SIU Carbondale: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

SIU Carbondale

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU Carbondale) is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 72%. Located in Carbondale, Illinois and founded in 1869, SIUC is the oldest university in the Southern Illinois University system. Students can choose from over 100 Bachelor's degree programs, and professional fields such as engineering, education, and business are popular among undergraduates. The university has a 13-to-1 student / faculty ratio. The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Salukis compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference.

Considering applying to Southern Illinois University Carbondale? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Southern Illinois University Carbondale had an acceptance rate of 72%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 72 students were admitted, making SIUC's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 6,232
Percent Admitted 72%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 25%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Southern Illinois University Carbondale requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 75% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. Note that beginning with application year 2020, SIUC will be test optional for applicants with a minimum GPA of 2.75 who have completed the required high school curriculum.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 500 610
Math 500 600
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of SIUC's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Southern Illinois University Carbondale scored between 500 and 610, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 500 and 600, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 600. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1210 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Requirements

Southern Illinois University Carbondale recommends but does not require the optional SAT writing section. Note that SIUC does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Southern Illinois University Carbondale requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 55% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. Note that beginning with application year 2020, SIUC will be test optional for applicants with a minimum GPA of 2.75 who have completed the required high school curriculum.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 27
Math 18 26
Composite 20 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to SIUC received a composite ACT score between 20 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

SIUC does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The optional ACT writing section is recommended but not required by Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's incoming freshmen class was 3.24, and over 53% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.25 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to SIUC have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Southern Illinois University Carbondale generally offers automatic admission to applicants who have completed the required high school curriculum and who meet one of the following criteria: a cumulative GPA of 2..75 or above, a rank in the top 10% of their graduating class, an ACT of 23 or above, or an equivalent SAT score. Note that beginning with application year 2020, SIUC will have a test-optional policy.

Applicants who have met the course requirements but not the other criteria for automatic admission will be considered under a holistic review process that will determine admission. Note that some SUIC programs require additional application materials and others require applicants to undergo a screening process.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students admitted to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. You can see that the majority of accepted students had GPAs of C or higher, an ACT composite score above 17, and a combined SAT score (ERW+M) above 900.

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