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SIUC made the Forbes' America's Best Employers by State list

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale is the flagship institution in the public Southern Illinois system. SIU was founded in 1869 as a teacher’s college and the school’s roots still stand, with 10% of students majoring in education. The area surrounding SIU campus is bucolic, with two state parks and four recreational lakes within 10 miles of campus. Home to 23 research centers and institutes, SIU received $69 million in external research funding last year. SIU has recently recognized a pair of noteworthy alumni in

 the performing arts, as actress Melissa McCarthy and actor Bob Odenkirk both received honorary doctorates from the university since 2019.