SIU Edwardsville has been shaping the future since 1957, offering quality undergraduate study and programming forged with a solid commitment to the economic development of Southwestern Illinois as well as to the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
The campus is situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful, forested woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River bottom land, only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis.
SIUE is also one of the best higher education values in the Midwest, with the lowest in-state tuition rate of any public Illinois college or university. And, our student-faculty ratio is excellent at 16 to 1.
As important as location, affordability, and student-faculty ratios, we are an institution with a clear purpose and a clear mission. There is ample evidence that we have achieved excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and that we are a premier metropolitan University:
- For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has heralded SIUE as an "up and coming school." One of 46 schools nationwide recognized for its innovative changes, SIUE was also ranked, for the eleventh-consecutive year, among the top 15 public Midwestern master's universities.
- SIUE has 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.
- Fall 2014 enrollment is 13,972 students, among the largest in the history of the University. Applications to SIUE undergraduate and graduate programs reached 12,693 this year.
- This fall, SIUE’s record freshman class holds an ACT average of 23.5, the highest in the University’s history; the headcount for new transfer students represents the second largest fall transfer class in the history of SIUE; total international enrollment is at the highest level in 10 years; and, for Fall 2014, SIUE has record high enrollment for both African American and Hispanic students.
- SIUE faculty and staff received $40 million in grants and contracts for research, teaching and service initiatives in academic year 2013-2014.
- The School of Nursing uses the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art, simulated learning lab in the region, serving an enrollment of students that is at an all-time high. The School has received 10-year accreditation, the longest possible term, under the guidelines of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- The SIUE School of Pharmacy has received continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. This recognition will be valid until 2023 and shows a great amount of well-deserved confidence in the quality of our program.
- SIU School of Dental Medicine graduates consistently rank high among the nation's 65 dental schools on national board exams.
- The SIUE East St. Louis Center serves as a national model for how universities can empower people and strengthen communities.
- After being citedby Washington Monthly for five consecutive years, for the first time SIUE has been listed among the Top 40 master's granting colleges and universities in the nation, and first among all master’s institutions in Illinois. Rankings are determined by institutions' commitment to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and service.
- National online magazine The Daily Beast ranks SIUE 21st in the nation among its Top 50 Safest Colleges.
- SIUE has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
- For the sixth consecutive year, Victory Media designated SIUE a Military Friendly School for 2014, placing SIUE in the top 20 percent of schools in the nation.
The Carnegie Commission categorizes SIUE as primarily a residential campus, providing student life activities comparable to many larger universities. SIUE adds value to people's lives and offers resources for continuous enrichment.
Some information taken from the SIUE 2014-2015 Chancellor's Report.