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Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018




accomplished so far. It’s also a validation of your potential – what we see in the exciting years ahead for someone with your abilities. SIU has all the brains of a nationally ranked research university and all the heart of a small college. We have everything you’ll need to build your future – and you’ll have all the support you need to launch it. Big things lie ahead, and it’s our promise to make sure that nothing stands between you and the future you see for yourself.


We’ve made it easy to complete the steps to enroll and join the Saluki family. In this kit, you’ll find simple instructions to help you: » Claim your network ID » Submit your housing contract » Apply for financial aid with the FAFSA » Sign up for New Student Orientation » Register for classes » Return the Immunization Compliance Form » Submit your final transcript(s) Remember that we’re always here to answer your questions, address your concerns and help you.



Submit your immunization form.

Claim your network ID. This step is essential

(especially when it comes to financial aid) and simple. Go to for complete instructions.

Now you’re ready to log on to SalukiNet.

This is your personalized portal to Web services available only to students, faculty and staff. It’s the key to your new world. Here’s where you’ll view your campus email, track all of your financial records, follow campus news and register for classes: If you ever need assistance, contact Information Technology at 618/453-5155.

Send your final transcripts.

SIU must review your transcripts to ensure that you’ve fulfilled your course requirements for admission. After you graduate from high school – or, if you’re transferring, after your last college semester – arrange to have your final, official transcript sent to SIU. If you have questions, you can call 618/536-4405 or visit the website Mail high school transcripts to: Undergraduate Admissions Mail Code 4710 SIU Carbondale 1263 Lincoln Drive Carbondale, IL 62901

Mail college transcripts to: Articulation and Evaluation Mail Code 4725 SIU Carbondale 1263 Lincoln Drive Carbondale, IL 62901

Better yet, have your high school or college send your transcripts electronically through either Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE, Credentials Solutions or ETX Clearinghouse.

Illinois requires that all students born after Jan. 1, 1957, provide documentation for two vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) after the age of 1 and tetanus diphtheria (Td, Tdap, Dt, DPT) within the last 10 years. All international students, regardless of date of birth, also must complete a tuberculosis screening at the Student Health Center and provide documentation of three tetanus diphtheria vaccinations, one of which is within the last 10 years. Elective immunizations such as meningitis, hepatitis, flu and travel vaccinations are recommended and available, but are not required. Students not in compliance may not move into university housing and will have their registration blocked until requirements have been met. You can get your immunization records from your local health department, your family doctor or your high school records. There are several ways to submit your immunization records to the Student Health Center. The form and a return envelope are provided in this kit. You can mail it in the envelope provided, or you can email your immunization compliance form, as well as your scanned records, to, or fax it to 618/453-4452 before the start of the semester. Visit for more information.

Review your health insurance coverage.

Students are assessed a student insurance fee each semester as part of tuition and fees. You are eligible for a refund of this fee if you’re covered under another comparable health insurance policy. Refund applications must be submitted by the second Friday of the fall and spring semesters, and by the first Friday of the summer session. To learn more, call 618/453-3311 or visit the website


CHART YOUR FUTURE BY SIGNING UP FOR ORIENTATION New Student Orientation and Saluki Startup.

We’ll go out of our way to make sure nothing is in yours. Our goals are to help you acclimate to your new community, ease your transition to college life and start your SIU journey off right. Students who attend orientation activities usually earn higher first-semester GPAs and feel better prepared to begin their academic careers at SIU. That’s why New Student Orientation and Saluki Startup are required for all incoming freshmen. Think of New Student Orientation as a concentrated preview of the university; it’s one destination with many paths to explore. It’s your opportunity to register for classes and get your student ID. Even more important, though, is that it’s a chance to gather a wealth of information about student life and academic support, including: • Academic resources • Student services • Registered student organizations • Individual financial aid counseling

• Student health insurance • Setting up your Debit Dawg account • University Housing tours • Employment options

You and your family will make connections with other incoming students, current students, faculty, staff and the Carbondale community in one convenient visit. You’ll get a much clearer picture of what your life as a Saluki will be like – all before school even begins. Your extended orientation, Saluki Startup, takes place in the fall, after you move in. You’ll participate in activities planned just for new students. Saluki Startup is all about meeting new friends – fellow students, faculty and staff – who’ll help you learn more about what it takes to succeed as a college student and .what it means to fully embrace the Saluki family. Be sure you’re good to go! Get details about New Student Orientation (including course registration) and Saluki Startup at or call 618/453-1000.

Register for classes.

Your academic advisor will guide you and identify classes you should take. Your advisement appointment will be scheduled for you when you sign up for New Student Orientation.


University College helps ease your transition to college life. We’ll help you connect with everything: special events, university updates, employment opportunities, your academic calendar, tutoring schedules, student services, university core curriculum and other areas you’ll want to know about as a new Saluki. The University College office is located in room 375 of the Student Services Building. You can call us at 618/453-1828 or email us at

Official registration for summer and fall begins in April. Spring registration begins in October.


AT SIU, the Office of

Information Technology aims to provide students with the technology information and services that they need to succeed. For new Salukis, it’s the Mobile Dawg app that has the potential to become a favorite – and valuable – resource. This app connects you with valuable information, such as: • Class schedules. • Faculty and student contact information. • The university health portal. • Dining hall information. • Campus safety. • Additional information about what’s going on around campus. .

But that’s not all.

The Mobile Dawg app also includes useful tools such as the laundry app, which lets you know when washers and dryers are available, and the Saluki Express app that shows you bus routes and where the campus buses are at any given moment. For more information, please feel free to contact the Office of Information Technology by calling 618/453-5155 or sending an email to



RECHARGE SIU’s Division of Student Affairs creates an atmosphere of belonging through engaging programs, exciting adventures and

positive spaces for conversation and rest. We know that you’re ready and willing to work hard and earn your college degree from SIU. We’re committed to partnering with you to help make your college experience the best it can be. Our Student Center and Recreational Sports and Services staff make it their mission to provide spaces for you to de-stress and unwind throughout the semester. Student Health Services is there for you, from minor colds to counseling through life’s major challenges and everything in between. You can also rest easy knowing that Saluki Cares is a single point of contact to connect you with support. No matter the need, we’ve got you covered. SIU’s Student Affairs staff is dedicated to celebrating your independence while providing space for you to learn, grow and discover your path in life. We’re excited about the lifelong friendships you’ll develop, the healthy habits you’ll build and the academic success you’ll achieve. And we’ve just scratched the surface. Discover more at



We remove barriers for everyone. We are committed to students with disabilities, whether the challenges are physical, emotional or cognitive. With SIU’s Disability Support Services paving the way, there’s nowhere you can’t go. 6

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN We reward initiative.

For students who have the talent and determination, SIU offers an array of generous scholarships ranging from $5,000 to more than $92,000 in total four-year value. SIU is ranked in the top tier of “Best National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report 2016 Edition. We believe that an outstanding education should be within your reach. That’s why we’ll do everything we can to make it happen for you.


Our advisors are assigned by college and are prepared to help you

understand the demands of every major. While the majority of our freshmen are declared when admitted, we do offer exploratory academic advisement for undecided students. If they’ve not already done so, new students identify and declare a major before leaving University College. With your academic advisor’s help, you’ll progress to earning a degree that’s a good academic fit for your interests. You’ll be able to weigh your options on a much broader scale. Instead of just looking within your department, you can explore your options across all eight undergraduate colleges. With more than 200 majors, minors and specializations, you’ll have plenty of choices – and you’re sure to find one that fits your strengths.

AT THE CENTER. YOU Beginning with New Student Orientation and continuing on with Career Services, we connect

you with career development right from the start. We believe our support for your SIU experience should begin immediately. New Student Orientation (NSO) is a one-day program for new SIU students and their families. After NSO, you’ll know what to expect on your first day of classes, so you can be ready to make the most of your time doing what’s important. Career Services provides career assessment and counseling, comprehensive resources and programs, professional networking, career fairs and on-campus interviews. The University Career Services Center also offers professional development training in résumé and cover letter writing, mock interviews, job search techniques, online job posting resources and graduate/professional school application processing.

Professional development for transfer students is just as supportive and career-focused, but

it is located within individual departments. Since transfer students enter SIU at a different level, and most have already declared a major, it helps to work immediately within the department and focus on the necessary next steps. If you are transferring in, please contact your department for times and locations for advising.

The gateway to the Saluki experience. Our

newest addition is the Student Services Building, which houses all of our support services under one roof. From student employment to career services to admissions and financial aid, we’ve concentrated everything in one place so we can build the SIU experience around you. 7

HOUSING ESSENTIALS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Go All In. Living on campus is the best way to stay

connected, energized and focused. It creates a deeper, more immersive educational experience; joining student organizations of any kind has been proven to boost GPAs. Our Living Learning Communities enable you to share your interests with others who are just as passionate.

Housing Policy.

SIU requires all single students under the age of 21 not living with their parents or legal guardians, and with fewer than 26 credit hours earned after high school, to live in on-campus residence halls. We ask that freshmen commuting from home submit a Housing Policy Verification Form, which is available online. The residence halls are located on East Campus (Mae Smith, Neely, Schneider and University Hall) and West Campus (Thompson Point). Each hall comes with all the comforts of home, including furnished rooms, utilities (including air conditioning), wireless Internet and cable television. Students can choose from a variety of building styles and Living Learning Communities.


Living Learning Communities. Get the jump

on a smooth academic and social transition. LLCs, typically focused on certain majors, offer students the chance to live with others who share common interests and to interact with SIU faculty. Proven benefits include higher GPAs on average, more positive campus experiences, and higher graduation rates. To learn more about your LLC options, call 618/453-7535 or visit us online.



The Saluki Anytime Dining Plan is included with the residence hall contract. Students have unlimited access to either dining hall any time they are open. Our dining halls offer home-style cooking, vegan and vegetarian entrées, soup and salad bars, pasta, desserts and items cooked to order. Our Nutrition Team works individually with students to accommodate most dietary needs. Contact us at 618/453-2301 to speak to a registered dietitian. Dining plans are available for commuters and off-campus residents as well.

How to contract for a residence hall.

You can complete your University Housing contract online at with a prepayment. • Students entering SIU in the fall 2017 semester: Contracts are available online beginning Dec. 1, 2016. The earlier you contract, the earlier you can select your room in the summer. • Students entering SIU in the spring or summer 2018 semesters: View more information, including contract dates, online.

Mae Smith, Neely, and Schneider, East Campus 8


Transfer students. Depending

on eligibility, transfer students live in on-campus apartments, traditional residence halls or off campus.

For on-campus housing information, visit our website to take a virtual tour and discover the many features and amenities designed to suit your every need. University Housing apartments are financial aid eligible.

Wall & Grand Apartments. This all-inclusive and conveniently located complex offers furnished apartments, a beautiful courtyard and 24-hour staffing. (Eligibility: SIU sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students of any age, or freshmen age 21 or older.)

Applications. To apply for on-campus


apartments, follow the steps below.

One: Meet eligibility requirements. More information is available online. Two: Apply online early. Contracts are offered based on application date and space availability. Three: If offered a contract, sign and return the contract with prepayment.

Evergreen Terrace Apartments. Enjoy the scenic southwest campus location overlooking Evergreen Park. Students with children will appreciate the popular Unity Point School District and family programs. (Eligibility: Married

Rates. Proposed rates are available online and are subject to SIU Board of Trustees approval.

students, domestic partners, students with children, single graduate students and single undergraduate students age 21 and older.)

Questions? Call 618/453-2301 or visit

University Hall, East Campus

Thompson Point, West Campus 9


We’re here to help. Our commitment

to removing barriers includes making sure that there are no financial issues keeping you from realizing your dreams. That’s why we’ll provide flexible financial aid packages to best meet your needs, and that’s also why we’ll lock in your tuition rate for four consecutive years. COMPLETE THE FAFSA BY DEC. 1 TO RECEIVE PRIORITY CONSIDERATION.

PAVING 2017-2018 COSTS:

These rates will be available online soon.

2016 –2017 COSTS: Tuition and fees (in-state): $13,481 Housing and meals: $10,186 Books and supplies: $1,100 Other living expenses: $2,941 Total: $27,708 FOR ALTERNATIVE TUITION RATES:


RETHINKING YOUR SEMESTER OF ENTRY? Plans change. We get that. If you prefer to switch your semester of entry to a term other than the one for which you’ve been admitted, no problem. Simply inform SIU Undergraduate Admissions before the start of the term for which you originally were admitted. After that term starts, you’ll need to reapply, so make sure you let us know early. For additional details, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 618/536-4405 or email

Financial aid made easy.

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at It’s the first step in exploring your college financing options. Note that online filing begins in October. You’ll need to include SIU’s federal school code, which is 001758. Complete the FAFSA by Dec. 1 to receive priority consideration. Starting in March, the Financial Aid Office will notify students, detailing each student’s package of awards – a combination of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. To learn more, or to check your status, call 618/453-4334 or visit

Installment payment plan. SIU offers an

interest-free monthly payment plan with flexible payment options. You’ll be charged a $30 nonrefundable enrollment fee per semester. To enroll, go to and click on the “My Finances” tab. Remember, you must re-enroll each semester. For more details, including sign-up deadlines, call 618/453-2221 or visit

THE WAY. A REMINDER ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS. Once admitted, students should complete a General Scholarship Application (found at, to be considered for academic scholarships. Be sure to check your email frequently and respond promptly to any offers. You will need to log back into the General Scholarship Application to read more about the scholarship offer and accept the terms and conditions.


Seeing is believing. If you haven’t

done so already, schedule an on-campus visit and see for yourself where the future will lead. There’s no substitute for being here. Visit when SIU is ablaze with fall colors, or when the campus is blooming with the full promise of spring. Walk the winding paths past historic academic halls. Imagine meeting new friends on your way to class. Explore state-of-the-art labs where you someday may engage in hands-on research. Tap into the energy of a top-tier* university with the camaraderie of a small college. Hit the bustling cafés and coffee shops of Carbondale. Hike the unspoiled trails in one of the many nearby state parks. Get a true feel for the big things that soon will be within your reach.

* We were placed among Tier 1 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report 2015 Edition.


WHAT’S NEXT? Log on to with your network ID and complete your enrollment. You’ll be able to view your registration status, check your class schedule and track your financial aid award status online. To speak with a helpful admissions representative, call 618/536-4405.

Don’t forget that you’ll want to contract for housing online as soon as possible. For fall 2017, the process begins Dec. 1, 2016. That way, you can enjoy top priority when selecting your room. For more information, visit



FALL 2017, SPRING 2018, SUMMER 2018 FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS Claim your network ID Contract for housing online Apply for financial aid with FAFSA Sign up for New Student Orientation Register for classes Return the Immunization Compliance Form Submit your final transcript(s)


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