As newcomers to the area, I didn't know much about Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, but I have been totally impressed. My sister-in-law attends there - as a sophomore, she has already had a fantastic experience. Her instructors are top-notch, as are all the facilities. It is a fairly medium-sized institution, which she appreciates because there is always a familiar face around, but she also has the opportunity to always meet someone new. If looking into undergraduate or graduate coursework, don't pass SIUE up!