Nestled inside this bustling community is a thriving university that sits on 2,660 acres of woodlands. More than 13,000 students attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to get an education and an experience of a lifetime. Within the university’s grounds is The Gardens at SIUE, a 36-acre property that’s a popular photo and fall colors spot, and SIUE Cougar Lanes, the bowling alley and a favorite hangout for students, faculty and staff alike.