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Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC but mainly referred to as SIU) is located in Carbondalemarker, Illinoismarker. The Carbondale campus is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system, which includes SIU's smaller sister institution Southern Illinois University Edwardsvillemarker.

Founded in 1869, SIU ranks as one of the top public universities in Illinois. SIU is recognized in the U.S. News & World Report rankings as a "National University", that is, a university which grants a variety of doctoral degrees and strongly emphasizes research. Among public universities in Illinois awarding doctorate degrees, only the University of Illinoismarker ranks higher. Additionally, SIU is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “Doctoral Research Extensive”. The University offers the full range of degree programs from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees in law and medicine.


In 1869, SIU was founded as a teacher's college named Southern Illinois Normal College. It began with twelve academic departments and an initial class of 143. The university continued as a teacher's college until Delyte W. Morris took office as president of the university in 1948. Morris was SIU's longest serving president (1948-1970). During his presidency, he transformed SIU from a teacher's college to the second-ranked public comprehensive research university in Illinois. Among his many accomplishments, Morris created SIU's law, medical, and dental schools.

SIU's total undergraduate enrollment is around 20,000. Typical of public research universities, SIU has over 170 academic degree programs--across all levels; associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral. It also offers professional programs in business, law and medicine. Since 1989, SIU has offered an M.D./J.D. dual degree program, leading to the concurrent award of both degrees after six years.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes Southern Illinois University, Carbondale as an elite institution of higher education, based on breadth of research and academic programs. Carnegie categorizes Southern as: "RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)."


  • National Debate Champions. Under the direction of debate coach Todd Graham, Kevin Calderwood and Kyle Dennis won the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in 2008.
  • SIU was the first major university in the United States to be handicapped accessible in the early 1960s.
  • The Princeton Review ranks SIUC as one of the Best Midwestern Universities and one of the Best Valued Colleges in the nation.
  • U.S. News and World Reports ranked SIUC, alongside Princeton, West Virginia and North Carolina State, as one of the top schools for graduating students with the least amount of debt.
  • The College of Business and Administration ranks among the best in the United States, with the finance department among the top 5 percent.
  • The Automotive Industry Planning Council ranks the Automotive Technology Program as No. 1 in the country.
  • The aviation program has been one of the best nationally for many years, with SIU's young pilots winning the Collegiate National Team Award five of the last six years.
  • SIUC ranks second in the nation in American Philosophy.
  • U.S. News and World Reports ranks the Rehabilitation Institute counseling program sixth in the nation. In addition, the program won the 2006 Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Education and Training from the Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration.
  • The Department of Workforce Education is among the Top 10 in the country, joining Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State in that category.
  • The School of Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program tied Rutgers University for 22nd in the nation among 184 law schools.
  • SIUC is ranked 30th in the nation for economic diversity (enrolling undergraduates with family incomes less than $40,000 per year), joining UCLA, Kentucky, Brigham Young and others in this category.
  • Less than one year after graduation, 80 percent of SIU graduates are employed full time.
  • Ninety-three percent of alumni have either a positive or strongly positive attitude toward SIUC.
  • SIU's student-athletes lead the Missouri Valley Conference in overall grade point average. And they succeed in competition. The men’s basketball team had advanced to the NCAA Tournament six straight seasons, including two trips to the Sweet Sixteen. The women’s team was Missouri Valley Conference champion in 2007. Football has been ranked in the Top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision for the past four years. Softball has been ranked in the Top 25 in the nation for the past two years and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament five straight seasons.
  • SIU will be undergoing more than $80 million in new construction in the next few years: a student services building and a new football stadium will be built, creating hundreds more jobs.
  • SIU's Radio/TV Department has won National awards (Student EMMYS) on a yearly basis for nearly a decade.



On November 18, 2005, the SIU Board of Trustees unanimously selected former congressman and three-degree SIU alumnus Glenn Poshard to serve as the new President of Southern Illinois University. Poshard took office in January 2006.

SIU Carbondale and its sister campus SIUE are part of the same school system including the medical school located in Springfield, Illinoismarker.


See: Southern Illinois Salukis

Notable alumni

There are currently over 220,000 graduates of Southern Illinois University worldwide.Famous SIU alumni include:
Main Article: Complete List of Southern Illinois University alumni

Notable Faculty

  • Dr. Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983). From 1959 to 1970, Fuller taught at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Beginning as an assistant professor, he gained full professorship in 1968, in the School of Art and Design. Buckminster Fuller is widely renowned for his geodesic dome design.
  • Paul Martin Simon (November 29, 1928–December 9, 2003). Former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator & U.S. Presidential candidate. He was the director of the SIU Public Policy Institute (now the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute). Simon taught classes in politics, history and journalism.
  • Eric Mandat, clarinetist

Student Life

Southern Illinois University has a vibrant student culture and is home to over 400 RSO's (Registered Student Organizations). Organizations include multiple fraternities and sororities, honor societies and student activity groups. The largest RSO on campus is the Student Programming Council (SPC).

Student Government

SIU has two primary bodies of student government responsible for distributing part of the Student Activity Fee to the RSO's.They are:
  • The Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
  • Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC)
One student is elected to be the "Student Trustee"; a voting member of the SIU Board of Trustees.

The Daily Egyptian

The Daily Egyptianmarker or "DE" for short, is an award winning student run newspaper. The DE is published every weekday with a distribution of 20,000 copies, making it the largest college paper in the state of Illinois. The Daily Egyptian received over 25 awards from the Illinois College Press Association. In 2002, the paper was the recipient of the National Newspaper Pacemaker for General Excellence, the nation's most prestigious award.

Saluki Patrol

Founded in 1959, the Saluki Patrol is one of the oldest student security teams in the country. The student members assist the University Police in their duties.

Popular Culture

In the cult hit-comedy movie Animal House the famous "College shirt" worn by actor John Belushi was created for him while attending house parties with his brother, actor Jim Belushi who was student at Southern Illinois University.

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Campus Lake on the south side of campus in February, 2007.

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