Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
(18 Reviews)
  • Carbondale (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $29,160
92% of 18 students said this degree improved their career prospects
94% of 18 students said they would recommend this school to others
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3.3 out of 5 stars
MJ - 7/22/2016
Degree: Public Relations
Graduation Year: 2003
"SIU was a great school close to home. The campus is very welcoming to students with plenty of housing and amenities. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Erich W Franz - 7/12/2016
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"I went to Southern Illinois Carbondale where I pursued my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice along with being part of the Army ROTC program. My degree fell under the liberal arts field. As I was going to school, I was actively involved in the intense Army ROTC program where the program not only instilled discipline, but also crafted my leadership skills. I'm currently a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer. Currently, I'm working security on the side and am searching for police jobs in the meantime. I will be attending Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, IL this upcoming Fall where I will be pursuing my Graduate degree in the Human Resource Management program. I'm going for my masters to make myself not only more competitive in the military, but also to broaden my skill set on the civilian side. The Criminology program was real good at SIUC and I learned various law enforcement theories and how to apply them in context by not only analyzing the individual and collective groups, but also the environmental locations we as human beings live in."
2.5 out of 5 stars
Bobbie Davis - 7/9/2016
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015
"Education Advisors at this university seemed disorganized and did not seem to know specific information that would be useful to know to answer student questions. I actually ended up going through five advisors before they finally found someone that knew what they were doing and that was towards the end of my degree. Some of the teachers did not seem to care about your education and allowed distractions such as game playing and texting via phone or computer. I had told a teacher about the distractions which did no good because he did not mention anything to the class about it until I finally got fed up and told the class about it. I actually almost walked out of a class because there were too many distractions around me to the point where I could not focus on what the teacher was trying to teach. I ended up taking a class over because I did not feel I learned what I needed to learn because I was lost in another class in which the coursework pertained the other class I had taken. Books were frequently changed, so I ended up showing up to class on multiple occasions with the wrong book in the beginning of the semester. I know other classmates who have had many problems with the university as well. The entire university is just disorganized but you don't realize it until you get halfway through your coursework and feel like it's too late to transfer somewhere else."
3.1 out of 5 stars
willie campbell - 4/9/2016
Graduation Year: 2001
"Southern University was great. most of the struggles came from not having the habits pre-developed to flourish as an individual. they offer a center for basic skills that helped students prepare. they have good integrity in scholar driven infrastructure. By that i mean the majority of the teachers deliver, they have good technology support systems, they have traditional resources like a real library and institutions where you can solve dilemmas with people directly vs talking to machines. i believe they have good relationships with community colleges which give you better chances that your credits will transfer vs retaking curriculum. they have on campus organizations in place for some focuses so that you can get real life work-ethic and real life situations while simultaneously being taught in the field. its a real university too!! architecture, resource center, stores, work out facility, sports teams, art district, scholar society and functions held on campus. to be very specific they just need to provoke a stronger work hard play hard mentality to the ones who have not come instilled with those traits. on the other hand this is the great leap from being considered a teenager to being recognized as a capable adult. and adults don't like babysitting other adults. so that's my review. take up your purpose take up your banner and do what you will with the insight."
3.7 out of 5 stars
charchlo - 10/13/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2011
"I enjoyed my college and the professors I had. It is a beautiful campus and I gained a lot of great knowledge and experience."
3.1 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/4/2015
Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2012
"I liked my college a lot. I started off at university of Illinois but it was too big and not right for me. I loved the smaller size of siu and I loved the location."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/25/2013
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012
"Tell us about your college experience.My school was a good fit for me because it allowed me to get a major and a minor in what I am interested in and set me up for success in my graduate school studies. Some areas lacked in the experience I wanted, but college can definitely be what you make of it!Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Yes, but solely because I am getting my Master's degree. If I had only planned on using my Bachelor's, I would not be satisfied. If I could go back and choose, I would have focused more on an engineering, accounting, or science based degree.What advice can you offer other students?Be eager to seek out professional opportunities, but make sure you take plenty of time to socialize. These years may possibly lead you to the most valuable relationships of your life. Find the balance and become the person you WANT to be (not who others think you should be, or who you think they want you to be)."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/19/2013
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012
"Tell us about your college experience.My college experience was wonderful. Great instructors, great colleagues. However, I didn't take full advantage of the price ledges I had as a student and now I regret it.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Yes, either psychology or computer science. That was my second choice. I enjoyed my psych program immensely.What advice can you offer other students?Take advantage of clubs and student organizations."

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