Founded in 1869 as the state’s second teachers college—with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143—Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System. Diversity is an integral part of our legacy, dating to the inaugural class of 143 that included two African American students. Today, minority students make up 29 percent of our total enrollment, and SIU Carbondale continues to rank among the nation’s top colleges and universities in the number of degrees awarded to students in ethnic and racial minority groups.
SIU Carbondale is a comprehensive university awarding degrees from the associate’s to the doctoral level from the following colleges and schools:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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