The campus spreads across 1136-acre land in southern Illinois, also known as ‘Little Egypt’ of the USA. The student recreation centre at SIU is one of the largest in the country with 220,000 square-feet area providing intramurals and fitness activities. Sports facilities include basketball, volleyball, racquetball, handball, tennis, squash courts, weightlifting, martial arts, aerobics, sports activities for the disabled, indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool and many more. Along with this, SIU is renowned for its culturally rich campus life with 400+ registered student organizations home to honor societies, student activity clubs, sports clubs, 11 fraternities, 9 sororities, and others year-round events. There are various on-campus living options available for both undergraduate and graduate students. ‘The Daily Egyptian’ is a multiple award-winning, student-run newspaper, published in the fall and spring semester.