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Returning students, welcome back!

Pick up where you left off, or come back for a second bachelor's degree. SIU is recognized for diversity, friendliness, and accessibility as well as for research and intellectual achievement.  

Students who remain in good academic standing may interrupt their studies for up to two years and still be considered a continuing student eligible to register for classes without a need for readmission. 

If you have previously attended SIU, we have your original records and your SIU work on file. If you have attended other institutions since your previous enrollment, you must send an official transcript from each college you have attended since leaving SIU.

Former students who last attended SIU more than two years ago will need to apply to SIU in addition to sending an official transcript from each college attended since leaving SIU.

We will re-admit you if you left SIU in good standing with a C average and if you have an overall C average (2.0 on a 4.0=A scale), by our calculation, for any work attempted since leaving SIU. Re-entry students may not automatically qualify for direct entry into a program that requires additional materials and/or screening.

Please send college transcripts to:
Transfer Student Services
MC 4725
1263 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Former SIU students who left the University with less than a C average may be eligible for the Academic Renewal Program. Program eligibility requirements and academic regulations are all included on the Academic Renewal Program Application. Please note that it is not an application for admission. You must first apply for readmission to the University by submitting an Application for Admission. If you choose to apply for the Academic Renewal Program, that application should be submitted soon after the readmission decision is granted. Applications to the Academic Renewal Program will not be considered if submitted after the first term of attendance as a re-entry student.
If you are returning to college, but are new to SIU, whether for a second bachelor's degree or to finish where you left off, here’s where you can apply online. You can also explore non-traditional student housing options or on-campus employment.

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Project 90

Project 90 is for Salukis who have completed at least 90 credit hours at SIU – about three years of college – but did not finish their degrees. The program allows students to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in University Studies completely online. Interested in a different online degree? Check out our other online programs.


New to SIU and Applying as a Freshman

If you have graduated or will graduate from high school or equivalent, but have not completed college coursework after high school, you should apply as a freshman.

New to SIU and Applying as a Transfer Student

Do you have 12 transferable semester hours and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by SIU grading policies)? You could be eligible to be admitted as a transfer student.