Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, (commonly abbreviated SIUE or The "e"), is a four-year, coeducational, public university in Edwardsville, Illinois, United States about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. SIUE was established in 1957 as an extension of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is the younger and smaller of the two major institutions of Southern Illinois University system. The University offers graduate programs through its Graduate School.
In fiscal year 2011, SIUE faculty and staff received more than $34 million in grants and contracts for research, teaching and service initiatives--- which ranked 6th among the 53 comparable public and private universities. "A significant portion" of these funds was for work done through the East St. Louis Center. Otherwise, over $6 million was awarded for 115 research grants from agencies that included the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Fielding athletic teams known as the SIU Edwardsville Cougars, the university participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level as a member of Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).
The majority of SIUE's students are from Illinois, with out-of-state and foreign students accounting for 9.68% of enrollment. The university offers numerous extracurricular activities to its students, including athletics, honor societies, student clubs and organizations, as well as fraternities and sororities. The university has an alumni base close to 90,000. Alumni and former students have gone on to prominent careers in government, business, science, medicine, education, sports, and entertainment.
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