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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate95%
Acceptance Rate95%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Life

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is on a 1,136-acre campus in the small town setting of Carbondale, Illinois, not far from St. Louis and MO.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Activities

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Interested in Greek life? Southern Illinois University Carbondale has fraternities and sororities.

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.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale students' favorite campus events are Homecoming, International Student Festival and Dawg's 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 Required for freshman
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities No
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus –– 40%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing –– 2,692
Number of Students Living On-Campus –– 2,276
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus –– 60%

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

Most Southern Illinois University Carbondale students live off campus. In 2022, 40% of undergrads at Southern Illinois University Carbondale lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 60% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. There are 2,692 spots available in on-campus housing for all 8,147 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 2,276 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 88% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers coed housing.

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
Indoor Track NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
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.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Additionally, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has well-lit pathways, night safety vans, student transit system and extensive video security camera system.

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 Williamson County airport.

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