Western Illinois University

2014 Quick Stats
1 University Circle

Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 295-1414
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 15
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#48 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Western Illinois University is a public institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,263, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 48. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,929 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,125 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Western Illinois University empowers students, faculty, and staff to lead dynamic and diverse communities. We provide student-centered undergraduate and graduate programs characterized by innovative teaching, research, and service, grounded in interdisciplinary, regional and global perspectives. We engage our students in educational opportunities guided by a professional and diverse faculty and staff in collaboration with alumni and community partners.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $28,422,724


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 62.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.8%
Application deadline May 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Western Illinois University is 15:1, and the school has 46.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Western Illinois University include: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Business Administration and Management, General; General Studies; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 31%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 16%
Business Administration and Management, General 14%
General Studies 12%
Elementary Education and Teaching 8%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 6%

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Student Life

Western Illinois University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,263, with a gender distribution of 51.7 percent male students and 48.3 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. Western Illinois University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,205
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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, student patrols, 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

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Paying for School

At Western Illinois University, 70.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,737.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,929 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,125 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,195 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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