Southern Illinois University — Carbondale’s history is extensive.
Founded in 1869 as the state’s second Teacher’s College, SIU now ranks among Illinois’s most comprehensive universities. The Carnegie Foundation has recognized Southern Illinois University as an elite institution of higher education, as the university offers an array of outstanding academic programs from 11 on campus colleges. SIU is a proud home to many distinguished alumni, including actors Jim Belushi and Dennis Franz, CNN correspondent Jim Bittermann, NBA Hall of Famer Walt Frazier, well-known journalist Jackie Spinner, and Dip-In-Dots Founder Curt Jones.
With over 200 undergraduate degree options, 30 doctoral degrees and over 60 master’s, law, and medical degrees, SIU has something for everyone.