Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University — Carbondale’s history is extensive.

Founded in 1869 as the state’s second Teacher’s College, SIU now ranks among Illinois’ most comprehensive universities. The Carnegie Foundation has recognized Southern Illinois University as an elite institution of higher education, as the university offers an array of outstanding academic programs from 11 on campus colleges. SIU is a proud home to many distinguished alumni, including actors Jim Belushi and Dennis Franz, CNN correspondent Jim Bittermann, NBA Hall of Famer Walt Frazier, well-known journalist Jackie Spinner, and Dip-In-Dots Founder Curt Jones.

With over 200 undergraduate degree options, 30 doctoral degrees and over 60 master’s, law, and medical degrees, SIU has something for everyone.


As a nationally ranked research university with eight colleges, two professional schools: law & medicine, more than 400 student organizations, and 200+ majors to select from, there’s no question why students from all over the globe choose Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

What makes SIU a nationally ranked research institution? It’s simple. SIU has the facilities, faculty, and commitment to invest in innovations that improve the quality of life, but continues to guide you along the way. The educational experience at SIU can only be described as the perfect balance of teaching and research. More than 80% of classes have less than 30 students, which allows faculty to cater to each student’s individual needs.

Published in nearly 10,000 journal articles, 700 books, and 2,000 book chapters since 2003, SIU faculty are experts in their field. No matter which college you’re in, your educational experience is hands on and will prepare you for obstacles to come. The best part: you will never face it alone.

As a Saluki, you become part of a support network that thrives in-and-out of the classroom. Salukis are held to high expectations from others and from ourselves. We are innovative, creative, and driven.

Are you up for the challenge?


Carnegie-Rated Research University/High Research Activity Institution
Top 4% of Higher Ed Institutions, by the National Science Foundation
Tier One of “Top Public Universities: National Universities” in US News & World Reports
“Best Colleges of 2011.”

College of Business was ranked in the Top 5% of Business Schools Around the World
Named in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition as an institution that demonstrates a notable commitment to sustainability.

For more information on SIU’s commitment to the educational experience, please visit the:
SIU Website

Alumni Association

As the largest and oldest organization at Southern Illinois University, the SIU Alumni Association has been proudly serving SIU alumni and friends since 1896. Established by a group of students committed to continuing their involvement with their alma mater and fellow graduates, the Association held its first meeting on June 10, 1896. Fifty years later, the organization was officially formed as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Since then the Association has continued to grow and serve as a connection between more than 235,000 SIU alumni as well as family, and friends and Southern Illinois University.

Today, the Association has grown much larger than that group of students had anticipated in 1896. Providing communication, networking, and social events for its members, SIU Career Services access, educational benefits, and student and alumni recognition programs are also primary focal points of the Association. Membership dues assist in meeting the needs of past, present, and future students. In 1897 annual membership dues cost a mere 25 cents.

The Association also plays a major role in key University functions, providing support to the Marching Salukis, Morris Library, Public Policy Institute, and Saluki Athletics. The Association also led the campaign to light Pulliam Tower, and purchased the flags that now fly over the Carbondale campus.

By browsing thier website you wcan discover many of the great programs and services that the Association offers, as well as benefits of membership. The Association also sponsors the Student Alumni Council, a student run organization linking students with alumni and friends of SIU.

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Visiting Campus

There’s no question that Southern Illinois University Carbondale is home to one of the most beautiful campuses in the Midwest. With outdoor running paths, a beautifully wooded area, and a lake right on campus, walking to class can be nothing short of exciting.

Whether you are a first year freshman, transferring upperclassman, returning alumni, or a visitor, visiting the SIU Campus is a must-do. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers information for prospective students and their families throughout the year. They also offer a Virtual Tour for those individuals that are unable to make a trip to campus. Spend a day looking at our historical buildings and learning centers, as well as take a tour of the Student Center and campus housing. There’s no doubt that at the end of the day, you will feel at home.

Visit the admissions website for informtation, and to schedule your visit at: