How to Get into Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

This is the go-to guide for getting into Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to SIUE, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown SIUE statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. Here’s what we’re about to cover:

What GPA do you need to get into Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville?

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s average GPA is 3.47. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville does require GPA. This average GPA means Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of SIUE application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.47 to 3.64 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.64 GPA.

*BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on SIUE’s campus. These SIUE admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

What is Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s acceptance rate?

Last year Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s acceptance rate was 88.22. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

2016 2017 2018
Acceptance Rate 89.0 % 90.0 % 88.22 %

As you can see, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is getting more and more difficult to get into. If this trend continue it’s likely that SIUE will be even more competitive by the time you apply.

Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into SIUE - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

Does Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Require Test Scores?

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville SAT Requirements

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s average SAT score is 980 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is getting more or less competitive.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
Math 440 558 499
Reading 458 505 481
2019 Total 898 1063 980
2018 Total - - -
2017 Total - - -

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s average SAT score is 980. To be a competitive applicant for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 898, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1063.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville ACT Requirements

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s average ACT score is 55. To be a competitive applicant for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 58, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 52.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
Math 18 - 18
Reading 20 26 23
Writing 20 26 23
2019 Total 58 52 55
2018 Total - - -
2017 Total - - -

How hard is it to get into Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville?

As you can see from the data above, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is moderately competitive. Not only should you be aiming for a 3.47 but also SAT scores around 980.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Requirements

Now you know where you need to be for getting into Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

Recommendations Status
School Rank Recommended
GPA Required
School Record Required

How to get into SIUE

Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into SIUE. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at SIUE, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

Main Academic Excellence that is in line with SIUE admission standards.

  1. Score at least a 980 on the SAT or 55 on the ACT.
  2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.47.

Join Extracurriculars that Align with SIUE’s Values.

  1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
  2. Volunteer in your hometown. Edwardsville has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Edwardsville area in general.
  3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. SIUE needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

Prepare Your Application

  1. Write a stellar essay that shows Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
  2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your SIUE app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
  3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that SIUE’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.