

Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B

Business Administration/Management B

Business/Managerial Economics B

Finance/Banking B

Hospitality Administration/Management B

Management Science B

Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B

Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

Information Sciences/Systems B


Early Childhood Education B

Elementary Education B

Health Teacher Education B

Physical Education B

Special Education B

Trade/Industrial Education B


Civil Engineering B

Computer Engineering – General B

Electrical/Communications Engineering B

Mechanical Engineering B

Mining/Mineral Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Automotive Engineering Technology B

Electrical Engineering Technologies B

Electronics systems technologies B

Engineering Technology – General B

Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B

Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B

Foreign languages and international trade B

French B

German B

Linguistics B

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

51.2399 Rehabilitation services B

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B

Communication Disorders B

Dental Hygiene B

Health System Administration B

Medical Radiologic Technology B

Physical Therapy Assistance A

Physician Assistance B

Respiratory Therapy A


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Avionics Maintenance/Technology B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Nutrition Sciences B

Technical resource management B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Forestry – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Personal & Culinary Services

Funeral Services/Mortuary Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B

Geology B

Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Fire Services Administration B

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B

Economics B

Geography B

Political Science/Government B

Social Sciences – General B

Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Airline – Commercial Pilot/Flight Crew A

Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree

    B = Bachelor’s degree

    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(618) 453-2121
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901-4512
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:15,987
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):44%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:12,752 (80% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$13,481
Out-of-state Tuition:$27,130
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,774

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences631
Architecture and Related Services11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1565
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services721
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2363
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services311
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields41
English Language and Literature/Letters232
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics82
Health Professions and Related Programs24771
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service22
Legal Professions and Studies12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics111
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1311
Natural Resources and Conservation111
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies32
Personal and Culinary Services11
Philosophy and Religious Studies111
Physical Sciences1333
Public Administration and Social Service Professions12
Social Sciences766
Transportation and Materials Moving11
Visual and Performing Arts174
Grand total106987839

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields11
Health Professions and Related Programs22
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Personal and Culinary Services1
Grand total96

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,100

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,09795%
Grant or scholarship aid1,94187%$9,774
Student loan aid1,58071%$7,131

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid10,12378%$9,791
Federal student loans7,70259%$7,345

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southern Illinois University-Carbondale students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants9,0844,0994,985
Percent admitted100%78%76%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%20%16%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment15,987
Undergraduate enrollment12,182
Graduate enrollment3,805

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
    • Funeral Service Education (FUSER) - Institutions and programs awarding diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Dental Laboratory Technology (DT)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (Center for English as a Second Language)
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Magnetic Resonance (MR) - Programs for magnetic resonance technologists
    • Medical Dosimetry (MD) - Programs for medical dosimetrists
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers (School of Allied Health)
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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