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Southern Illinois University Carbondale Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Southern Illinois University Carbondale ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Southern Illinois University Carbondale Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale was awarded 44 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

SIUC is ranked #795 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 61 colleges in Illinois, SIUC is ranked at #33.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SIUC?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is 76%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that SIUC is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 8% of students accepted to SIUC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 440 and 640. Math scores were between 480 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale  ( 440 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale  ( 480 to 690 )
SIUC received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Southern Illinois University Carbondale  ( 20 to 26 )

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is 67%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  67 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at SIUC is 26%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at SIUC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,552 undergraduates at SIUC with 8,088 being full-time and 1,464 being part-time.

SIUC Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for SIUC is 81.41 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.41 out of 100
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How Much Does Southern Illinois University Carbondale Cost?

The overall average net price of SIUC is $16,843. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SIUC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,801 $13,731 $15,646 $20,089 $23,318

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SIUC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SIUC, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $7,166 a year. That adds up to $28,664 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SIUC is 11.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do SIUC Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from SIUC with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $42,900 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale make the most money.

Location of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Located in Carbondale, Illinois, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Contact details for SIUC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901-4512
Phone: 618-453-2121

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 106 majors graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Of these students, 3,214 received undergraduate degrees and 1,060 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Teacher Education Subject Specific 260 $49,300
Air Transportation 163 $37,600
Accounting 129 $40,400
Industrial Production Technology 121 $50,400
Mechanical Engineering Technology 103 $53,800
General Psychology 102 $25,400
Health & Medical Administrative Services 99 $36,200
Mechanical Engineering 94 $61,100
Criminology 94 $28,900
General Biology 91 $27,100

Learn more about the majors offered at Southern Illinois University Carbondale along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SIUC

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 4,599 students took at least one online class at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. This is an increase from the 3,460 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,599 2,095
2016-2017 3,460 0
2015-2016 3,235 0
2014-2015 2,837 0
2013-2014 2,244 0

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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