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 more than $30 million in research and public service projects in fiscal year 2013. 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 Comers” 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 fourth-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 fifth-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 at one of the lowest four-year tuition and required fees of all four-year institutions in Illinois. 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.
Continued Campus Growth
- SIUE’s fall 2013 semester is highlighted by record total enrollment in the Schools of Engineering, Nursing and Pharmacy. The new freshman class average ACT (23.0) increased two-tenths of a point over last year and is the highest in University history. Total student enrollment—13,850—ranks fifth all-time at SIUE.
- 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.
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 2013 marked the 14th consecutive semester all student-athletes have earned a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA.
- In fiscal year 2013, SIUE faculty and staff received approximately $42 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.
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.
- 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 Eco-House is an on-campus living option for students interested in sustainable living, conservation and community service.
- 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.
- SIUE recently won a merit award in the 39th Annual Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) Awards. The Green Star Awards bring national recognition to grounds manicured with a high degree of excellence.
- SIUE has an annual regional economic impact of nearly $500 million. SIUE generates approximately 8,800 jobs regionally. Each year, SIUE employees, students and annuitants spend nearly $230 million in the region. These expenditures influenced the creation of 3,000 local jobs. Many of those jobs are held by the more than half of SIUE's 95,000 alumni living in the region.
- University Park at SIUE is a 330-acre technology park located on the campus of SIUE. The Park provides a unique opportunity for private sector emerging industries and businesses to enhance their competitive positions through beneficial relationship with the University.
- The NCERC at SIUE, located in University Park, is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels, specialty chemicals and other renewable compounds.