The undergraduate admission's policy is handled during the initial stages by the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR). The policies and procedures for applying for admission can also be found at Office of Admissions and Records along with the necessary applications. The information presented here includes basic requirements for getting admitted to SIUC undergraduate program. For detailed information, please visit the Undergraduate Student Catalogue.
High school graduation and fulfillment of mandated course subject pattern requirements are required for admission. Additionally, applicants meeting either of the following two criteria will be automatically admitted to the University. Exceptions to this rule are those programs that have established additional admission requirements beyond the University’s minimum standards for admission, and recommendations of the Campus Violence Prevention Committee that deny or place conditions on admission.
ACT composite score at or above 23
High school grade point average at or above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), in core courses
All other applicants who meet the course pattern requirements will undergo a holistic review to determine potential admissibility. Admission of students who do not meet automatic admission requirements may be subject to conditions.
The preferred deadline for completed applications is December 1st, for entry in the following fall semester. The secondary deadline is May 1st. A completed application consists of an Application for Admission and Scholarships and receipt of all necessary credentials, including test scores and transcripts, and a $40 non-refundable application fee. Fees may be waived for students who meet certain income levels. See your high school guidance counselor for details. All completed applications received by the preferred deadline will be guaranteed a decision by February 1.
Applications are reviewed by representatives of the University’s various academic units and a University Admissions Review Committee, which make recommendations to the office of Undergraduate Admissions. All appeals are initiated through Undergraduate Admissions. Further appeals should be directed to the Director of Admissions. Appeals beyond the Director of Admissions should be directed to the Provost. Decisions by the Provost are final.
- Graduation from a recognized high school or satisfactory completion of the General Educational Development Test; and,
- An overall C average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) from all post-secondary institutions. If necessary, grade point average will be converted to a 4.0 scale and/or semester hours. Remedial (non-credit)
course workis not used in calculating the admission grade point average. All transfer work is calculated according to Southern Illinois University Carbondale regulations rather than those of institutions students have previously attended; or,
- Completion of an associate degree in a baccalaureate-oriented program (A.A. or A.S.) from an accredited Illinois public two-year institution; or completion of an A.A. from an accredited Missouri public two-year institution. The student will: (a) be admitted to the University with junior standing and, (b) be considered to have completed the University Core Curriculum requirements for general graduation purposes; and,
- Eligible to continue your enrollment at the last post-secondary institution attended. Students who have been placed on scholastic probation or academic suspension from another college or university will be considered for admission
byUndergraduate Admissions only if there is tangible evidence that additional education can be completed successfully. Tangible evidence might include: (1) an interruption of schooling for one or more years, (2) military experience, (3) work experience, and (4) previous academic performance.
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities must clear students suspended for any reason other than academic
Transfer students who have completed a minimum of one year of work can be considered for admission in advance of their matriculation. If you are enrolled in a collegiate program for the first time and wish to transfer upon completion of your first term or first year, you may do so if you meet the University’s admission requirements for beginning freshmen. Admission granted to a student on partial or incomplete records is granted with the condition that the student will have an overall C average and be eligible to continue at the last school attended at the time of matriculation. Students whose final transcripts indicate a grade point average or scholastic standing less than that required for unconditional admission may have their admission and registration withdrawn or their scholastic standing changed.
Transfer students admitted on the basis of incomplete transcripts must submit complete transcripts prior to being allowed to register for a second term at SIU. Transfer students will be admitted directly to the academic unit in which their major field of study is offered if they qualify for that program. Students who are undecided about their major field of study will be admitted to Exploratory Student Advisement or to select other units with an undecided major. For more information, please visit transfer student services webpage.
In general, International Students must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of domestic students. As there is considerable variation between educational systems throughout the world, precise comparative standards are not always available. Therefore, International Students are considered for admission on the basis of their former academic work, English proficiency, and evidence of adequate financial resources.
Educational Records. You must submit official transcripts, certificates, or mark sheets from all secondary schools, colleges and universities you have attended. Also, submit the official results of any national secondary school examinations you are required to take. If you completed high school in the U.S.A. or in an American high school system, submit scores from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Other applicants may submit SAT scores for admission consideration, but they are not required to do so.
The submission of unofficial records (those that do not bear the original signature of the institution’s representative), will delay the processing of your admission. The Registrar, Headmaster, or Dean of the institution issuing the documents must sign all credentials. Photocopies are acceptable only if they bear the institution’s original seal and the original signature of the school official certifying the documents. Transcripts and other records attested as certified by a notary public or solicitor (non-institutional official) are not being accepted as official.
2021-2022 Financial Requirements. Beginning Fall 2021 semester, international students must have assured financial resources of approximately $42,500 (U.S. dollars) for the 2021-2022 academic year of study at SIU. The cost of attendance at SIU Carbondale is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the International Admissions Application for details.
English Competency. You must also demonstrate English competency before you can enroll in SIU Carbondale university courses. TOEFL scores are required of all International Students and those who have acquired immigrant status. Either of the following options will qualify you for exemption from our Center for English as a second Language TOEFL examination:
Former Southern Illinois University Carbondale students who meet one of the following qualifications may apply for entrance to the Academic Renewal Program.
- Adult re-entering students who previously earned at Southern Illinois University Carbondale less than a
2.0 gradepoint average and have since had at least three calendar years interruption following their last enrolled term at SIU Carbondale. Applicants who have attended any post-secondary institution, college, or university within the immediate three years prior to re-entering Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the Academic Renewal Program, must have earned a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- Veterans who have completed at least one year of active military service after having previously earned at Southern Illinois University Carbondale less than a 2.0 GPA. Southern Illinois University Carbondale must be the first institution attended since discharge or separation.
- Community college associate degree graduates who have previously earned from SIU Carbondale a grade point average below 2.0 prior to completing an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution. SIU must be the first institution attended since earning the associate degree.