Located within a short drive of the Shawnee National Forest, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the second largest comprehensive university in Illinois.
Founded in 1869, SIUC maintains more than 100 academic programs that lead to associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist's, doctoral and professional degrees. In Spring 2010, 20,350 were enrolled in SIUC. Fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, SIUC's faculty-student ratio averages 18:1.
SIUC's student body is diverse. International students come from more than 100 different nations. In 1988, SIUC opened a permanent campus in northern Japan. International exchanges on campus often lead to economic opportunities for the state in today's global economy.
On top of the undergraduate and graduate programs, SIUC is quickly becoming noted for its faculty research projects.
Carbondale is home to Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus. Only a few hours from Chicago, St. Louis and Memphis, the University sits amid rolling hills, farmlands and orchards just 60 miles north of the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
Southern Illinois Airport (SIA) is located just northwest of the city of Carbondale, two miles to the west of US Hwy. 51 and two miles to the north of Illinois Route 13. The Southern Illinois Airport sits on 750 acres and offers a full host of services, including an air traffic control tower which operates from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.
Instructional facilities include a 60,000 square-foot hangar and classroom building. these facilities are located at Southern Illinois Airport. Additionally, a 12,000 square-foot Helicopter Laboratory houses the helicopters used in the Helicopter Specialization.