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SIUE ranked most affordable in Illinois by online publisher ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the most affordable four-year college in Illinois, among 69 institutions.

“The more important aspect is the high quality education provided by SIUE for the investment,” said Scott Belobrajdic, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. “More families and employers are understanding that all of our schools, and the College of Arts and Sciences, have the same exact national and international accreditations as private institutions charging $40-50,000 annually in tuition and fees. When they compare our accreditation, tuition and fees (approximately $10,700 annually), residential campus experience and starting salaries head-to-head, SIUE is an extremely attractive option.”

Belobrajdic pointed out that credit hours delivered online at SIUE are growing: 10 percent of all credit hours for fall 2016 are being delivered online compared to 8 percent for fall 2015. “Winter session online offerings, initially offered two years ago during the December-January holiday break, continue to grow and increase in popularity,” Belobrajdic said. “The entirely online accelerated RN to BS option (for students who have completed the requirements for an associate degree in nursing and wish to pursue a bachelor’s) for School of Nursing students has been highly popular and continues to grow.” publishes information regarding top online colleges and degree programs.

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Engineering school also gets high ranking

Separately, Structure Magazine, a national publication for structural engineers, has ranked the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering’s civil engineering structural program among the top 16 percent in the nation in its latest curriculum survey of more than 250 engineering schools.

The survey indicates that SIUE’s program is the only in Illinois to offer all 12 courses comprising the structural engineering core curriculum, which include both undergraduate and graduate offerings.

“We are extremely proud of our strong structural engineering curriculum,” said Brad Cross, P.E., S.E., PhD, chair and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. “The survey indicated that even programs much larger than ours, such as the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and Northwestern University, do not offer all 12 recommended courses for structural engineers.”

This recognition is demonstrative of the School’s commitment to providing an outstanding, comprehensive engineering education that meets the needs of those seeking structural engineering licensing in the State of Illinois.

Complete results from the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Structural Engineering Curriculum Survey can be found in the publication’s September 2016 issue, available on

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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