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Southern Illinois University


Founded in 1869 as the state’s second teachers college – with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 – SIU Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System.  


SIU embraces a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success. As a nationally ranked public research university and regional economic catalyst, we create and exchange knowledge to shape future leaders, improve our communities, and transform lives.


SIUC has a number of research centers and institutes, some of which are housed in the individual colleges and some of which are housed in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. In addition, we belong to various research consortia, and several national and international research organizations are headquartered here. 


The Career Development Center strives to educate and empower all students and recent alumni with the knowledge to successfully discover and achieve their career goals.  This is accomplished through career interest and personality assessments and counseling, comprehensive job search preparedness programs, and creating connections with employers. 

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Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Humanities (1)

Student services

As a central gathering place, the Student Center plays a significant role at SIU by supporting the university’s mission and enhancing the educational experience. We are committed to providing excellence in programs, services, and facilities while serving students and the community in a safe and inclusive environment. Take advantage of our many dining options, the Craft Shop, Bowling & Billiards, and other activities during your days as Salukis and as Alumni. Just as we bring students together, we enjoy bringing the community and the university together. We truly have something for everyone.

Housing services

On-campus living at Southern Illinois University Carbondale can provide an experience to last a lifetime. Residents enjoy meeting new people, making life-long friends, getting involved, interacting with faculty and staff, and much more.

Library services

Morris Library is the main library for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. The library holds more than 2.6 million volumes, 36,000 current periodicals and serials, and over 3.6 million microform units. Morris Library also provides access to the statewide automated library system and to an array of electronic sources.

Medical services

Student Health Services is an integral part of Southern Illinois University caring for the health of our culturally diverse students. We provide an integrated and holistic approach to cost-effective healthcare, serving as the student’s medical home away from home.

Campus life

SIU is where brains and heart intersect. Our beautiful campus is home to major opportunities in a number of fields. We welcome students from all walks of life from around the world and pride ourselves on inclusivity.

Sports facilities

Any student who has a great love for alternative sports (e.g. fencing, badminton, boxing, or fishing) and/or a desire for healthy competition should get involved in a sport club. Sport clubs at SIUC offer students the chance to participate in an extracurricular activity, to develop their leadership and teamwork skills, and to find an interest that may not have been offered in their particular high school.

As a whole, SIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Edwardsville, Illinois, United States

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