Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University (SIU or SIUC) is a public research university in Carbondale, Illinois. Founded in 1869, SIU is the oldest and flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system.[6] The university enrolls students from all 50 states as well as more than 100 countries. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".[7] SIU offers 3 associate, 100 bachelor's, 73 master's, and 36 Ph.D programs in addition to professional degrees in architecture, law, and medicine.[8][9][10]

Southern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University seal.png
Former name
Southern Illinois Normal University (1869–1947)
MottoDeo Volente
("God willing")
TypePublic research university
Established1869; 152 years ago (1869)
Endowment$154.00 million (2019)[1]
Budget$554,225,700 (FY2021)[2]
PresidentJ. Kevin Dorsey
Academic staff
1396 (2020)[3]
Administrative staff
4470 (2020)[3]
Students11,266 (Fall 2021)[4]
Undergraduates8,299 (Fall 2020)
Postgraduates3,067 (Fall 2020)
Location, ,
United States
CampusCollege town, 1,133 acres (459 ha)
ColorsMaroon and white[5]
Sporting affiliations
Southern Illinois University Carbondale.svg


The Pulliam Hall clock tower has a carillon that is regularly played. This landmark tower has been incorporated into the logo of SIU.
SIU Engineering Building seen from the campus lake.

An Act of the Twenty-sixth General Assembly of Illinois, approved March 9, 1869, created Southern Illinois Normal College, the second state-supported normal school in Illinois.[11] Carbondale held the ceremony of cornerstone laying, May 17, 1870.[12] The first historic session of Southern Illinois Normal University was a summer institute, with a first faculty of eight members and an enrollment of 53 students.[13] It was renamed Southern Illinois University in 1947.

The university continued primarily 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).[14] During his presidency, Morris transformed SIU, adding Colleges of Law, Medicine and Dentistry. Southern Illinois University grew rapidly in size from 3,500 to over 24,800 students between 1950 and 1991.[15]

In 1957, a second campus of SIU was established at Edwardsville. This school, now known as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is an independent university within the SIU system.

SIU offered the first program to provide support to students with specific learning disabilities at a college level. "Project Achieve" was founded at SIU by Barbara Cordoni Kupiec in 1978. She pursued a career in the field initially to help her own children, and left behind a legacy that has assisted several thousand other students in earning their degrees. In 1983, Project Achieve became the Clinical Center Achieve program when SIUC decided to institutionalize the program, making it a permanent part of the university's structure.


Randy Dunn was the eighth president of the Southern Illinois University System.[16] In July 2018, he stepped down as SIU system president after emails published in The Southern Illinoisan and The Daily Egyptian revealed he was attempting to divide the SIU system and help Southern Illinois University Edwardsville become the primary campus for the Southern Illinois University System by concealing over $5 million in funds transferred from Southern Illinois University Carbondale to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.[17] He was also implicated in several unethical hires and found at fault by the Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General for improperly hiring his former colleague, Brad Colwell.[18] Dunn was replaced by J. Kevin Dorsey, a retired dean from the SIU School of Medicine.[19]

Carlo Montemagno, a professor of engineering, became chancellor of SIU Carbondale on August 15, 2017. He died on October 11, 2018.[20] Austin Lane, formerly of Texas Southern University, was appointed chancellor in 2020.[21]

Academic programs and rankingsEdit

Academic rankings
Forbes[22] 450
THE/WSJ[23] 79
U.S. News & World Report[24] 98
Washington Monthly[25] 57
THE[26] 401–600
U.S. News & World Report[27] 321

USNWR graduate school rankings[28]

Business 80
Education 60
Engineering 134
Law 117

USNWR departmental rankings[28]

Biological Sciences 90
Chemistry 72
Clinical Psychology 51
Computer Science 67
Criminology 9
English 76
Fine Arts 85
History 87
Physician Assistant 26
Political Science 69
Psychology 91
Public Affairs 86
Public Health 84
Rehabilitation Counseling 2
Social Work 71
Sociology 81
Speech-Language Pathology 49

SIU offers more than 300[8][29] academic degree programs across all levels: bachelors, masters, PhD and doctoral. It also offers professional programs in architecture,[30] business, law and medicine. Since 1989, SIU has offered an MD/JD dual degree program,[31] leading to the concurrent award of both degrees after completion of six years of coursework.[31][32]

The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – High research activity."[33] In the academic year 2017-2018 the university was awarded over $88 million in research grants, the largest of which were to the School of Medicine and the College of Science.[34]

SIU Carbondale is ranked #98 overall among "National Universities" in the 2021 edition of annual college rankings by US News & World Report.[35] At SIU, 59% of the classes have 19 or fewer students; 82% of classes have less than 29 students, only 5% of classes include 50 or more students. The ratio of students to faculty is 15 to 1 and the percentage of full-time faculty is 83 percent.[36] Additionally, the National Science Foundation ranks SIU No. 75 among public universities in the U.S. for total research and development expenditures, and No. 64 among earned doctorates.[37]

The Princeton Review ranked SIU in its 2017 list of "Best Midwestern" and "Green Colleges" as well as ranking it #43 in the "Top 50 Game Design: Ugrad" list.[38]

Colleges and schools of Southern Illinois University CarbondaleEdit

College Year founded

College of Agricultural Sciences[39] 1955
College of Applied Sciences & Arts[40] 1950
College of Business[41] 1957
College of Education & Human Services[42] 1869
College of Engineering[43] 1961
College of Liberal Arts[44] 1943
College of Mass Communication & Media Arts[45] 1993
College of Science[44] 1943
School of Law 1972
School of Medicine 1970

College of Agricultural SciencesEdit

The College of Agricultural Sciences consists of four academic departments: Agribusiness Economics, Animal Science, Food & Nutrition, Forestry, and Plant, Soil & Agricultural Systems. There are eight majors and twenty-six specializations. The college's Ph.D. program was added in December 2007. The Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences is a research degree that prepares graduates for developing and funding their own research program, and for teaching graduate and undergraduate students.[46]

College of Applied Sciences and ArtsEdit

Since its inception as the Vocational Technical Institute, CASA has undergone continuous change to address the workforce needs in the southern Illinois region, the state and the nation. The College presently includes four schools which house three master's degree programs, fourteen baccalaureate, and two associate degree programs. The masters of science in Medical Dosimetry and one baccalaureate program, Fire Service Management, are offered off-campus only. CASA provides off-campus opportunities to receive baccalaureate degrees in the areas of Aviation Management, Electronic Systems Technologies, Fire Service Management, Health Care Management, and Medical Dosimetry. The baccalaureate degree in Information Systems Technologies is offered online. Forty-nine hours of upper-level and selected elective courses are available to students at various locations throughout the country.[47]



Morris Library is the main library for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. The library holds more than 4 million volumes, 53,000 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.[48][49] These figures make Morris Library among the top 50 largest research libraries in the United States. Library users have access to I-Share (the statewide automated library system) and to a comprehensive array of databases and other electronic data files. As the campus center for access to academic information and collaborative academic technology projects, Morris Library provides a wide range of services, including reference assistance, instructional and technical support, distance learning, geographic information systems (GIS), and multimedia courseware development. Morris Library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Delyte's, a new coffee shop named after former SIU President Delyte W. Morris, operates near the entrance of the library.[50]

The SIU Law Library provides legal research resources for lawyers, law students, SIU faculty and staff and members of the community. Located in the Lesar Law Building, the library has evolved to meet the changing nature of legal research and user expectations by providing wireless access to a wide array of electronic legal materials.[51]

Student CenterEdit

SIU Student Services

With over 8 acres (3.24 ha) of floor space, the SIU Student Center is one of the largest student unions in the nation.[52] The programs and services offered provide SIU students, faculty, and staff a place to relax, gather a group to study or grab a bite to eat. The Student Center hosts multiple dining locations, the University Bookstore, ATM and Western Union stations, bowling & billiards facility, check cashing services, the ID Card office, and Debit Dawg activations and deposits all under one roof. The Student Center offers several ballrooms and smaller, expandable conference rooms for small or large gatherings. Student-run radio station WIDB 104.3 FM[53] broadcasts from the Student Center, and the Black Affairs Office, International Student Council, Student Programming Council, student governments and the Greek Council have offices in the building.

Student Center

Student Recreation CenterEdit

Campus Lake, located on the southwest portion of campus, is a 41-acre (16.6 ha) spring-fed lake set in 25 acres (10.1 ha) of woodsland. A 2.2 miles (3.54 km) trail surrounds the lake.

The Student Recreation Center,[54] or "Rec," is the university's primary hub for intramural and fitness activities. With more than 220,000 square feet, the SIU Recreation Center is also one of the largest among universities in the nation. Although SIU's Recreation Center doesn't receive state support, it operates on a $4.8 million budget, most of which is raised by a student recreation fee that is included in student fees.[55] The rest of the money is revenue generated by instructional programs, camps and community citizens who pay for membership.

Indoor facilities include an Olympic-sized pool.

Pool features:

  • One ten-lane 50-meter course
  • Two eight-lane 25-yard courses
  • Four one-meter diving boards
  • Three three-meter diving boards
  • One five-meter diving tower
  • Three underwater viewing stations
  • Underwater speakers
  • Colorado electronic timing system
  • Rapid sand filter system

The 770,000 gallon natatorium is surrounded by a closed gutter filtration system which drastically reduces water turbulence helping to increase the swimmers' speed.[56]

The facility also houses areas for basketball, volleyball, racquetball, handball, squash, weightlifting, martial arts, aerobics, and programs for the disabled. There are over 180 fitness stations distributed throughout the building. Other on campus outdoor recreation include tennis courts at three campus locations, a frisbee golf course, and 100 acres of playing fields. Picnic areas, and boat dock facilities are available at Campus Lake.[57][58]

Health CenterEdit

Connected to the Student Recreation Center on the east side of campus, the 57,000-square-foot health center offers students a continuum of care under one roof. Services include the medical clinic, pharmacy, wellness resources, psychiatry clinic, sports medicine and physical therapy and counseling and psychological services. Community partners Southern Illinois Dermatology and the Marion Eye Center also provide services in the new health center.[59]


Intercollegiate athletics
Men's teams
Cross country
Women's teams
Cross country
Morris Library
Saluki Stadium Area

The Southern Illinois Salukis are the athletic teams representing Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The university first sponsored athletic teams during the 1913–14 school year, when they were known as the "Maroons." Students and faculty began lobbying for a new mascot during the late 1940s. On March 19, 1951, the student body voted to change the official nickname to the Salukis. The saluki, the royal dog of ancient Egypt, was chosen as the mascot due to its reputation as a fast and tenacious hunter and because the southern Illinois region is known as "Little Egypt."[60]

The Salukis sponsor 16 varsity teams. Most compete in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), specifically in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, softball, women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and volleyball. The football program competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). Men's swimming is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Athletic highlightsEdit

  • The baseball team has second-place finishes in the National Championship in 1968 & 1971.
  • The men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for six straight seasons between 2002–07, including two trips to the Sweet Sixteen.
  • The men's basketball team won the 1967 NIT National Championship.
  • The women's basketball team was Missouri Valley Conference champion in 2007.
  • Football had been ranked in the Top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision for the four years 2006-09, and were in the playoffs for seven straight years, 2003–09.
  • 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's student-athletes lead the MVC in overall grade point average.
SIU Altgeld Hall

Student lifeEdit

Southern Illinois University has a vibrant student culture and is home to more than 400 Registered Student Organizations (RSO). Organizations include honor societies, sports clubs and student activity groups, and 11 fraternities, 8 multicultural fraternities and 9 sororities. The largest RSO on campus is the Student Programming Council (SPC).

Student governmentEdit

SIU has two primary bodies of student government responsible for distributing part of the Student Activity Fee to the RSOs:

  • Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)

Additionally, one student is elected as a student trustee; the other is elected at SIUE and appointed by the governor as a voting member of the SIU Board of Trustees.

The Daily EgyptianEdit

The Daily Egyptian (DE) is a student-run newspaper. The DE is published weekly on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters with a distribution of 78,000 copies, and an online edition on Friday. The paper has received more than 25 awards from the Illinois College Press Association. In 2002, it received the National Newspaper Pacemaker Award for General Excellence.[61]

Saluki PatrolEdit

Founded in 1959, the Saluki Patrol is one of the oldest student security teams in the country. The student members assist the Department of Public Safety in their duties.[62]

Wall & Grand student apartments

On-campus housingEdit

On-campus housing at SIU is provided in residence halls and apartments and is offered for students who are undergraduates, graduates, parents, domestic partners, or married.

There are two main residence hall areas, each with a commons building containing a dining hall, known as East Campus and West Campus. The traditional residence hall contract includes a furnished room, wi-fi, cable, utilities and a dining plan. Residence hall rooms are fully furnished, and many have been modified to meet the needs of specific types of disability.

Apartment housing is available in Evergreen Terrace, Wall & Grand, and Elizabeth Apartments.

The SIU Housing Policy states: All single students under the age of 21, not residing with their parents or legal guardians, with fewer than 26 credit hours earned after high school are required to live in University-owned and operated residence halls.[63] Students are considered to hold freshman status if they have earned fewer than 26 credit hours after high school.

Cardboard Boat RegattaEdit

Resident Halls (Towers)

The Cardboard Boat Regatta is an event held every spring semester at Campus Lake. Participants include university students and community members. The goal is to complete three trips around a 200-yard course on the lake using makeshift cardboard boats. There are three different categories for entries: canoes or kayaks, experimental boats and instant boats (boats created on-site the day of the event).

The idea for a Cardboard Regatta first originated in 1974 at Southern Illinois University. Richard Archer, a professor of Art and Design, dreamed up a final examination for students in his freshman design class. Buckminster Fuller, then a Distinguished Professor at SIU, had espoused the principle of "doing the most with the least," and faculty members found it intriguing to apply these principles in their classes. Archer felt it would be a real test of students' creativity and three-dimensional design skills to build human-sized boats made only of cardboard, and more than 40 years later, it is still happening.[64] Many communities, organizations and other universities around the country have joined in on the fun and now organize their own Cardboard Boat Regattas.

University Museum

Competitive programsEdit

  • National debate champions – Under the direction of debate coach Todd Graham, SIU won the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in 2008, 2013, and 2015. The team also won the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament in 2013 and 2014. They were also ranked first in the country over the course of the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons.
  • The SIU Flying Salukis Flight Team has taken first place in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 8 competition for the past 7 years (2011-2017). At NIFA SAFCON 2014, the Flying Salukis won the team's ninth national title. As of 2017, the team has qualified for the national championships in 49 of the last 50 years.[65][66]
  • SIU's award-winning half-hour alternative TV news magazine received an Emmy in the magazine news program category at the 2010 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Regional Chapter Emmy Awards in St. Louis.[67]
  • SIU's Forestry Club was the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Conclave champion in 1992-2009, and 2017.[68]

Notable alumniEdit

Shryock Auditorium

There are currently over 220,000 graduates of Southern Illinois University Carbondale worldwide. Notable SIU alumni include:

Notable facultyEdit

SIU Arena

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