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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1869
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 16,294
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $73,984,136
Admissions Address

Carbondale, IL 62901-6899



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Selective
Send application by: August 17
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: James Carl
Admissions office telephone: (618) 536-4405
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: August 17
Decision sent by:  
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 6 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $30
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: N/A (Refundable by September 1)
Room deposit: $325 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science 3 N/A
Lab 3 N/A
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies 3 N/A
History N/A N/A
Academic electives 2 N/A
Total academic units 15 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: August 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Not considered
Talent/ability: Not considered
Character/personal qualities: Not considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Not considered
Work experience: Not considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 71%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 71%
Total applicants: 9,013
Total acceptances: 6,426
Total freshman enrollment: 2,380
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


Male applicants: 4,482
Male acceptances: 3,291
Male freshman enrollment: 1,360
Female applicants: 4,531
Female acceptances: 3,135
Female freshman enrollment: 1,020
Students that applied here may also have applied to: N/A
Out-of-state freshmen: N/A
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 9%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 28%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 61%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 92%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 3%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 460 - 610
Math: 460 - 610
Combined: 920 - 1220


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 10.0% 13.0%
600-699 18.0% 17.0%
500-599 38.0% 37.0%
400-499 26.0% 25.0%
300-399 8.0% 8.0%
200-299 N/A N/A


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 62%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 18 - 25
Math: 17 - 25
Composite: 19 - 24


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 3.0% 6.0% 4.0%
24-29 29.0% 26.0% 28.0%
18-23 57.0% 50.0% 40.0%
12-17 11.0% 17.0% 28.0%
6-11 N/A 1.0% N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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