Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a public research university located in Carbondale, Illinois. It is home to over 13,000 undergraduates, and a campus surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. Students can get involved in different on-campus clubs, write for the award-winning The Daily Egyptian as well as benefit from its fantastic library resources. It has an incredible Student Center, with a state-of-the-art bowling and billiards facility (including glow-in-the-dark flooring!). Nothing beats sunsets at the Campus Lake; also the venue for the annual cardboard boat regatta. Notable SIU alumni include model Jenny McCarthy and actress & comedian Melissa McCarthy. SIU, with its natural beauty and great student events, is a wonderful place to socialize or just be.