Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL

Brief Description

Positioned only 25 minutes from the downtown hub of St. Louis with its nationally known Fortune 500 companies for unparalleled practical learning opportunities, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is located on a vast 2,660-acre campus of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. With around 13,850 students and an impressive student-teacher ratio of 17:1, SIUE is well-known for offering the advantages of a small public liberal arts college with one of the lowest tuition rates among the 12 Illinois state universities.

As the younger and smaller of the two major institutions in the university system, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was established in 1957 as an extension of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale due to a lack of public higher education in the growing metro-east area during the post-World War II economic expansion. Growing rapidly and maturing as an increasingly independent institution of its parent school, SIUE saw enrollment double within just two years. Maintaining its historic ties to the communities of Alton and East St. Louis, SIUE is a premier metropolitan university with programs ranging from liberal arts to professional studies.

Recognized among the top 60 master's universities in the entire nation by Washington Monthly magazine, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is currently ranked as the 42nd best college and 9th top public school in the Midwest by the U.S. News and World Report. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), SIUE offers 65 bachelor's degrees, 8 post-baccalaureate certificates, 49 master's degrees, and 4 doctoral degrees. From the university's eight academic divisions, the highest ranked programs are in business administration, fine arts, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and speech pathology.

Being named to the annual President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year, SIUE is home to over 170 student club, Greek organizations, intramural sports teams, and service learning programs. Nicknamed the Cougars with their famous mascot Eddie the Cougar, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a member of the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) with a total of 17 National Championships under its belt. Some of the most notable Cougar alumni include Olympic gold medalist Ken Flach, college basketball referee Ed Hightower, comedienne Kathleen Madigan, reporter Paige St. John, and two-time Wimbledon doubles winner Robert Seguso.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 9576

Total institution enrollment: 12193

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Il State Rte 157
Edwardsville, IL 62025


(618) 650-2000


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 42%

Female undergraduate population: 58%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

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

Accounting And Finance
Art Therapy
Arts And Design
Biology General
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Chemistry General
Civil Engineering General
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer Engineering
Construction / Building Technology / Technician
Curriculum And Instruction
Dentistry Dds Dmd
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Educational / Instructional Media Design
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Elementary Teacher Education
English Language And Literature General
Environmental Science / Studies
Fine / Studio Arts
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
Health And Physical Education General
Health Teacher Education
History General
Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Marketing Research
Mass Communications
Mechanical Engineering
Music General
Nursing Anesthetist Post Rn
Nursing Family Practice Post Rn
Nursing Psychiatric / Mental Health Post Rn
Nursing Public Health Post Rn
Nursing Rn Training
Nursing Surgical Post Rn
Parks Recreation And Leisure Studies
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
School Psychology
Science Teacher Education General
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Work
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Speech Language Pathology And Audiology
Teaching English As A Second Language