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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate92%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Life

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Activities

Interested in Greek life?

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has the Undergraduate Student Government. In fact, more students participate in the Undergraduate Student Government than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Southern Illinois University Carbondale include Greek Councils, International Student Council, Black Affairs Council and Dawg Pound.

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale community comes together each year for Homecoming, International Student Festival and Dawgs Nite Out.

Does Southern Illinois University Carbondale Offer Student Housing?

This table offers information on housing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus 41%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing 3,439
Number of Students Living On-Campus 2,522
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Southern Illinois University Carbondale students live off campus. In 2023, 41% of undergrads at Southern Illinois University Carbondale lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 59% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. There are 3,439 spots available in on-campus housing for all 8,058 undergraduates. In the 2022-2023 school year, 2,522 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 89% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Athletics

At Southern Illinois University Carbondale there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Southern Illinois University Carbondale:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cheerleading Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport

Safety at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Additionally, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has Brightway Path, Safe Walk App, RAVE messaging system, Emergency Call Boxes, Night Safety Transit, Saluki Patrol Officers (Student Patro.

Plan a Visit to Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale, take U.S. Highway 51/Interstate 57 to Carbondale, IL. If you need to fly, book your flight to Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois airport.

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