Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Find Schools Near

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Southern Illinois University Carbondale, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Southern Illinois University Carbondale Ranked?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale was awarded 32 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biological and biomedical sciences.

Overall Quality

SIUC is ranked #774 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when SIUC held the #792 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 63 colleges in Illinois, SIUC is ranked at #33.

See all of the rankings for Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Is It Hard to Get Into SIUC?

Acceptance Rate

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has an acceptance rate of 76%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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 )

Learn more about Southern Illinois University Carbondale admissions.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Good Overall Diversity at SIUC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,987 undergraduates at SIUC with 9,455 being full-time and 1,532 being part-time.

SIUC Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for SIUC is 72.82 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  72.82 out of 100
Less Diverse
More Diverse

Get more detailed information on diversity and student demographics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

How Much Does Southern Illinois University Carbondale Cost?

The overall average net price of SIUC is $17,175. 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 +
$13,921 $14,340 $16,809 $19,828 $22,835

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SIUC, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,804 a year. That adds up to $27,216 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SIUC is 9.4%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Get more details about paying for Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

How Much Money Do SIUC Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SIUC make about $42,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a public institution situated in Carbondale, Illinois. The location of SIUC is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

Get more details about the location of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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 99 majors graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Of these students, 3,418 received undergraduate degrees and 1,240 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 239 $49,300
Accounting 138 $40,400
General Psychology 134 $25,400
Health & Medical Administrative Services 126 $36,200
Criminology 115 $28,900
Industrial Production Technology 115 $50,400
Mechanical Engineering Technology 113 $53,800
Air Transportation 112 $37,600
Health & Physical Education 92 $28,000
General Biology 85 $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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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

Learn more about online learning at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

If you’re considering Southern Illinois University Carbondale, here are some more schools you may be interested in knowing more about.

Curious on how these schools stack up against SIUC? Pit them head to head with College Combat, our free interactive tool that lets you compare college on the features that matter most to you!


Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You