Western Illinois University

1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

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Main telephone 309-298-1414
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Public or private Public
Type of school University
Date founded 1899
Degrees offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, Other advanced degrees
School accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Setting Small town-rural area (not within commuting distance of a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Quad Cities; Peoria, IL; Springfield, IL
Campus size 1050 acres
County McDonough
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Number of full time, freshmen men 438
Number of full time, freshmen women 485
Total number of full time freshmen 923
Number of part time, freshmen men 3
Number of part time, freshmen women 8
Total number of part time freshmen 11
Total number of freshmen men 441
Total number of freshmen women 493
Total number of freshmen 934
Number of full time, undergraduate men 2,849
Number of full time, undergraduate women 3,100
Total number of full time undergraduates 5,949
Number of part time, undergraduate men 413
Number of part time, undergraduate women 392
Total number of part time undergraduates 805
Total number of undergraduate males 3,262
Total number of undergraduate females 3,492
Total number of undergraduate students 6,754
Number of male graduate students 633
Number of female graduate students 1,003
Total number of graduate students 1,636
Total number of male undergraduate and graduate students 3,895
Total number of female undergraduate and graduate students 4,495
Total enrollment 8,390
American Indian/Alaskan Native Less than 1%
Asian 1%
Black 21%
Hispanic 12%
White 59%
Race/ethnicity unknown 1%
These figures reflect responses of people who chose to indicate their racial-ethnic background. All categories except Hispanic represent non-Hispanic students. International students are not included in these figures so they may not add up to 100 percent.
Percentage of students from out of state 11%
Number of states and territories represented 43
Percentage of students from outside the US 1%
Number of countries represented 61
Percentage of students 25 or older 15%
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Tuition year 2020-2021
Full time costs are based on x units per year 30 credits
In-state tuition $8,883
Out-of-state tuition $8,883
Fees $4,392
Books and supplies $1,200
Room and board (live on campus)* $9,800
Board and transportation (live with parents) $4,125
* Room and board costs may vary by housing facility and number of meals in meal plan
Campus/location Yes
Class load (number of credits taken) Yes
Student level (e.g., freshman, sophomore) Yes
Installment plan (you can pay tuition in several payments over the course of the term) Yes
Tuition guarantee (you aren't affected by tuition increases; the tuition you pay your first year is the amount you pay all years) Yes
School employees and their children Yes
Undergraduate costs are for ... (Costs are for the 2020-2021 academic year. Full-time costs are based on 30 credits per year.)
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Submit these forms FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Application deadline (for fall term) February 15
School year financial aid data is from 2019-2020
Average financial aid package awarded to freshmen $15,777
For freshmen, percentage of need* met by aid package 76%
Average amount of financial aid awarded to freshmen
Loan $3,247
Scholarship or grant $13,984
Average financial aid package awarded to undergraduates (including freshmen) $13,378
For all undergraduates, percentage of need* met by aid package 66%
Average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduates
Loan $4,302
Scholarship or grant $10,481
Work study $2,240
* "Need" as defined for financial aid results from a formula based on a student's situation. The formula considers family and student income, family size, unusual expenses, and the school's costs.
Number of freshmen who applied for aid 822
Number of freshmen who received aid 685
Number of undergraduates who applied for aid 4,531
Number of undergraduates who received aid 3,871
Percentage of students who took out loans to pay for school 86%
Average student loan debt for last graduating class $30,522
Federal PLUS loans (for parents) Yes
Federal Stafford loans (subsidized) Yes
Federal Stafford loans (unsubsidized) Yes
Institution loans (from the school) Yes
Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants Yes
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Yes
Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants Yes
State-sponsored scholarships and grants Yes
Merit-based scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships in academics Yes
School-sponsored scholarships in art Yes
School-sponsored scholarships in special achievements Yes
School-sponsored scholarships for special characteristics Yes
Student employment
Work study Yes
Non-proprietary financial aid data are from ... (Financial aid data are for the 2019-2020 academic year.)
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Admissions contact e-mail Email
Admissions phone (local) 877-742-5948
Electronic application website wiu.edu/admissions/apply_now/
For incoming students Moderately difficult (about 85% of all applicants accepted)
Number of male applicants 3,878
Number of male applicants accepted 2,223
Number of male applicants who enrolled 441
Number of female applicants 5,273
Number of female applicants accepted 3,156
Number of female applicants who enrolled 493
Total number of applicants 9,151
Total number of applicants accepted 5,379
Total number of applicants who enrolled 934
High school education High school diploma required and GED accepted.
Fall* application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall admission applicants Continuous
Fall transfer application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall transfer applicants Continuous
* Application dates for winter, spring, or summer term admission are likely to be different.
Online application available wiu.edu/admissions/apply_now/
Application fee $30
Submit these items:
High school GPA (minimum) 2.5
High school GPA Required for all students
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students
Required exams SAT or ACT
High school GPA Very important
Difficulty of high school courses Considered
Standardized test scores Very important
High school class rank Not considered
Recommendations Not considered
Application essay Not considered
Character/personal qualities Not considered
Interview Not considered
Talent or ability Not considered
Extracurricular activities Not considered
Level of applicant's interest Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment Not considered
Work experience Not considered
Related to a school graduate Not considered
First generation college student Not considered
Racial/ethnic group Not considered
Accepted students can defer admission for a period of time Yes
American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations Yes
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) general Yes
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject Yes
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Yes
Age limit on courses to be transferred No limit
SAT evidence-based reading and writing
400 - 499 38%
500 - 599 46%
600 - 699 13%
700 - 800 2%
Average SAT evidence-based reading and writing score 510
SAT math
400 - 499 41%
500 - 599 44%
600 - 699 10%
700 - 800 2%
Average SAT math score 500
ACT score
12 - 17 17%
18 - 23 59%
24 - 29 18%
30 - 36 7%
Average ACT score 21
Average GPA (on 4.0 scale) 3.31
Percentage in top 50% of their high school class 69%
Percentage in top 25% 32%
Percentage in top 10% 11%
Percentage of freshmen who returned for their sophomore year 65%
Percentage of full-time students who complete their bachelor's degree:
In four years or less 28%
Between four and five years 15%
Between five and six years 2%
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Bachelor's Yes
Master's Yes
Doctorate Yes
Other advanced degrees Yes
Academic calendar Semesters
Number of faculty on campus 587
Student faculty ratio 14:1
Required number of credits for a bachelor's degree 120 credit hours
All students must meet:
Core curriculum or school-wide requirements Yes
Foreign language requirement Yes
Internship requirement Depends on major
Math or science requirement Yes
Evenings Yes
On-line/distance learning Yes
Part time Yes
Summer school Yes
Weekends Yes
Double major Yes
Freshman honors college Yes
Graduate courses open to undergraduates Yes
Honors program Yes
Student-designed major Yes
3-2 degree programs (three-year bachelor's degree and two-year master's degree) are available Yes
Engineering Master's at University of Iowa, University of Illinois
Other Arts and sciences/clinical laboratory science; general studies/chiropractic with Palmer College of Chiropractic
Domestic exchange available Yes
At these US schools or through this program Black Hawk Community College, Scott Community College, Clinton Community College, Muscatine Community College
Study abroad available Yes
Army ROTC Yes
Advanced Placement Yes
External degree program (earn credits through options that require little or no classroom attendance) Yes
Independent study Yes
Internships Yes
Computers on campus for student use Yes (632)
Computer lab available to students Yes
Computer network can be accessed from dorm rooms Yes
Computer network can be accessed from off campus Yes
Online registration for classes Yes
Main library name Leslie Malpass Library
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National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Yes
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Choral groups Yes
Drama or theater groups Yes
Marching band Yes
Newspaper Yes
Radio station Yes
TV station Yes
National or local fraternities Yes
National or local sororities Yes
Number of student clubs and associations with open membership 274
Largest clubs and organizations on campus Student Government Association, Black Student Association, University Union Board, Western's All Volunteer Effort (WAVE), Inter Hall Council
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Percentage of students who live on campus 42%
School owns or operates housing Yes
Highest year that students are required to live on campus Sophomore
Housing availability for first year students Guaranteed
Housing options Co-ed, men only, women only
Housing is available for students with disabilities Yes
Dorms require a key or code to enter Yes
School owns or operates housing for Married graduate students, single graduate students
Housing availability for single graduate students First come, first served
Housing availability for married graduate students First come, first served
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English as a Second Language (ESL) program Yes
Remedial education courses Yes
Health clinic Yes
Legal services Yes
Low-cost health insurance Yes
Psychological counseling Yes
Orientation Yes
Housing Yes
Services for students with learning disabilities Yes
Women's center Yes
24-hour emergency phone and alarms on campus Yes
Campus patrolled by trained security personnel Yes
Late night transport service Yes
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Was counseled by the career services office 63%
Alumni networking and mentoring Yes
Career counseling Yes
Career interest testing Yes
Career library Yes
Job bank Yes
Job fairs Yes
Job interviews Yes
Job interview preparation Yes
On campus recruitment by employers Yes
Placement assistance Yes
Résumé preparation assistance Yes
Résumé referral to employers Yes
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Grad admissions contact person Mark Mossman
Grad admissions contact title Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Studies
Grad admissions contact e-mail address Email
Grad admissions contact phone (local) 877-742-5948
Number of full time, male graduate students 320
Number of full time, female graduate students 384
Total number of full time graduate students 704
Number of part time, male graduate students 313
Number of part time, female graduate students 619
Total number of part time graduate students 932
Total number of male graduate students 633
Total number of female graduate students 1,003
Total number of graduate students 1,636
Number of undergraduate men 3,262
Number of undergraduate women 3,492
Total number of undergraduate students 6,754
Total number of male undergraduate and graduate students 3,895
Total number of female undergraduate and graduate students 4,495
Total enrollment 8,390
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security. If you have questions or concerns about the information displaying please contact Illinois Career Information System.