Southern Illinois University Carbondale

1,733 reviews
  1. Carbondale, IL
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
82%
SAT Range
965-1270
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$15,778/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,521/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,973/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,568/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,374/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,634/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.133 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.137 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.137 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,873Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 72 responses
Report
  • Nice
    25%
  • Content
    22%
  • Quiet during the week, and a freak on the weekend
    15%
  • Busy
    13%
  • Free
    11%
  • Without care
    7%
  • Ignorant
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.150 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.185 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • Good in some areas Bad in others
    30%
  • Students are first!
    19%
  • Rewarding
    12%
  • Laid Back
    11%
  • Put actual effort into it and you'll be fine
    10%
  • Fun and Exciting
    7%
  • Unique, do your work to pass
    6%

After Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.87 responses

Reviews

1,733 reviews
  • Excellent
    205
  • Very Good
    564
  • Average
    768
  • Poor
    131
  • Terrible
    65
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is such a vibrant community. I have visited a few times, and each time I return it is like I see more things I have never seen before. It is a beautiful campus, with beautiful people. Once I saw that school I knew I wanted to be apart of such an awesome atmosphere. It was by far the most sure I had ever been about where I want to attend college. I applied, and a few weeks later I got an acceptance letter. Choosing Carbdonale as the place to continue my education after high school is the best decision I have made. Go Salukis!
  • Niche User
  • 20 days ago
I'm glad I chose SIU C because,little did I know, it has a huge learning farm with livestock and plant study facilities. One of the best and largest in the whole state of Ilinois! Agriculture students get to learn first hand and up close. I also love that my residence hall is right across the street from most of the agriculture buildings. I like that our residence hall keeps all the Agriculture students close together as one learning community to help each other on this great journey. I am studying Animal Sciences as a Pre-Vet student. I know I'll get the foundation I need to go on to Veterinary school after graduation.
  • College Freshman
  • 6 months ago
The towers aren't the greatest just because they are on the older side and have a lot of students living in them, but overall they are alright. The nice thing about housing here is that there are no community bathrooms besides University Hall, which is upperclassmen only. Bathrooms are suite style, so there are two rooms each with a pair of students living in them, and then the rooms share a small bathroom containing a shower and toilet. A sink is in each dorm room. Though West Campus overlooking the lake sounds nicer and has nicer rooms, the downside is that there can be small amounts of flooding very occasionally and there is a bit of a walk to get off campus. The Towers on the other hand are very close to off campus locations and parking lots but they aren't as nice and have a bit more of a walk to get to classes. I would strongly suggest living in a Living Learning Community (LLC). I am currently in an Honors Program one and that is how I made all of my friends! It's a lot of fun! Though room and board nears $10,000, the meal plan included is unlimited so you can go to the dining halls as much as you want. There are two of them, Trueblood near the Towers and Lentz near West Campus housing. Trueblood is bigger and not as nice, but the food isn't god awful. Lentz however is smaller and recently renovated. The food choices there are more fancy and healthy in comparison to Trueblood I would say. I eat at both, Lentz between classes because it's more conveniently located on campus, and Trueblood in the evening when I am back at my dorm.
  • College Freshman
  • 10 months ago