Points of Pride
Nationally Recognized for Excellence
- SIUE is in Washington Monthly's top 60 for master's universities in the nation. SIUE is listed third among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list. This is the seventh 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.
- U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges of 2017 lists SIUE among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 13th consecutive year. The University is 13th overall among 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.
- 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 sixth consecutive year.
- SIUE is set in one of the “30 Safest College Towns in America,” according to the 2016 SafeWise Report. Edwardsville ranked number 25 on the list. 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 seventh 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.
- 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 one of 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.
- Among Illinois public institutions, SIUE ranks 4th on Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges. The magazine's criteria are based on return on investment, including success after graduation, student debt and student satisfaction. SIUE ranks 2nd among all Illinois public institutions for lowest student loan debt, according to LendEDU. More than 42 percent of SIUE students graduate with zero student debt.
Commitment to Diversity
- SIUE received the 2016 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.
- SIUE is home to nearly 400 international students from 51 nations.
Continued Campus Growth
- SIUE has recorded its third-highest all-time enrollment with 14,142 students registered for fall 2016. This represents a less than one percent drop from its all-time high of 14,265 students for the fall 2015 semester. New transfer students total is 1,403, the second highest all-time, and the freshman to sophomore retention rate was 72.3 percent. Three of SIUE’s undergraduate schools have record enrollment for fall 2016:
- The School of Engineering increased 8.59 percent
- The School of Nursing rose 4.26 percent
- The School of Education, Health and Human Behavior boosted enrollment by 2.88 percent
Meanwhile, the School of Business grew 6.24 percent and reached its highest enrollment since 2001, while the College of Arts and Sciences grew 1.54 percent. SIUEs professional schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine each have capped enrollment capacity and have met or exceeded their enrollment goals for the fall.
- SIUE has completed a $300 million construction and infrastructure improvement plan, adding innovative state-of-the-art buildings and enhancing existing structures. 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. The Science Building, Lukas Athletics Annex, Engineering Building Addition and the School of Dental Medicine's Multidisciplinary Labaoratory have achieved a LEED silver rating. SIUE is second in the region for the number of LEED buildings on university campuses.
- 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.
- SIUE ranks first among all Emerging Research Institutions in the Midwest for research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Each year, faculty and staff receive 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).
- SIUE currently is ranked first among Illinois state universities and seventh among public institutions nationally in graduating student-athletes, according to a report released by the NCAA. Eight SIUE programs earned a perfect score of 100 percent in the latest Graduate Success Rate figures.
- Spring 2016 marked the 20th 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 Silver 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.