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An Act of the Twenty-sixth General Assembly of Illinois, approved March 9, 1869, created Southern Illinois Normal College, the second state-supported normal school in Illinois.[8] Carbondale held the ceremony of cornerstone laying, May 17, 1870.[9] The first historic session of Southern Illinois Normal University was a summer institute, with a first faculty of eight members and an enrollment of 53 students.[10] It was renamed Southern Illinois University in 1947.

The university continued primarily as a teacher's college until Delyte W. Morris took office as president of the university in 1948. Morris was SIU's longest-serving president (1948–1970).[11] During his presidency, Morris transformed SIU, adding Colleges of Law, Medicine and Dentistry. Southern Illinois University grew rapidly in size from 3,500 to over 24,800 students between 1950 and 1991.[12]

In 1957, a second campus of SIU was established at Edwardsville. This school, now known as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is an independent university within the SIU system.

SIU offered the first program to provide support to students with specific learning disabilities at a college level. "Project Achieve" was founded at SIU by Barbara Cordoni Kupiec in 1978. She pursued a career in the field initially to help her own children and has left behind a legacy that has assisted several thousand other students in earning their degrees. In 1983, Project Achieve became the Clinical Center Achieve program when SIUC decided to institutionalize the program, making it a permanent part of the university's structure.

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226

Established Year

1869

Students

12,817

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About

About University
The university continued primarily as a teacher's college until Delyte W. Morris took office as president of the university in 1948. Morris was SIU's longest-serving president (1948–1970).[11] During his presidency, Morris transformed SIU, adding Colleges of Law, Medicine and Dentistry. Southern Illinois University grew rapidly in size from 3,500 to over 24,800 students between 1950 and 1991.[12] In 1957, a second campus of SIU was established at Edwardsville. This school, now known as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is an independent university within the SIU system. SIU offered the first program to provide support to students with specific learning disabilities at a college level. "Project Achieve" was founded at SIU by Barbara Cordoni Kupiec in 1978. She pursued a career in the field initially to help her own children and has left behind a legacy that has assisted several thousand other students in earning their degrees. In 1983, Project Achieve became the Clinical Center Achieve program when SIUC decided to institutionalize the program, making it a permanent part of the university's structure.

Services:

services
Southern Illinois University--Carbondale offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance. Southern Illinois University--Carbondale also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Of the students at Southern Illinois University--Carbondale, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Southern Illinois University--Carbondale.

Student Life:

Student Life
Southern Illinois University has a vibrant student culture and is home to more than 400 Registered Student Organizations (RSO). Organizations include honor societies, sports clubs and student activity groups, and 11 fraternities, 8 multicultural fraternities and 9 sororities. The largest RSO on campus is the Student Programming Council (SPC). Student government SIU has two primary bodies of student government responsible for distributing part of the Student Activity Fee to the RSO's: The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Additionally, one student is elected as one of the "Student Trustees"; the other is elected at SIUE and appointed by the governor as a voting member of the SIU Board of Trustees. The Daily Egyptian The Daily Egyptian or "DE" for short, is an award-winning student-run newspaper. The DE is published weekly on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters with a distribution of 78,000 copies, and an online edition on Friday. The Daily Egyptian has received more than 25 awards from the Illinois College Press Association. In 2002, the paper was the recipient of the National Newspaper Pacemaker Award for General Excellence.[54] Saluki Patrol Founded in 1959, the Saluki Patrol is one of the oldest student security teams in the country. The student members assist the Department of Public Safety in their duties.[55] On-Campus Housing On-Campus housing at SIU is provided in residence halls and apartments and is offered for students who are undergraduates, graduates, parents, domestic partners, or married. There are two main residence hall areas, each with a commons building containing a dining hall, known as East Campus and West Campus. The traditional residence hall contract includes a furnished room, wi-fi, cable, utilities and a dining plan. Residence hall rooms are fully furnished, and many have been modified to meet the needs of specific types of disability. Apartment housing is available in Evergreen Terrace, Wall & Grand, and Elizabeth Apartments. The SIU Housing Policy states: All single students under the age of 21, not residing with their parents or legal guardians, with fewer than 26 credit hours earned after high school are required to live in University-owned and operated residence halls.[56] Students are considered to hold freshman status if they have earned fewer than 26 credit hours after high school.

Student Reviews:

Reviews
When someone lives on campus at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, there are two living options as a freshman. This year, the two options were either West Campus or University Hall. These two living options all eat at Lentz Dining Hall which is located right on West Campus. Southern Illinois University's dining hall food and conditions are spectacular especially when compared to the typical "dining hall experience". As a prospective student, looking into the living qualities is very important as that effects the day-to-day lifestyle. Your dining hall expenses are usually calculated into the bill for the dorms and you cannot live in the dorms without paying for it. We have dining halls on college campuses because most dorms don't have kitchen where you can cook. The dining hall is also a fast, easy option for us during the day. At SIU, they only sell unlimited swipe passes to those on campus so you can eat as many times a day as you please. SIU also offers an option to students who do not live on campus where you can buy a certain amount of meal swipes per semester. This option is very useful, especially for students who live pretty far from campus because Lents is right on campus not very far from classes. A problem with the dining hall would be the fact that you must buy an unlimited meal plan as those are very expensive. The dinning plan rate is about $2,165 per semester, according to the SIU website for the 2018-2019 school year. Students that are interested could opt out of this plan and cut costs by buying their own groceries, which could easily equate to a lot less if they try. This is made difficult considering there are no kitchen appliances available, but most students do keep microwaves and mini refrigerators in their rooms already. Students living on campus should have the options, if they chose so. When someone thinks of dining halls, some might think back to cafeteria food that was served at high schools. Our dining hall is nothing compared. 2.SIUC is a good school. I graduated in 2010 and enjoyed my experience in Carbondale while obtaining my degree. I was in the business program and got my degree in Business Management. While in school, I started my own business and the college & university were very supportive of our endeavor which I will always be thankful for. Go Salukis!