September 18, 2006

Open house set for Oct. 9 at SIUC

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will hold an open house for prospective students and their families from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at the Student Center on Lincoln Drive.

Open house kicks off with an early-bird campus tour at 8:30 a.m. with check-in taking place at 9 a.m. Activities get under way at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome, followed by a "How to Become a Saluki" panel discussion on the admissions process, financial aid, housing and orientation, plus a few tips on getting the most out of open house activities.

Workshops, which run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will focus on scholarship opportunities for academically gifted students, choosing a major, and programs and procedures specifically for transfer students. Admissions, financial aid and housing will offer individual counseling from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

University staff will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to noon to talk about specific majors, career and placement services, and student life and student support services organizations. Some departments will offer individual tours at noon and 1 p.m.; campus and residence hall tours will be given at selected times throughout the day.

Students may apply for on-the-spot admission from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the open house. To complete the process, those in high school must bring official copies of their transcripts and ACT or SAT scores; transfer students must furnish copies of transcripts from each college they have attended.

Students need not make appointments to attend, but are encouraged to pre-register. The admissions office will accept online pre-registrations through Oct. 4. To register electronically, visit the office Web site,, and select the "Open House & Visit Programs" link.

For more information, call Admissions and Special Events Coordinator Pam Wilkins at 618/453-2992 or e-mail her at

Offering high-quality undergraduate programs is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.