Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Brief Description

With all the brains of a nationally recognized research university and the heart of a small liberal arts college, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is among Illinois' most comprehensive public universities with an outstanding reputation nationwide. As the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system, SIU Carbondale is categorized as a research university with high research activity by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation. Home to more than 18,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students, SIU is situated on a vast 1,136-acre rural campus in the rolling hills of Carbondale alongside the Mississippi within miles of the Missouri border.

From its humble beginnings as the state’s second teachers college founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale began with twelve academic departments and an inaugural class of just 143 students. After it continued to be primarily a state-supported normal school for more than 70 years, Delyte W. Morris took office as the longest-serving university and transformed SIU Carbondale. Nearly tripling in size by 1980, the Southern Illinois University flagship campus is now an elite institution of higher education with over 200 degree programs.

Consistently named as one of the "Best of the Midwest" by the Princeton Review, SIU Carbondale is currently ranked as the 177th best college, 98th top public school, and 46th top university for military veterans in the entire United States by the U.S. News and World Report. Furthermore, the university has been ranked within the top four percent of institutions in the nation by the National Science Foundation. Offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree options, the highest ranking programs are in business administration, finance, automotive technology, American philosophy, aviation, zoology, law, and medicine.

Nicknamed the Salukis in honor of the royal Egyptian dog breed, Southern Illinois University Carbondale sponsors 16 high-achieving varsity teams in basketball, cross country, golf, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball within the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). For those who are not athletically inclined, SIU Carbondale is home to more than 400 registered student organizations, including the oldest student security team in the nation. Some of the most notable former Salukis include comedian James Belushi, basketball Hall of Famer Walt Frazier, NFL quarterback Jim Hart, astronaut John Higginbotham, bassist Darryl Jones, wrestler Randy Savage, and author Jackie Spinner.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 17788

Total institution enrollment: 22552

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 Disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Faner Hall 2179
Carbondale, IL 62901


(618) 453-2121


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 57%

Female undergraduate population: 43%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate

Accounting And Finance
Agricultural Business And Production Other
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture / Agricultural Sciences General
Aircraft Mechanic / Technician Airframe
Aircraft Pilot And Navigator Professional
Animal Sciences General
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Architecture General
Arts And Design
Automotive Engineering Technology / Technician
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Aviation Management
Aviation Systems / Avionics Maintenance Technician
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Botany General
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Business Systems Analysis And Design
Chemistry General
Civil Engineering General
Classics And Classical Languages And Literature
Clothing / Apparel And Textile Studies
Communication Disorders General
Community Organization Resources And Services
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer Engineering
Construction / Building Technology / Technician
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Curriculum And Instruction
Dental Hygienist
Dental Laboratory Technician
Design And Visual Communications
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Educational Psychology
Electrical / Electronic Engineering Technology
Electrical Electronic / Communications Engineer
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Elementary Teacher Education
Engineering General
Engineering Technology / Technician General
English Creative Writing
English Language And Literature General
Family Resource Management Studies
Film / Video And Photographic Arts Other
Finance General
Fine / Studio Arts
Fire Services Administration
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
Foreign Languages And Literatures Other
Forestry General
French Language And Literature
Funeral Services And Mortuary Science
German Language And Literature
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education Administration
History General
Hospital / Health Facilities Administration
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Interior Design General
Journalism And Mass Communication Other
Law Llb Jd
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Mass Communications
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Medicine Md
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Mining And Mineral Engineering
Molecular Biology
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Natural Resources Management And Policy
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Parks Recreation And Leisure Studies
Pharmacology Human And Animal
Photographic Technology / Technician
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physical Therapy Assistant
Physician Assistant
Physics General
Physiology Human And Animal
Plant Sciences General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Radio And Television Broadcasting
Rehabilitation / Therapeutic Services Operations
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Russian Language And Literature
Social Sciences General
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Teaching English As A Second Language
Tool And Die Maker / Technologist
Trade And Industrial Teacher Education
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Zoology General