Points of Pride

  • SIU Carbondale is a doctoral research university enrolling students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. We offer more than 200 undergraduate, 70 master’s and 31 doctoral programs in addition to professional degrees in law and medicine. 
  • SIU Carbondale is 27th among the nation’s 50 most entrepreneurial research universities – the number of alumni and students who identify themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn – in the 2015 Forbes magazine list of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities.” That is a jump of 10 spots compared to the 2014 rankings. 
  • The university is among the top 5 percent of all U.S. higher education institutions for research. 
  • SIU Carbondale is one of 48 colleges and universities to earn national recognition for its economic development work in the region from The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, awarded in 2015, is valid for 10 years. 
  • SIU Carbondale received the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in January 2015; one of just 361 colleges and universities among more than 4,000 nationwide to earn the recognition for its commitment to service and outreach. 
  • The university will be the “Eclipse Crossroads of America” twice in the coming years; total solar eclipses will take place on Aug. 21, 2017, and April 8, 2024. 
  • The university's new Bachelor of Science degree program in fermentation science is one of only a handful in the nation and the only one in Illinois. The interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in fields ranging from production and quality control for alcoholic beverage manufacturers to fermented foods, such as cheese, sauerkraut and bread. The program is housed at the Fermentation Science Institute, a teaching, testing and research space at McLafferty Annex on the campus' far west side.
  • In each of the last three years, SIU has earned a spot in the Center for World University Rankings, which recognizes what it classifies as the top 2.5 percent of the world’s institutions of higher learning. The organization reviewed more than 25,000 universities, and bases its rankings on the quality of education, student training, the prestige of faculty members and the quality of faculty research.

  • The university has processed at least 325 invention disclosures, filed a minimum of  297 US patent applications received no less than 63 issued patents, executed at least 78 options/licenses and has received more than $8.23 million in licensing related revenue since fiscal year 1996.
  • The university’s strong commitment to serving veterans and active-duty personnel is recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Military Times and Military Advanced Education magazines. 
  • The Salukis field 18 intercollegiate teams that compete primarily in the Missouri Valley Conference. The athletics program features some of the nation’s leading facilities.
  • For the fourth consecutive year, SIU Carbondale in 2015 earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
  • We have earned national recognition for our commitment to sustainability and green initiatives three of the last four years as noted in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.
  • The “Green Fund” has awarded more than $2 million to 153 diverse sustainability projects since its inception in 2009. The fund was the result of a student-led initiative that collects a $10 per semester “green fee.” 
  • In 2016, SIU Carbondale earned the designation as a Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation, in recognition of the university’s commitment to effective urban forest management. This is one of just 254 campuses nationwide to earn the title.
  • The university is recycling campus concrete and asphalt, crushing it for use in future building projects while also salvaging metal associated with that material. The new recycling program provides a 30- to 40-percent cost savings and reduces landfill waste.
  • The university’s “For the Community” website, at www.forthecommunity.siu.edu, is a one-stop connection to all of the educational, recreational and entertainment opportunities open to the public as well as special programs, exhibits, and facilities and services available for public use. 
  • SIU Carbondale is an affiliate of the Argonne National Laboratory Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a federally funded project to generate new battery technology for the future.  Several of our faculty members use this and facilities at other national laboratories such as Oak Ridge to conduct their research.
  • The university supports several externally funded interdisciplinary initiatives for student research training and education, including from the highly competitive National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates and the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship programs.
  • Our Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity showcased nearly 200 student-led research projects at our annual forum in 2015.
  • SIU Carbondale maintained its status as a Carnegie-classified, high research activity university with access to world-class facilities including ecosystem analysis, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, genomics, nuclear magnetic resonance, aquaculture, wildlife analysis, energy development, hydroacoustics and computer engineering.
  • Research computing was boosted in 2015 with the addition of a high-performance computing cluster for studying diverse fields like chemistry, physics, climate, media, and health. 

Office of Economic and Regional Development

  • In 2015, the Illinois Small Business Development Center assisted 34 businesses with startup or expansion, securing $4 million in financing, and helped businesses hire or retain 309 jobs. The office also provided individualized business consulting services to 529 clients and delivered 37 training seminars to 629 participants.
  • The Office of Economic and Regional Development fostered student entrepreneurship in a variety of ways, including: sponsoring participation by four students in University Innovation Fellows, a national program that embeds innovation and entrepreneurship into college education; assisting 11 students with Saluki Ventures start-up business activities; completing six university class and students’ projects; and supporting the Saluki Entrepreneur Corps, an SIU student organization that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, the office assisted Southern Illinois high school CEO programs, promoting retention and innovation within youth entrepreneurs. 
  • Celebrated the 15th anniversary of the SIU Research Park, a non-profit corporation that promotes technology and enterprise within the park and throughout Southern Illinois, and the 31st anniversary for the Small Business Development Center, which provides services and programs to entrepreneurs and small businesses.