Points of Pride
SIU Carbondale is a doctoral research university enrolling students from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries. We offer about 100 undergraduate degrees, with more than 170 specializations, and over 100 minors. Our programs also include about 80 master’s degrees and more than 30 doctoral degrees, in addition to professional degrees in law and medicine.
In 2019, SIU Carbondale joined other state institutions as a hub in the Illinois Innovation Network, an initiative to harness the research expertise of Illinois universities to drive the state’s economic growth.
- SIU ranks in the top 4.2 percent of 20,000 institutions of higher learning in the Center for World University Rankings for 2020-2021. SIU ranks No. 837 in the world and No. 194 nationally.
- Noting the university’s “unique out-of-the-box passions and thinking,” progressive attitude toward students with a variety of learning backgrounds and Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classification as a “high research” institution, SIU Carbondale is No. 8 among College Gazette’s “10 Best ‘Hidden Gem’ Public Universities in the U.S.”
SIU has strong federal research partnerships with agencies including the Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NASA.
- SIU has earned national recognition from Strive for College for excellence in service to traditionally underserved students. The university, home of the First Saluki Center serving first-generation students, was named a Strive College Partner for 2020, the inaugural year of the honors program. Institutions of higher learning must meet or exceed specific benchmarks for inclusion, diversity, affordability, completion and outcomes to receive the accolade.
- SIU Carbondale reaffirmed a longstanding commitment to sustainability by becoming one of more than 800 colleges and universities across the nation dedicated to addressing climate change through research and action in signing the Second Nature Climate Commitment in February 2020.
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. In 2018, SIU received funding for another three years through that program.
For a seventh straight year SIU earned a spot in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 399 Green Colleges: 2019 Edition." SIU has received national recognition eight of the last nine years. The honor is based on the university's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.
- SIU students are very involved in campus life and the community, donating thousands of service hours each year to various organizations, programs and activities through the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism, spring break trips, and the massive “Big Event,” held for the third time in 2019.
SIU Carbondale is ranked in the top 20 percent of Illinois colleges and universities offering online degree programs by BestColleges.com.
SIU Carbondale was 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.”
The university is among the top 5 percent of all U.S. higher education institutions for research.
SIU Carbondale is one of 54 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 is the “Eclipse Crossroads of America.” A total solar eclipse took place on Aug. 21, 2017, and will again on April 8, 2024.
- The university's 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.
- Selected in the top one-third of the nation's top research universities in the inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college ranking (No. 315 of 1,051).
- SIU Carbondale received the 2016 LASPAU University Award. The Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities is an education networking organization that awards and administers Fulbright Program grants and other prestigious scholarships to individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean who are pursuing graduate study in the United States. The organization works with more than 1,000 institutions and thousands of individuals in 34 countries.
- 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.
- Was named in Military Times magazine for being "Best for Vets: Colleges 2019" for four-year universities. The university has made that list in each of the last eight years.
- The 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, released in November 2017 by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education notes that Salukis have kept more than one million single-use bottles out of the waste stream through installation and use of campus water refill stations and other efforts.
- Military Advanced Education & Transition magazine awarded SIU Carbondale a "Top School" designation in its "2018 Guide to Colleges and Universities." SIU has made this list in each of the 11 years the guide has been published.
- The Salukis field 15 intercollegiate teams that compete primarily in the Missouri Valley Conference. The athletics program features some of the nation’s leading facilities.
SIU has produced 52 Olympians, including DeAnna Price in 2016, who last fall made history as the first American to ever medal in the women’s hammer throw in winning the gold medal in the 2019 World Track and Field championships.
- For the fifth time in six years, SIU Carbondale in 2017 earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
- The “Green Fund” has awarded over $2.1 million to 181 diverse sustainability projects since its inception in 2009. The fund was the result of a student-led initiative that collects approximately $10 per semester via the “green fee.”
- SIU Carbondale is designated as a Tree Campus Higher Education from the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the university's commitment to effective urban forest management. The university is one of just 364 campuses nationwide to earn the title for 2018, announced in early 2019.
- Earned recognition as a "Bicycle Friendly University" from the League of American Bicyclists. The program recognizes universities and colleges that provide bicycle-friendly environments through campus policies, bicycling education and share programs, clubs and more.
- SIU Carbondale is recognized as one of the Top 25 Best 4-Year Colleges for Adult Learners from Washington Monthly's 2016 College Guide.
- The university is one of the Top 10 Best Online Schools and Resources for Students with Disabilities from OnlineSchoolsCenter.com.
- 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.
- The university’s longstanding commitment to sustainability earned national recognition in March 2017 when it earned, for a second time, a silver ranking from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education uses a point-based benchmarking system that considers sustainability efforts in four comprehensive areas: academics, planning and administration, operations, and engagement.
- For a second straight year, SIU Carbondale earned honors from the Sierra Club with a spot on the organization’s “2017 Cool Schools” list. SIU is one of just five public universities in Illinois to earn a ranking within the top 200 on the Sierra Club’s list. The university earned some of its highest marks for academics, co-curricular programming and waste management.
- 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.
- SIU Carbondale maintained its status as a Carnegie-classified, (doctoral) higher 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.
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.