Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Year of foundation: 1869
Approx. number of students: 21,000
Period of study: Mid August-Mid December; Early March-Mid July
MCI partner since: 2006

The City

Carbondale, "The Capital of Southern Illinois", is located 154 km southeast of St. Louis on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. It has approx. 26,000 inhabitants.

The Carbondale area is referred to as Little Egypt. Theories about the nickname's origins range from the region's supplying grain to northern and central Illinois during the 1800s famine, to comparing Illinois's southern tip to Egypt's Nile delta region, a fertile agricultural area. SIUC's nickname, the Salukis, references this association, as the saluki was the royal dog of Egypt. Carbondale is home to the Salukies NCAA basketball program of division one basketball.

The University

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC but mainly referred to as SIU) is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system, which includes SIU's smaller sister institution Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Founded in 1869, SIU ranks as one of the top public universities in Illinois. SIU is recognized in the U.S. News & World Report rankings as a "National University," that is, a university which grants a variety of doctoral degrees and strongly emphasizes research. Among public universities in Illinois awarding doctorate degrees, only the University of Illinois ranks higher. Additionally, SIU is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as "Doctoral Research Extensive." The University offers the full range of degree programs from the bachelor's to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees in law and medicine.

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