Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Illinois, United States

About Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

The Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, fondly known as the SIU Carbondale, is a public research university located in Carbondale, Illinois that was founded in 1869. It is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and it offers over 200 bachelors and graduate degree programs. The SIUC counts with ten colleges including College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Applied Sciences & Arts, College of Business, College of Education & Human Services, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, College of Mass Communication & Media Arts, College of Science, School of Law, School of Medicine. The most popular majors at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale include Education, Health Professions and Related Programs, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields and Social Sciences. The University is categorized as a High Research Activity University in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

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The Southern Illinois University- Carbondale is located in the Lincoln Drive in Carbondale, Illinois, between the S McLafferty Road and the S Illinois Ave. Its setting is rural; however, it is surrounded by good supermarkets like Fresh Foods, Walmart and Save-A-Lot. There are also stores and restaurants nearby like Ross Dress for Less, The UPS Store, Macy’s, Chick-Fil-A, Papa John’s and Applebee’s.


The SIUC campus size is 1,136 acres; the campus has over 70 buildings. The campus counts with a recreation center, technology center, student lounges and food services like Chick-fil-A, Quatro’s Original Deep Pan Pizza, Domino’s Pizza and others, along with many other student organizations buildings and clubs. The main Library of SIUC is called the Morris Library and it holds over 2 million volumes, making the Morris Library among the top 50 research Libraries in the United States and the second largest; the building occupies 8 floors including a basement and the structure was renovated in 2006 to improve accessibility and remove confusion. The Student Recreation Center is the university's primary hub for intramural and fitness activities. The building has big space areas and is one of the largest of its kind on a college campus in the country. Another great structure would be the Student Center, with about 8 acres of floor space is also one of the largest student centers in the country and it hosts a variety of services like the bookstore, ATM, check cashing services, the ID card office, conference rooms, the SIU radio station, International Student Council and many other organization offices, the fun part is that it operates a Bowling & Billiards facility for students and faculty to enjoy.

Residing Options

There are a variety of options for housing at the SIUC. The Residence Halls are divided between the East Campus and the West Campus. The East Campus Residence Halls are three and two commons buildings that are located near the Students Recreation Center, this residence halls are called The Mae Smith and the Neely, with 17 stories high-rise buildings that house over 600 students and it offers suite-style rooms with a private bathroom. The University Hall Residence Hall is also part of the East Campus and is a 4 story building that houses over 300 students and is designated for juniors as well as seniors offering rooms with semi-private bathrooms. The Trueblood and Grinnell Commons houses the Residence Halls office, the mail room, the Multi-Cultural Resources center and programming space. The West Campus offers eleven residence halls and is located next to the Campus Lake and Thompson Woods. The Thompson Point Residence Halls are eleven 3 story building that offers suite-style rooms, private bathroom and laundry room on the lower levels. For graduate students, there are the options of apartments to choose from. The Wall & Grand Apartments, the Evergreen Terrace and the Elizabeth apartments, they all offer two and four bedrooms or two and three bedrooms furnished or unfurnished apartments.


Carbondale, Illinois has an average temperature of 56°F. The warm season is hot and muggy, from May to September and the temperature rises over 70°F - 89°F. The summer days are hot mostly in July but it rarely rises over 95°F. The cold season is usually wet and chilly; the annual low temperature is 44°F, and the winter lasts from November to February but the temperature is rarely below 10°F. Carbondale does not suffer from extreme temperatures so with a good jacket for winter and some sunglasses for you, it will be alright; the only downside is the chilly wind.

Faculty and pedagogy

The learning experience at SIUC is good, professors are generally very caring and passionate about what they teach and the university offers a variety of opportunities. If you are into research, students are available to start even from freshman year and professors in this area are very experienced and will guide students through all the process always caring about the student’s success.

Financial aid

At SIUC financial aid is available from federal, state, private and institutional sources. The Financial Aid Office assists students with all the information they need to apply to get awarded financial assistance. There are four types of aid including Grants, Loans, Student Employment and Scholarships. The Scholarships are divided into four categories including new incoming freshman that have three scholarships to choose from, transfer students that have four scholarships to choose from and the current studies that can apply to scholarships that are awarded through their academic program. International undergraduate students are eligible for the High Achievers Alternate Tuition Rate, this award allows international students to receive in-state tuition if they meet the requirements. For Graduate students there are four scholarships available and one of them is designed for International Graduate students, it is called the Swartz Award and the students might be eligible if they are full-time enrolled and have GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Jobs and placements

The Student Employment Program is administrated the Financial Aid Office and offers a variety of jobs available on campus paid by hours worked. All students need to do to be considered for a Student Work Position is creating a profile and complete the application forms. The jobs available are in different departments as a receptionist, assistant, barista and more. As alumni from the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with less than a year of experience the average salary is about $36,000 a year and with 5 years of experience of more, it can be about $60,000.


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The Southern Illinois University, Carbondale offers a beautiful campus perfect for hiking and campus on the students free days besides offering a beautiful landscape, the academic programs are good in general and they have really awesome recognized programs and a lot of opportunities for students to grow. The only downside would be the location if you are not an outdoor person since there is not much to do in Carbondale.

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