Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale


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Recent Reviews

Claire
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My best advice to finding the right campus for students and their parents is to visit, visit, visit! I visited many different...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My best advice to finding the right campus for students and their parents is to visit, visit, visit! I visited many different campuses but none really seemed to fit until I came to SIU. I knew as soon as I got here that this is where I wanted to go. Hopefully the same works for you. Trust your instinct and everything will work out!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about SIU is the fact that it is labeled as a party school when in fact there is so much more to do here. We are located in the center of beautiful Southern Illinois next to Giant City State Park with plenty of beautiful scenery, lakes, and other outdoors activities to keep student occupied with things other than alcohol.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone and everyone who loves the quite calm nature of southern illinois would be a perfect fit for SIU.

Larissa
Describe the students at your school.

I dont really know how to describe my classmates except everyone seems like there own person, they also seem like they know w...

Describe the students at your school.

I dont really know how to describe my classmates except everyone seems like there own person, they also seem like they know what they want and they will do anything to get it.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

To be perfectly honest Southern Illinois University is mostly known for their parties and social events. But there is much more to this school than that. The teachers and advisors are very helpful with everything. They have this place called Center for Academic Success where there are several people who help with every subject. This school is also known for football games and the student center.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all finding the right college is definitely not easy. Most people choose the college they want to attend based on there major or where their friends are going. It should be more than that, of course it is important to go to a college who obviously has your major and is well known for it but it is also important to choose a college or university where you think you can excel and accomplish everything you want to accomplish. Someone should also feel comfortable where they attend school and not feel like an outsider. It is also nice to choose a school that is similar to surroundings from home. I personally chose Southern Illionois University because it was close to home but at the same time far enough away.

Olga
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't always believe what people say about the college in terms of a bad reputation because if you base your decision on just...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't always believe what people say about the college in terms of a bad reputation because if you base your decision on just that advice, you can really miss out on a great college education and experience. (Don't believe everything you are told, because it might not be true)

What's unique about your campus?

The pride because when you come to campus and you wear the school colors, you feel like you belong to a family.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Not enough parking, and the parking that is available is far away from where my classes are.

Josette
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not pick a school just because your friends are going there. I only knew two people who were attending the same school as...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not pick a school just because your friends are going there. I only knew two people who were attending the same school as I was and I don't even spend time with them. Pick a school that you want to go to and you will make plenty of friends when you get there.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are looking to go to school in a small college town, that is not particularly close to a big city, but not too far away either.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who will be far from home and become home sick easily.

ben
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When I came here I was a transfer student, and came in the spring as a Junior. The experience, I must say is a LOT different than someone coming in as a Freshman and staying for 4 years. You will make more friends, stay in groups longer, and build different relationships. I will spend one full year here, and will not have the same 4 year experience as others. When picking colleges think about if you will have to transfer or not. It was cheaper and better academicly for me, but in a social sense it is a totally different experience.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

nothing that is the school's fault. I am just taking too many classes.

Bradley
Describe the students at your school.

Most classmates are pretty laid back and work but don't over do.

Describe the students at your school.

Most classmates are pretty laid back and work but don't over do.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Get involved in something you really care about and make friends with the people in that group. They usually have something special in common with you. Don't sit around in the dorm and wait for friends to find you. Make friends even if you feel shy about it because they will be there for you when you need them the most.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How warm it can be here and how much rain can fall in a day.

Sean
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look not only into the students choosen majors area but into the campus and its surroundings as a whole. Theres a lot more to...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look not only into the students choosen majors area but into the campus and its surroundings as a whole. Theres a lot more to experience than just classes. Look into their hobbies and interests as well.

What's unique about your campus?

I've always been involved in the outdoors and thats how SIU is situated in the state. It has a wildlife and outdoors oriented campus.

Jene`
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure the schools have your exact major and the different sports and programs that you would be interested in taking. Pa...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure the schools have your exact major and the different sports and programs that you would be interested in taking. Parents, don't buy your child's books prior to school starting. Always wait until after the first class to get the books because even the teachers might tell your child that the some of the books required for the class will not be used. Students, make sure that you take in every experience that you go through and learn from it. Going to college is an experience that many would like to endure but some don't have the option. And ALWAYS, ALWAYS try your best.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Before I came to Southern Illinois University, I wish I would have known that there wasn't a Pre-Medicine major here. Fortunately after some thought, I decided that going into medicine might not work for me considering that it takes 11 years before I would be able to get certified.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing at Southern Illinois University is the limited numbers of on-campus apartments.There are only one bundle of on-campus housing apartments and they are only a few years old, no more than 5 years, so I am expecting the campus to have more on-campus apartments in the near future.

Kiri
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When making your college choice, make sure you visit as many schools as you can before deciding where you want to go. A pict...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When making your college choice, make sure you visit as many schools as you can before deciding where you want to go. A picture is worth a thousands words, but you won't really know what a school is like until you step onto its grounds and meet some of its students. There's a feeling you get when you step onto the campus of the school where you belong. Once you get that feeling, you'll know that this is the place you belong. And don't be surprised if you get to school and it's not as wonderful as you want it to be. There's a lot of adjustment involved in your first semseter of college. You'll be lonesome, overwhelmed, and homesick. But one day, everything will click into place and you'll have a great time and an exceptional college experience.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The beautiful campus, my intensive programme, and how friendly the faculty, staff, and students are.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you don't like bugs or fuzzy woodland creatures, don't come here. If you can't live anywhere but a big city, don't come here. If you have a pathological fear of deer, definitely don't come here.

Jenell
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

make sure its the right price and the right place for your child

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

make sure its the right price and the right place for your child

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

there are too many hippies and bugs!!!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

someone who really likes natures and would appreciate being in the middle of no where

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  • 12,182
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