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Southern Illinois University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Southern Illinois University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 8,602 out of 10,667 applicants or 81% were admitted making Southern Illinois University Carbondale an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements. Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores. Southern Illinois University Carbondale typically accepts and attracts B- average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 5,895 4,750 10,667
Accepted 4,730 3,872 8,602
Acceptance Rate 80% 82% 81%
Enrolled 1,106 1,071 2,177
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 28% 25%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Southern Illinois University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 19 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 96 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 875. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1145 out of 1600. 4 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1010 1280
SAT Reading 500 660
SAT Math 510 620
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT English 18 25
ACT Math 17 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >88%
22 to 25 Avg + 81%-88%
19 to 22 Avg - 71%-81%
16 to 19 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 16 Low <60%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1280 and Above Good >88%
1145 to 1280 Avg + 81%-88%
1010 to 1145 Avg - 71%-81%
875 to 1010 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 875 Low <60%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You can get into Southern Illinois University Carbondale with slightly below average high school grades. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Southern Illinois University Carbondale was 2.86 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B- students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 2.86 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Southern Illinois University accepts 81% of all applicants.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 11% Good
3.50 to 3.75 8% Good
3.25 to 3.50 11% Good
3.00 to 3.25 13% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 26% Avg +
2.50 to 2.75 22% Avg -
2.25 to 2.50 9% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149222 IPEDS survey data for Southern Illinois University Carbondale.



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