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: 2010
Edwardsville is among Family Circle magazine's Top 10 Best Towns for Families in 2010. More than 800 cities across the nation were considered for this designation. Towns are chosen based on several factors, including affordability, green spaces, excellent schools, low crime rate, financial stability and philanthropic spirit.
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.
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 2011 edition recognizes SIUE for the second consecutive year as an "up and coming school." The University is listed as one of 68 national universities and one of only three Midwestern regional universities for recently making "innovative changes in the areas of faculty, student life, campus life or facilities." For the sixth consecutive year, SIUE is listed in the capstone experience category, among 15 universities - including Brown, Princeton and Stanford - for its comprehensive Senior Assignment program measuring the competency of graduating seniors. Washington Monthly this year ranked SIUE among the nation's top 50 master's universities among 551 institutions. The University is among the top 20 public universities in the best Regional Universities Midwest (master's granting) category for the seventh consecutive year. Our faculty and staff received nearly $29 million in grants and contracts for research, teaching and service initiatives in 2010. During the same period, the East St. Louis Center received $14 million in grant awards and applied those funds toward comprehensive programs, services and training for community residents.
6. Growing Enrollment
SIUE has achieved record enrollment for fall 2010 at 14,133 students. The University has experienced a 5-percent growth in enrollment since fall 2005. The enrollment increase is proof that SIUE is being recognized as a quality educational institution.
7. Fully-Certified Division I
SIUE is a fully-certified Division I institution and participates in NCAA Division I Athletics as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, an affiliate member of the Missouri Valley Conference (men's soccer only) and an associate member of the Southern Conference (wrestling).
8. Continuous Campus Improvement
SIUE has completed more than half of a $250 million construction and infrastructure improvement plan over the last 5 years.
Fall 2007 - SIUE opened its fourth residence hall. The $41 million, 190,000-square-foot Evergreen Hall houses more than 500 students, offering several "green" features that promote good stewardship and responsible use of resources.
Spring 2009 - A $2 million renovation and expansion of the Early Childhood Center was completed. The renovation and expansion will allow the center to accommodate an additional 34 children. The Early Childhood Center's primary mission is to provide convenient, high quality care and education for the children of University families.
Fall 2009 - SIUE dedicated the Student Success Center, a state-of-the-art $16.6 million facility housing academic and personal support services all in one convenient location. Among the services available at the center: disability support, career development, personal counseling, the honors program, international student services, academic advising, tutoring programs, the SOAR program (for jump-starting freshmen), health services and student government. The goal of the consolidation effort is to improve student recruitment, retention and graduation rates.
Fall 2009 - A $10.5 million Fitness Center renovation and expansion project included the addition of two multi-purpose rooms for group exercise and student activities, a 30,500-square-foot gymnasium for courts, a food and juice bar and an office addition that made it possible for employees to be grouped in the same space.
Fall 2012 - As part of the Illinois Jobs Now bill, a statewide package signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, funds for the completion of a new science building and renovation of the existing science building were released. The completion date is set for Nov. 2012. The $78.9 million project will provide classrooms, laboratories and equipment to support faculty and students, as well as provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for students enrolled in the science and health science programs.
The University is in the process of securing funds and contracting for a $14 million addition to the Art and Design Building and a $12 million addition to the Engineering Building. A $4.2 million donation by the Lukas estate will support an addition to the Vadalabene Center to provide office space and a state-of-the-art weight-lifting and conditioning center. Additional areas of the University that have undergone renovation projects in support of first-rate facilities for SIUE students and staff include: the Environmental Resource Training Center, Korte Stadium, Cougar Village, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Pharmacy and the University Bookstore. The signage and entrance-ways to the University also have been enhanced to increase ease of access by adding landscaping, sidewalks, and improving roadways and traffic flow.
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.