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Western Illinois University is a public institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,520, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,050 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Western Illinois University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 49. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,549 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,373 (2012-13).
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Western Illinois University offers a caring, supportive learning environment with the advantages of a large public university - strong faculty, state of the art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities - in an atmosphere free from distractions. Western provides a low student-to-full-time faculty ratio (16:1) and an average class size of 22 students. Western ensures that education is affordable and attainable through its guarantee programs. Western's Cost Guarantee locks in the cost of tuition, room, board and fees for four years. Our GradTrac program guarantees students graduate in four years or less in most academic programs.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Western Illinois University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 15. The application fee at Western Illinois University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||65.6%|
|Application deadline||May 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||May 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Western Illinois University is 16:1, and the school has 42.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Western Illinois University include: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; General Studies; Elementary Education and Teaching; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.0 percent.
Western Illinois University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,520, with a gender distribution of 52.3 percent male students and 47.7 percent female students. At this school, 44.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56.0 percent of students live off campus. Western Illinois University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Western Illinois University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Western Illinois University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Western Illinois University, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Western Illinois University.
|Students who have cars on campus||60%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Western Illinois University, 69.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,780.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$10,549 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$14,373 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,460 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data