1. Prominent Employer
Employing more than 2,500 faculty and staff members, SIUE is one of the largest employers in the Metropolitan St. Louis area. A recent study by SIUE School of Business faculty shows the University has a $471 million annual economic impact on the region. Each year, the University's presence generates almost 9,000 additional jobs and more than $250 million in labor income for the area.
2. Proximity to St. Louis
Located 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis with its nationally known Fortune 500 companies (Sigma Aldrich, Energizer and Monsanto), professional sports venues, cultural offerings and transportation, you are within minutes of just about anywhere in the Metro Area. When it comes to entertainment, residents' options are plentiful and diverse.
3. 10 Best Towns to raise a Family
Edwardsville was ranked among Family Circle’s Top 10 Best Towns for Families (2010), named the Best City in Illinois for Young Families by NerdWallet (2013) and listed as a Top 10 Most Exciting Places to Live in Illinois by movoto.com (2013).
4. Campus Safety
SIUE was rated by the Daily Beast, a national online magazine, as 21st of the nation's top 50 safest campuses. The study rated campuses that had residential facilities and an enrollment of at least 6,000 students. It analyzed crime data for the years 2006 to 2008. SIUE was the only school in the state of Illinois to rank in the top 50. The 2016 SafeWise Report lists Edwardsville among the 25 Safest College Towns in America.
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.
5. Academic Distinction
U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges of 2017 lists SIUE among the top 15 public Regional Universities Midwest for the 13th consecutive year. The overall scores are based on the academic preparedness of students, graduation rates, faculty characteristics and the reputation of SIUE in higher education.
For the second-consecutive year, SIUE is in Washington Monthly’s Top 60 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE is ranked third among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list. This is the seventh-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.
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.
6. Growing Enrollment
SIUE welcomed 1,935 first-time freshmen enrolling for fall 2016. SIUE also recorded its third-highest all-time enrollment in fall 2016 with 14,142 students registered . This marks the fourth-consecutive year that SIUE has surpassed the 14,000 mark.
7. Fully-Certified Division I
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 in men’s soccer and the Southern Conference in wrestling. The SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics program seeks to provide students with opportunities to enhance their education, to represent the University, and to participate in competitive sports while developing skills and understanding. Spring 2016 marked the 20th consecutive semester all student-athletes have earned a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA.
8. Continuous Campus Improvement
SIUE is in the midst of its largest building phase since the initial construction of the campus began in 1963. SIUE is nearing the completion of an extensive, more-than-$300-million construction and infrastructure improvement plan, adding innovative state-of-the-art buildings and enhancing existing structures.
Enhancements that have been completed or are currently underway include:
• $82 million state-of-the-art Science Building Complex (a new building and renovation of the existing building)
• $9.5 million Dental Laboratory
• $14.2 million Engineering Building Addition
• $16 million Art & Design Building Addition and Renovation
• $4.5 million Lukas Athletics Annex
• Numerous infrastructure improvements
Whether through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certifiable construction projects in its buildings or the campus bike share and recycling programs initiated by the Sustainability Advisory Group, SIUE encourages environmental preservation and stewardship, while promoting scholarship.
9. Excellent Employee Benefits & Tuition Exemption
Through the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, SIUE offers an exceptional array of benefits including healthcare, financial savings, paid and unpaid leaves and retirement as part of a total compensation package to eligible employees. Supplemental benefits offered at SIUE include tuition waivers, paid holidays, 403b retirement savings plans and insurance coverage for specific illnesses, life, disability and injury. With the approval of the employee's supervisor, permanent, full-time and part-time employees who meet the academic requirements of the University may be eligible for a tuition waiver. For more information regarding eligibility as well as the benefits of the tuition wavier program and please contact the Office of Human Resources at 618.650.2190.
10. The Beautiful Campus as a Working Environment
The SIUE campus is situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful, forested woodland on top the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River's rich bottom land. Given its beauty, SIUE is a heavily used recreational setting for the region. The Gardens at SIUE is a 35-acre public botanical garden on the campus of SIUE recognized as a Signature Garden by the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Gardens currently include natural areas, gardens, sculpture arranged in a landscaped setting, and a one-half mile long walking path. In addition, SIUE plans to establish a 380-acre Nature Preserve protected from development to be used to facilitate inter-disciplinary collaboration and research.