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Points of Pride

Nationally Recognized for Excellence

  • For the second-consecutive year, SIUE is in Washington Monthly’s Top 40 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE maintained its position as first among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list. This is the sixth-consecutive year that SIUE has been listed. Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an institution’s “contribution to the public good” in three broad categories: social mobility, research and service.
  • Washington Monthly lists SIUE eleventh in expenditures for research. The University invested $43 million from external sponsors for research, instructional support and public service in fiscal year 2014. This investment allows a significant number of SIUE students at the graduate and undergraduate levels the opportunity to participate in research projects in their fields of study. Under the service sub-category, SIUE was ranked fifteenth in the percent of federal work study funds dedicated to students employed in community service programs.
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges of 2016 lists SIUE among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 12th consecutive year. The University is 10th overall among public universities in that category. SIUE was featured at number 44 in this year’s rankings of Regional Universities Midwest, advancing three spots from last year. The overall scores are based on the reputation of SIUE in higher education, graduate and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
  • U.S. News & World Report lists SIUE among the 2015 “Up and Coming” among Midwest regional universities. College administrators were surveyed last spring to nominate institutions they believe have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, and campus or facilities. A total of 20 regional universities made the list; SIUE is one of only five public institutions to be recognized.
  • Recognizing SIUE’s commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, the Corporation for National and Community Service named SIUE to the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth-consecutive year.
  • SIUE is set in one of the “50 Safest College Towns in America,” according to the 2015 SafeWise Report. Edwardsville ranked number 25 on the list of 50 towns. SafeWise cited SIUE’s investment in safety technology, such as the Rave Guardian app, to maintain a secure campus. SIUE police officers are academy trained and engaged in a Community Policing program. Under the SIUE Campus Violence Prevention Plan, there are more than 80 emergency phones on campus.
  • Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named SIUE a Military Friendly School for the sixth-consecutive year. This honor places SIUE in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students to ensure their success on campus.

Quality Education

  • SIUE offers easy access to professional and cultural opportunities in Metropolitan St. Louis, located just 25 minutes from the campus. The close proximity to St. Louis gives students the benefit of internships, cooperative education opportunities and full-time employment with major corporations like The Boeing Company, Anheuser-Busch, Edward Jones, Express Scripts and BJC Healthcare. Ninety percent of SIUE students secure a job within six months of graduation.
  • SIUE offers nationally accredited academic programs of study with the lowest tuition and required fees of all four-year institutions in Illinois. SIUE now offers in-state tuition to residents of Missouri and other regional states. To further enhance affordability, the University awarded more than $148 million in scholarships and financial aid year last year. That positions an SIUE education as one of the best values in the Midwest.

Commitment to Diversity

  • SIUE received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
  • The University’s LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate index score is 4.5 out of 5 stars for the second consecutive year. SIUE was evaluated on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression for the first time and scored 4.5 and 4 stars, respectively.
  • African American (1,982) and Hispanic (537) student enrollment are each at the highest levels in the history of the institution.
  • International student enrollment increased to 423 and is the highest at the University since fall 2004.
  • Nearly 30 percent of the student body reports a diverse cultural background.

Continued Campus Growth

  • SIUE has exceeded its previous record student enrollment. The University registered an all-time high of 14,265 students for the fall 2015 semester. Overall enrollment leaped by 293 students.
    • Freshman class is the second largest in SIUE history: 2,096 students earning a mean ACT of 23.2
    • Freshmen from Missouri: 13% (compared to only 2% in fall 2012)
    • New transfer students: 1,266, the second highest in the past nine years
  • SIUE is second in the region for the number of LEED buildings on university campuses. All new campus construction is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certifiable by the U.S. Green Building Council. The new Art and Design Building has achieved a LEED gold rating and the Science Building and Lukas Annex have achieved a LEED silver rating.
  • Since 2006, SIUE has been working to complete a $300 million construction and infrastructure improvement plan, adding innovative state-of-the-art buildings and enhancing existing structures. SIUE is nearing completion of the entire plan. Already thousands of students, faculty and staff are enjoying the numerous finished additions to campus life. Recently completed projects include the Science Building Complex, Art and Design Building expansion and Vadalabene Center Lukas Athletics Annex.

Economic Impact

  • The University boasts a regional economic impact of more than $514 million in the 2015 report, a nine percent increase since 2010.
  • For every state dollar spent on the University, SIUE generates $8.60 of economic impact in the local economy. SIUE also generated more than $24 million in state and local tax revenues in 2015.
  • SIUE is the second largest employer in the Madison-St. Clair County region. The total number of regional jobs generated by the University expanded from 8,800 in 2010 to 9,200 in 2015.
  • As a result of SIUE athletics, expenditures in the region nearly doubled from $249,000 in 2010 to $497,000 in 2015.

Academic Excellence

  • In fiscal year 2014, SIUE faculty and staff received approximately $40 million in grants and contracts for research, teaching and service initiatives from funding organizations such as National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services and United States Environmental Protection Agency.
  • As society’s demand for leadership and innovation in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grows, SIUE is rising to the challenge with a center dedicated to strengthening STEM education for all students, as well as for current and future teachers. The center loans science materials to teachers, and offers camps and activities for area K-12 students, as well as educators. The Center has forged vital partnerships, including those with the United States Transportation Command and The Boeing Company, to expand community outreach efforts.

NCAA Division I Athletics

  • SIUE is fully certified at the Division I level by the NCAA and is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Missouri Valley Conference (men’s soccer) and the Southern Conference (wrestling).
  • Spring 2014 marked the 16th consecutive semester all student-athletes have earned a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA.

Commitment to Service

  • As evidence of SIUE’s commitment to outreach and service, School of Dental Medicine students manage approximately 35,000 patient visits each year at patient clinics in Alton and East St. Louis. In addition, students offer oral health treatment, screenings and education to more than 13,000 people annually through a wide variety of community outreach events.
  • The SIUE East St. Louis Center received more than $14 million in grant awards last year and applied those funds toward comprehensive programs, services and training for children and families in the community. A vital educational resource and a supportive neighbor to the Metro East Community, the Center serves to empower individuals and families to lead successful and healthy lives.


  • SIUE is recognized as a STARS Bronze Institution for accomplishments in campus sustainability. The rating is based on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System for campus-wide sustainable practices from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  • From the installation of a 120-foot wind turbine and 140 solar panels, to the maintenance of more than 17,500-square-feet of green roof space, SIUE is committed to sustainability.
  • The 35-acre Gardens at SIUE and the 380-acre Nature Preserve are places where students and faculty take part in valuable research, lab projects and class assignments.
  • The NCERC at SIUE is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels, specialty chemicals and other renewable compounds.
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