Scholarship Interview Weekend

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Welcome 2018 finalists, and congratulations! We look forward to welcoming you and your family to campus for our Chancellor’s and University Excellence Scholarship Interview Weekend February 2 and 3, 2018.  Our goal is to get to know you and provide you with plenty of opportunities for you to get to know us.

To confirm your participation and receive an interview time, your next step is to complete the Scholarship Weekend RSVP.  Please refer back to your original finalist email notification to connect to the weekend RSVP link.  Your Scholarship Weekend RSVP must be completed by Sunday, January 7, 2018.   Below you will find detailed information about the event in order to help you complete your RSVP and better plan your trip to Carbondale.


Your interview will be held on either Friday afternoon, February 2 or Saturday, February 3.  The interview is the only requirement you must attend throughout the weekend events.  All other activities are optional, but strongly encouraged. 

  • Your official interview time will be emailed two weeks prior to interview weekend to the email account you have provided to us in your application.  Please be sure to check your account for this important information. 

You do not need to bring any additional resources or documentation with you to the interview, which will focus on your past experiences, aspirations and other topics.  We recommend 'business casual' attire for your interview.  However, you may want to bring walking shoes for other activities throughout the day.    

Event Activities

In addition to your interview, you will be able to tour our campus and residence halls, attend a unique event with your college of interest called 'Connect With Your College' on Friday, sit in on a classroom experience, and learn more about our University Honors program, Chancellor’s Scholars Program, student life, undergraduate research and much more.  You’ll also have the opportunity to meet SIU faculty, deans and current scholars.


Parent and Student Receptions

For our Friday arrivals, we will be providing both a parent and student reception at the SIU Student Center.  These are social events that will allow parents to dicuss important topics about SIU, making sure you feel safe and confident in sending your child to our campus, and the students to participate in fun activities, relax and unwind while engaging with other SIU students and scholars.  Dinner will be provided to you and your guests at both events.  Again, these events are optional, but please be sure to RSVP if you are interested in attending.

Connect With Your College

Each of our eight colleges will be providing a unique showcase for our applicants called "Connect With Your College' on Friday afternoon.  At the showcase students will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with our current faculty, staff and students within their college or planned major, visit research labs and classrooms, and experience their college from a unique high-achieving perspective, allowing you to explore all we have to offer our students.

On Campus Overnight Guests

Students who arrive on campus Friday have the option of staying overnight on campus in a residence hall to learn first-hand about on-campus living, but space may be limited. If you are interested in staying overnight in a residence hall, please indicate in your RSVP and submit the following form to the Academic Scholarship Office by January 15. The Assumption of Risk Form must be received to confirm your reservation. 

When you arrive Friday afternoon/evening you may check your luggage in at the holding area located in the International lounge, located on the second floor of the SIU Student Center.  Once the event ends at 8 p.m., please return back to the luggage area to pick up your luggage and be matched with your overnight host.  A mattress, sheets, blanket, pillow, wash cloth and towel will be provided in your room when you arrive Friday night.  You are, of course, welcome to bring any additional bedding items you wish to bring with you.  Additional programming will be available at the residence halls that evening from 9-10 p.m. for those overnight guests who wish to participate in them.

Parents of overnight guests – if you need to reach our housing facilities that evening, our overnight housing phone number can be found on the back of the weekend brochure for your convenience.


Insight Sessions

Interested in hearing from current students?  Would you like to learn more about student life or what it's like to be a Chancellor's Scholar?  Our insight sessions on Saturday will provide you that opportunity.

Campus Expo

Learn more about our campus services at SIU and get acquainted with your college of choice.  You'll also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from some of our more than 275 registered student organizations.

Research Exhibit

See first-hand what our students are experiencing and accomplishing through undergraduate research.  Opportunities can start as early as your freshmen year.

Interactive Classroom

Sit in on a classroom experience with a spin!  The classroom opportunity will provide our finalist with a taste of what it's like to be an SIU student.  Sessions are fun, interactive, will spark your curiosity on the topics, and leave you wanting to know more.

SIU Basketball

Catch the action of the SIU Salukis on Saturday night.  Our SIU men's basketball team will host the Valparaiso Crusaders at 7 p.m. at the SIU Arena.  As a finalist, you and 3 guests will be provided with game tickets.  Those interested in attending may pick up a voucher for tickets at the registration table on Friday or Saturday.  You may also purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate of $10 per ticket at the SIU Arena Ticket Office when you turn in your voucher.



We have included a link to the final Scholarship Weekend Brochure below.  All events, activities and on-your-own opportunities are optional, but we encourage you to participate in as many as possible so you get to know SIU and everything we have to offer.  Families and guests are welcome to participate in all activities except the scholarship interview.  Locations not listed will be available when you check in on-site.                                            

2018 Scholarship Weekend Brochure (pdf)

Hotel Information

Those planning to stay in the Carbondale area overnight may also take advantage of the room blocks we have available for our guests.  Please click below for a list of local hotel accommodations available scholarship interview weekend.

We look forward to seeing you on campus February 2 and 3, 2018!  If at any point you have questions, please feel free to call the Scholarship Office at (618)453-4628.