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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
File:Southern Illinois University seal.png
Motto Deo Volente
("God willing")
Established 1869


Endowment $100 million
President Randy Dunn
Academic staff
Students 17,989 [1]
Undergraduates 13,461
Postgraduates 4,485
Location Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.
Campus Rural,
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Colors Maroon and White
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Mascot Gray Dawg[2]

Southern Illinois University is a public research university located in Carbondale, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1869, SIU is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system.[3] (The other members are Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.) The university is known as SIU Carbondale, but colloquially as SIU. SIU's total student enrollment is almost 18,000.[4]

The University is categorized as an RU/H Research University (high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[5] SIU is recognized in the U.S. News & World Report rankings as a "National University," that is, a university which grants a variety of doctoral degrees and strongly emphasizes research;[4] SIU's ranking in the 2011 US News ratings is #170.[6] Additionally, the National Science Foundation ranks SIU #101 among public universities in the U.S. for total research and development expenditures, and #142 among all U.S. universities.[7] The University offers more than 200 undergraduate majors, minors, and specializations, 30 doctoral and more than 60 master's degree programs; law and medical degrees.[8]


The Pulliam Hall clock tower has a carillon that is regularly played. This landmark tower has been incorporated into the logo of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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SIU Pulliam Hall during sunset

An Act of the Twenty-sixth General Assembly of Illinois, approved March 9, 1869, created Southern Illinois Normal College, the second state-supported normal school in Illinois.[9] Carbondale held the ceremony of cornerstone laying, May 17, 1870.[10] It began with twelve academic departments and an initial class of 1143.

The university continued primarily as a teacher's college until Delyte W. Morris took office as president of the university in 1948. Morris was SIU's longest-serving president (1948–1970).[11] During his presidency, Morris transformed SIU, adding Colleges of Law, Medicine and Dentistry. Since World War II, higher education has been emphasized as a goal for more students. Southern Illinois University grew rapidly in size from 3,500 to over 23,000 students between 1950 and 1980.[12]

In 1957, a second campus of SIU was established at Edwardsville. This school, now known as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is an independent university within the SIU system.

In 2005, SIU chancellor Walter Wendler unveiled a comprehensive master plan called Saluki Way, to guide reshaping of the Carbondale campus over a 15-year period. Progress on the master plan has included construction of a new football stadium, renovation of SIU Arena, and upgrading of landscaping and design elements throughout the campus. Also a part of Saluki Way, the groundbreaking for a new Student Services building took place in early 2012.

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SIU game in progress


On November 18, 2005, the SIU Board of Trustees unanimously selected former congressman and three-degree SIU alumnus Glenn Poshard to serve as the new President of Southern Illinois University. Poshard took office in January 2006.[13]

Poshard announced Rita Hartung Cheng as the new chancellor of the Carbondale campus during a press conference on November 17, 2009. Cheng, formerly provost and vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee[14] took over from interim chancellor Samuel Goldman on June 1, 2010,[15] inheriting a budget crisis, resulting in the elimination of many non-tenured teaching positions and mandatory furloughs for employees.[16][17]

On May 12, 2011, John Nicklow was named as Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of Southern Illinois University. Nicklow, who has worked as assistant provost and director of enrollment management for the Carbondale campus, was announced by SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng as the choice to replace Gary Minish, who resigned from the post in January. Nicklow has served as interim assistant provost for Enrollment Management since June 2010. In that position, he is responsible for the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Transfer Student Services, Records and Registration, Bursar, and International Programs and Services.[18]

Academic programs and rankings

As a major public research university, SIU offers more than 200[19] academic degree programs across all levels; associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral. It also offers professional programs in architecture,[20] business, law and medicine. Since 1989, SIU has offered an MD/JD dual degree program,[21] leading to the concurrent award of both degrees after completion of six years of coursework.[22][23]

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes Southern Illinois University, Carbondale as an elite institution of higher education, based on breadth of research and academic programs. In the academic year 2013-2014 the University was awarded over $78 million in research grants, the largest of which were to the School of Medicine and the College of Science.[24] Carnegie categorizes Southern as: "RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)."[25]

SIU Carbondale ranked #70 of "National Universities" overall in the 2011 edition of annual college rankings by US News';[19] Ranking performance was partially based on ratios of students to faculty. At SIU, 50 percent of the classes cap out at 20 or fewer students; only 5 percent of classes include 50 or more students. The ratio of students to faculty is 15 to 1 and the percentage of full-time faculty is 96 percent.[26]

The Princeton Review ranked SIU in its 2012 list of "Best of the Midwest" colleges.[27] The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition includes SIU. The book, the second annual edition from The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes colleges that demonstrate "a notable commitment to sustainability."[28]

Departmental and program rankings

  • The College of Business and Administration ranks among the best in the United States, with the finance department among the top 5.[citation needed]
  • The Automotive Industry Planning Council ranks the Automotive Technology Program as No. 1 in the country.
  • SIU ranks second in the nation in American Philosophy.[citation needed]
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Rehabilitation Institute counseling program second in the nation.[citation needed] In addition, the program won the 2006 Commissioner's Award for Excellence in Education and Training from the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration.[citation needed]
  • The Department of Workforce Education is among the Top 10 in the country, joining Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State in that category.[citation needed]
  • The School of Law's Legal Research and Writing Program tied with Rutgers University for 2nd in the nation among 184 law schools.[citation needed]
  • The Aviation programs continually ranks as a top program in the country for pilot training.
  • The Zoology Department is ranked in the top ten in the nation.
  • The Criminology Department is ranked among the top five in the United States.
  • The Clinical Psychology program is recognized in the top 20 in the country by the APA.
  • The School of Journalism is ranked among the five best in the country.
  • The Forestry Department is ranked second only to Penn State in the US.

Colleges of Southern Illinois University

College Year founded

College of Agricultural Sciences[29] 1955
College of Applied Sciences & Arts[30] 1950
College of Business[31] 1957
College of Education & Human Services[32] 1869
College of Engineering[33] 1961
College of Liberal Arts[34] 1943
College of Mass Communication & Media Arts[35] 1993
College of Science[34] 1943

College of Agricultural Sciences

The College of Agricultural Sciences consists of four academic departments: Agribusiness Economics, Animal Science, Food & Nutrition, Forestry, and Plant, Soils & Agricultural Systems. There are eight majors and twenty-six specializations. The college's Ph.D. program was added in December 2007. The Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences is a research degree that prepares graduates for developing and funding their own research program, and for teaching graduate and undergraduate students.[36] In August 2011, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation announced that it is providing $7 million to a multidisciplinary team of SIU researchers. During at least the next six years, the team will examine the best ways to maximize agriculture in central Illinois.[37]

College of Applied Sciences and Arts

Since its inception as the Vocational Technical Institute, CASA has undergone continuous change to address the workforce needs in the southern Illinois region, the state and the nation. The College presently includes four schools which house three master’s degree programs, fourteen baccalaureate, and two associate degree programs. The masters of science in Medical Dosimetry and one baccalaureate program, Fire Service Management, are offered off-campus only. CASA provides off-campus opportunities to receive baccalaureate degrees in the areas of Aviation Management, Electronic Systems Technologies, Fire Service Management, Health Care Management, and Medical Dosimetry. The baccalaureate degree in Information Systems Technologies is offered online. Forty-nine hours of upper-level and selected elective courses are available to students at various locations throughout the country.[38]


Morris Library

Morris Library is the main library for SIU. The Library holds more than 3.2 million volumes, 3.6 million microform units, and over 43,000 current periodicals and serials. These figures make Morris Library among the top 50 research libraries in the United States and the second largest in the state. Library users have access to I-Share (the statewide automated library system) and to a comprehensive array of databases and other electronic data files. As the campus center for access to academic information and collaborative academic technology projects, Morris Library provides a wide range of services, including reference assistance, instructional and technical support, distance learning, geographic information systems (GIS), and multimedia courseware development. Morris Library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA).

In 2009, Morris Library completed a massive renovation and expansion at a cost of $41 million. The building's original façade and the HVAC and elevator systems were completely replaced. Every floor of the eight-story building was completely overhauled to drastically improve accessibility and remove confusion. An additional Script error: No such module "convert". of space was added to the north side of the library. Delyte's, a new coffee shop named after former SIU President Delyte W. Morris, now operates in a portion of the new space.

Student Center

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"Glow bowling" at the SIU Student Center bowling alley.

With over Script error: No such module "convert". of floor space, the SIU Student Center is one of the largest student unions in the nation.[39] The programs and services offered provide SIU students, faculty, and staff a place to relax, gather a group to study or grab a bite to eat. The Student Center hosts multiple dining locations, the University Bookstore, ATM and Western Union stations, check cashing services, the ID Card office, and Debit Dawg activations and deposits all under one roof. The Student Center offers several ballrooms and smaller, expandable conference rooms for small or large gatherings. Student-run radio station WIDB 104.3 FM[40] broadcasts from the Student Center, and the Black Affairs Office, International Student Council, Student Programming Council or "SPC," student governments and the Greek Council are among the organizations with their offices in the building.

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Student Center Patio

The Student Center operates a Bowling & Billiards facility that completed a major renovation in 2009, including electronic scoring, new lanes, glow-in-the-dark flooring, flat-screen TVs, drop-down screens, and new seating areas. Each lane is equipped with bumpers, and three IKAN Bowling Ramps will be available to attach to any model of wheelchair, allowing the occupant to control the speed, direction, and timing of the bowling ball's release. Twelve new Olhausen pool tables along with new lighting and an updated sound system are featured on the billiards side of the facility.

Recreation Center

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SIU Lake and Residence Halls

The Student Recreation Center,[41] or "Rec," is the university's primary hub for intramural and fitness activities. The Script error: No such module "convert". building is one of the largest of its kind in the United States on a college campus. Access to the Recreational Center is free to all SIU students and for a membership fee to Alumni, Faculty and the general community.

Indoor facilities include an 890,000 gallon natatorium (home to the SIU Salukis swimming and diving team), two weight rooms, an aerobics room, martial arts room, a rock climbing wall, tennis court, racquetball courts, squash courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and two running tracks. Outdoor facilities include several lighted hard-surface tennis courts, the Rec Sports Complex (used for intramural softball, flag football and soccer), a Frisbee golf course, the campus boat dock and campus beach.

Health Center

On February 3, 2006, SIU opened a new, Script error: No such module "convert". health center[42] adjacent to the Recreation Center. The $9.7 million facility provides medical services to the university community and houses the medical clinic, pharmacy, wellness resources, psychiatry clinic, counseling center, and sports medicine and physical therapy facilities. Community partners Southern Illinois Dermatology and the Marion Eye Center also provide services in the new health center.[43]

The Saluki Way

In 2005, former SIU chancellor Walter Wendler unveiled a massive plan to reshape the core of the Carbondale campus. The plan, called "Saluki Way,"[44] is a part of the larger "Southern at 150" project. Saluki Way was approved in September 2006 by the SIU Board of Trustees and integrated into the university land use plan.[45]

The $900 million plan is divided intro three phases and is expected to take 15 years to complete.[45]

  • Phase 1: included construction of a new football stadium to replace McAndrew Stadium and renovations to SIU Arena, the home of the men's and women's basketball teams.
    On March 3, 2009 the official groundbreaking for the first phase of Saluki Way took place. Shortly afterward, construction commenced on the new Saluki Stadium, athletic support building and renovations to the SIU Arena. Saluki Stadium was completed in August 2010, and opened on September 4, 2010 for the inaugural game.[46] Construction of the athletic support facilities and renovations of the SIU Arena are scheduled for completion in late September/early October 2010.[47] The Salukis played their first game in the "new" arena on November 1, 2010.[48]
  • Phase 2: The second phase calls for the construction of new classroom buildings where the then current football stadium was, re-routing roads and renovating existing structures.[49] Woody Hall, the university's hub for Student Services, will be moved to the new construction along with the Alumni reception center. No timetable has been announced for this phase of the project.
  • Phase 3: The third phase of Saluki Way will include the building of new dormitories. This phase will begin with the destruction of the school's "triads" in University Park. Allen, Boomer, and Wright Halls are scheduled for demolition in the summer of 2012.[49]

As part of Saluki Way, the university’s New Student Services Building, opened in October 2012. The nearly 130,000 square-foot building currently houses the offices of undergraduate admissions, University College, financial aid, and the registrar and bursar. Other offices scheduled to move as the upper floors of the building are completed include the graduate school, transfer student services, university housing and dean of students.[50]


Intercollegiate athletics
Men's Teams
Cross Country
Women's Teams
Cross Country

The Southern Illinois Salukis are the athletic teams representing Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The university first sponsored athletic teams during the 1913–14 school year, when they were known as the "Maroons." Students and faculty began lobbying for a new mascot during the late 1940s. On March 19, 1951, the student body voted to change the official nickname to the Salukis. The saluki, the royal dog of ancient Egypt, was chosen as the mascot due to its reputation as a fast and tenacious hunter and because the southern Illinois region is known as "Little Egypt."[51]

The Salukis sponsor 16 varsity teams. Most compete in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), specifically in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, softball, women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and volleyball. The football program competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). Men's swimming is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Athletic highlights

  • The men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for six straight seasons between 2002–07, including two trips to the Sweet Sixteen.
  • The women's basketball team was Missouri Valley Conference champion in 2007.
  • Football had been ranked in the Top 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision for the four years 2006-09, and were in the playoffs for seven straight years, 2003–09.
  • Softball has been ranked in the Top 25 in the nation for the past two years and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament five straight seasons.
  • SIU's student-athletes lead the MVC in overall grade point average.

Student life

Southern Illinois University has a vibrant student culture and is home to more than 400 Registered Student Organizations (RSO). Organizations include honor societies, sports clubs and student activity groups, and 11 fraternities, 8 multicultural fraternities and 9 sororities. The largest RSO on campus is the Student Programming Council (SPC).

Student government

SIU has two primary bodies of student government responsible for distributing part of the Student Activity Fee to the RSO's:

  • The Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)

Additionally, one student is elected to be one of the "Student Trustees"; the other is elected at SIUE then the governor appoints one to be a voting member of the SIU Board of Trustees.

The Daily Egyptian

The Daily Egyptian or "DE" for short, is an award-winning student-run newspaper. The DE is published Monday through Thursday with a distribution of 20,000 copies, and an online edition on Friday. The Daily Egyptian has received more than 25 awards from the Illinois College Press Association. In 2002, the paper was the recipient of the National Newspaper Pacemaker Award for General Excellence, the nation's most prestigious college journalism award.[citation needed]

Saluki Patrol

Founded in 1959, the Saluki Patrol is one of the oldest student security teams in the country. The student members assist the Department of Public Safety in their duties.[52]


There are four main undergraduate residence hall areas, each with their own common buildings and dining halls: Brush Towers,[53] Thompson Point,[54] University Hall,[55] and University Park,[56] for a total of 18 residential buildings.[57] Residence hall rooms are fully furnished, and many have been modified to meet the needs of specific types of disability.[58]

Graduate, single parent, domestic partner, and married student housing is available in Evergreen Terrace, Southern Hills, and Elizabeth Apartments.[59]

Wall & Grand,[60] SIU's first apartment-style residence halls, opened in 2007.[61] The apartments are all fully furnished, including washers and dryers, and are fully accessible to students with disabilities.[58]

According to SIU Housing policies, single freshman students under the age of 21 who do not reside with their parents or legal guardians are required to live in University-owned and operated residence halls.[62] Students are considered to hold freshman status if they have earned fewer than 26 credit hours after high school. These restrictions do not apply to students over the age of 21, veterans, married students, single parents, or students with 26 or more credit hours.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

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Sunset over Southern Illinois University's Campus Lake.

The Cardboard Boat Regatta is an event held every spring semester at Campus Lake. Participants include university students and community members both young and old. The goal is to complete three trips around a 200-yard course on the lake using makeshift cardboard boats. There are three different categories for entries: canoes or kayaks, experimental boats and instant boats (boats created on-site the day of the event).

The idea for a Cardboard Regatta first originated in 1974 at Southern Illinois University. Richard Archer, a professor of Art and Design, dreamed up a final examination for students in his freshman design class. Buckminster Fuller, then a Distinguished Professor at SIU, had espoused the principle of "doing the most with the least," and faculty members found it intriguing to apply these principles in their classes. Archer felt it would be a real test of students' creativity and three-dimensional design skills to build human-sized boats made only of cardboard, and more than 20 years later, it is still happening.[63] Many communities, organizations and other universities around the country have joined in on the fun and now organize their own Cardboard Boat Regattas.

Competitive programs

  • National debate champions – Under the direction of debate coach Todd Graham, SIU won the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in 2008 and 2013. The team also won the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament in 2013 and were ranked first in the country over the course of the 2010, 2012, and 2013 seasons.
  • The SIU Flying Salukis Flight Team became the first team in National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 8 modern history to win first place in regional competition three years in a row (2007–2009). At NIFA SAFCON 2014, the Flying Salukis won the team's ninth national title. The team has qualified for the national championships in 44 of the last 45 years.[64][when?]
  • The aviation program has been one of the best nationally for many years, with SIU's young pilots winning the International Aerobatic Club Collegiate National Team Award five of the last six years.[when?]
  • SIU's Radio/TV Department has won National awards (Student EMMYS) on a yearly basis for nearly a decade.[when?]
  • SIU's Forestry Club have been the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Midwest Collegiate Challenge champions for over 18 years in a row.[when?]

Notable alumni

There are currently over 220,000 graduates of Southern Illinois University Carbondale worldwide. Notable SIU alumni include:

Notable faculty

Popular culture

In the cult hit-comedy movie Animal House the famous "College" shirt worn by actor John Belushi was created for him while attending house parties with his brother, actor James Belushi, who was a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

In the Simpsons episode "Super Franchise Me," it is revealed that the character Gil Gunderson was two credits short from graduation from Southern Illinois University. Also in the Simpsons episode "Sky Police," Gil Gunderson shouts "Go Southern Illinois" and along with Homer and Bart do the Saluki Strut, which is not a Southern Illinois University tradition. Nevertheless the local Carbondale newspapers reported that Southern Illinois University was mentioned on the Simpsons. [91]

Sister Universities

See also

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