Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale can be found in Carbondale, IL, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at Southern Illinois University Carbondale number approximately twenty two thousand each year, and is one of the biggest schools in the state.

The majority of students admitted to this school earned an SAT score between 920 - 1210, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 19 - 25. We were able to estimate the SIUC average GPA (2.98 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. About 80 percent of all students which applied were accepted at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and from those that were granted acceptance nearly 28 percent continued on to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the SIUC acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 63%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SIUC Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Southern Illinois University Carbondale was reported as 79.3% in Fall 2013 with over 11,600 applications submitted to SIUC. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SIUC ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • SIUC Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Southern Illinois University Carbondale?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Southern Illinois University Carbondale, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 68.6%
  • 2010-2011: 59.3%
  • 2011-2012: 44.1%
  • 2012-2013: 51.4%
  • 2013-2014: 79.3%
  • Projected SIUC Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 62.6%

How Does SIUC Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Southern Illinois University Carbondale is forty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Southeast Missouri State University85.5%
Saint Louis University-Main Campus64.4%
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville84.2%
University of Southern Indiana69.3%
Webster University58.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SIUC (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math17 - 25
Composite Score19 - 25
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