In addition to John A. Logan College, (pictured on the right) there are three other community colleges within a 40-mile radius of the county, including Rend Lake College to the north, Southeastern Illinois College to the east and Shawnee Community College to the south. Fifteen miles to the west is the main campus of Southern Illinois University, the state's second largest university and one of the top 100 research institutions in the world. Annually some 23,000 students from Williamson County, Illinois and nearly all the other states converge on the Carbondale campus to pursue their dreams. They join representatives from a host of foreign nations, since SIUC is one of the premier destinations for both undergraduate and graduate international students.Shawnee Community College SIUC Pulliam Tower Both the Association of American Colleges and U. S. News and World Report rank the SIU School of Medicine among the nation's elite in training primary care physicians. The university also enjoys the highest classification offered by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, something that less than 4% of the nation's 4-year colleges and universities can claim. Click on Southern Illinois University for more information.