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Points of Pride

Nationally Recognized for Excellence

  • For the first time, SIUE climbed into Washington Monthly’s Top 40 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE is first among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list. This is the fifth consecutive year 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 eighth in expenditures for research. The University invested $35 million in grants and contracts for research, teaching and service initiatives 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 eighth in the percent of federal work study funds dedicated to students employed in community service programs.
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges of 2015 lists SIUE among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 11th consecutive year and among the top 15 public universities in that category. 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.
  • The nationally recognized online news magazine, The Daily Beast, ranks SIUE 21st in the nation among its Top 50 Safest Colleges. 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 at one of the lowest four-year 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 $143 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 2014 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 increased for the second consecutive year. SIUE scored “4 of 5 stars.”
  • SIUE’s student body is comprised of nearly 25 percent minority and international students
    • Hispanic student enrollment is the largest in the history of SIUE.
    • The University’s African-American student enrollment is the largest since 1992.
    • SIUE’s international student enrollment has surpassed 400 students for the first time in 10 years.

Continued Campus Growth

  • SIUE’s fall 2014 semester features a record freshman class, as well as record total enrollment in the Schools of Engineering, Nursing and Pharmacy. The new freshman class average ACT (23.5) increased five-tenths of a point over last year and is the highest in University history. Total student enrollment — 13,972 — is one percent more than last fall.
  • 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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