Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) is a liberal arts and sciences institution that was established in 1957 as an extension of the SIU Carbondale campus. As well as the Edwardsville site, SIUE has a dental school in Alton and the East St. Louis Centre, a community programme dedicated towards improving the lives and education opportunities of young people in the Metro East region.
Academic study at SIUE is divided between the College of Arts & Sciences and six specialist schools. The School of Engineering offers a wide academic portfolio for students, and has produced thousands of engineering graduates over the years.
The department of Theatre and Dance provides 50 majors across five separate specialisms covering all areas behind and on stage. Each year the department showcases four theatre shows and a dance concert, within either the Main Theatre or Metcalfe Theatre, a 150 seater black box facility. In conjunction with the Department of Anthropology, the department also offers a study abroad programme in Suriname.
The university is classified as a master’s college, offering over 50 programmes as an MS or MA. Courses range from chemistry to music, and graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Apple, Intel, and Morgan Stanley.
Athletics teams at SIUE are known as the Cougars, and compete in the NCAA Division I. In total there are fourteen sports programmes, with basketball, cross country, soccer, and track and field offered to both men and women. Opened in 1994, the Korte Stadium hosts soccer games at SIUE, and has a capacity of 4,000 spectators.
Some notable alumni of SIUE are congressman William Enyart, comedian Kathleen Madigan, Pulitzer winning journalist Paige St. John, Jeff McTweedy of the band Wilco, and civil rights figure Thelma Mothershed-Wair.