A Brief History of Southern Illinois University

When Southern Illinois University, centered in Carbondale, was founded in 1869, it was the state’s second teacher’s college with only 143 students, but already boasting 12 academic departments. Our school has become more vital as it has become more inclusive. We pride ourselves on our diverse staff and student body, our focus student-centered research programs, and the comprehensive nature of our academic offerings. SIU ranks in the top 5 percent of all U.S. higher education institutions for research. Our students are making an impact not only  in Southern Illinois, but worldwide.

Serving the Community

Among our recent achievements, we are especially honored to have earned the prestigious 2015 community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Being designated as a university with an ongoing commitment to serve the community as well as our students is important to us. As a matter of fact, in 2013 alone, we coordinated with more than 3,000 partners in the community to assist 237,000 residents of central and southern Illinois.

The Illinois Center for Autism is a prime example of our successful community efforts, providing extensive services for affected children and their families, while serving as a teaching facility for SIU’s eager and committed students. The center is also well-known for the important research it conducts, research that teaches our students scientific methodology while moving the world towards improved treatment plans and a possible prevention or cure for the condition.

Increasing Our Diversity

SIU has moved forward with American society as diversity has become more and more significant and relevant to education and personal integrity. We’ve come a long way from the days of our birth. While our first graduating class of 143 included only two African-American students, our current student body is composed of 29 percent minority students. During recent times, SIU Carbondale continues to rank high among the nation’s top colleges and universities in the number of degrees awarded to students in ethnic and racial minority groups. We are also intensely aware of gender equality. Our student population is divided almost equally between male and female students.

Natural Beauty Provides a Wonderful Backdrop for Deep Thought

Many students and faculty members, originally drawn to SIU for its intellectual prowess, end up transfixed by its natural beauty, much like lemon law PA. Not far from the memorable joining of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, our campus is also close to two glorious state parks, four shimmering lakes, and the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. When you come to Southern Illinois University, your mind will not only be challenged and informed but refreshed by the natural beauty that surrounds you.

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