Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Southern Illinois University Carbondale Ranked?

2022 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 387 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health education.

Overall Quality

SIUC is ranked #854 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

SIUC is also ranked #32 out of 102 schools in Illinois.

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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 )

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At SIUC, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Southern Illinois University Carbondale enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 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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Southern Illinois University Carbondale Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,466 undergraduates at SIUC with 7,150 being full-time and 1,316 being part-time.

How Much Does Southern Illinois University Carbondale Cost?

The overall average net price of SIUC is $16,945. 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 +
$13,658 $14,306 $14,985 $20,698 $21,819

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 10.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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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.


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Location of Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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

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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, 2,728 received undergraduate degrees and 1,075 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 173 $49,300
Air Transportation 141 $37,600
Accounting 118 $40,400
Mechanical Engineering Technology 112 $53,800
Industrial Production Technology 101 $50,400
Health & Medical Administrative Services 92 $36,200
General Psychology 84 $25,400
Criminology 75 $28,900
Health & Physical Education 73 $28,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 64 $28,300

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 4,417 students took at least one online class at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. This is a decrease from the 4,599 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 4,417 2,086
2017-2018 4,599 2,095
2016-2017 3,460 0
2015-2016 3,235 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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