Founded in 1869 as the state’s second teachers college ,with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 , SIU Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System. It is a strong, diverse, student centered research-intensive and comprehensive university that recently earned the prestigious 2015 community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university reflects it’s longstanding commitment to service and outreach. SIU embraces a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success.
At SIU, Students can choose from more than 200 undergraduate programs in eight different colleges. The intensive English language program at CESL is open to prospective University students, professionals, and others who want to learn English as a second language in an immersion and intensive community. SIU is where brains and heart intersect. The university is home to major opportunities in a number of fields. It welcomes students from all walks of life from around the world and pride itself on inclusivity. Ranked among the top 5 percent of all U.S. higher education institutions for research, It’s students are making an impact in Southern Illinois and around the globe.
Carbondale is where education, culture and nature come together. The physical beauty of the region is a major attraction to students, faculty and visitors. Sixty miles to the south of Carbondale is the historic confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the two forming the border of the southern tip of Illinois. Situated within 10 miles of the campus are two state parks, the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and four large recreational lakes.
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