Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a public university in Edwardsville, Illinois, located just 25 miles from the city of St. Louis. SIUE was first established as a branch of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the 1950s. Today, the school is located on a 2,660 acre campus, one of the largest in the nation and complete with a number of lakes on campus. There are over 14,000 students enrolled at SIUE at any given time. SIUE has a strong reputation for accomodating veterans and active military personnel and attracts many military-minded students.
The university maintains branch campuses in East St. Louis and Alton as well as several community outreach programs and charter schools in St. Louis. The SIUE East St. Louis Center offers comprehensive training, programs, and service to over 6,000 people a year in the fulfillment of their mission to improve the lives of families and individuals in East St. Louis and surrounding urban communities.