Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale is a public flagship university and one of the largest universities the SIU system. The school has been listed as a “Best Midwestern” by The Princeton Review. SIU is surrounded by two state parks, four lakes, and the Shawnee National Forest. The top fields of study among undergraduates are psychology, biological sciences, and criminal justice.
This school is great if you love nature and outdoors. There are a crazy amount of activities to do here if you know where to look. People are nice.
I think that this university is a great place to have experiences that test your independence and resourcefulness. The people you meet here are great and filled with big hearts; you'll rarely be bored because you'll have a vibrant social life. The campus cafeteria could use a little variety, but for the most part, services and provided and the campus facilities are satisfactory.