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Western Illinois University Overview

Western Illinois University is a public institution situated in Macomb, Illinois. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Macomb draws many to the area.

What Is Western Illinois University Known For?

1,785 Undergraduate Awards
$19,252 Avg Cost After Aid
60% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at WIU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 90% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, WIU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $43,200 a year. That's about 6% more than their peers at other schools.

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Western Illinois University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

WIU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#122 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#319 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WIU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Zoology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best General Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WIU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#6 Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#8 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#13 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#15 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#35 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual

Where Is Western Illinois University?

Location of Western Illinois University

Contact details for WIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-295-1414
Website: www.wiu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wiu.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WIUNews

How Do I Get Into WIU?

You can apply to WIU online at: wiu.edu/admissions/apply_now/

Admission Requirements for WIU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WIU?

60% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at WIU is 60%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 58%, and the acceptance rate for women is 61%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to WIU submitted their SAT scores.WIU received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 17 to 23 )
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ACT Math Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 17 to 23 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 18 to 23 )
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36

Can I Afford Western Illinois University?

$19,252 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
9.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WIU is $19,252. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WIU, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $7,077 a year. That adds up to $28,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WIU is 9.5%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Western Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,151 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,958 undergraduate students at WIU, with 5,151 being full-time and 807 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WIU

There are also 1,666 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,151 full-time undergraduates at WIU, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WIU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Illinois University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WIU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 63
Black or African American 1,093
Hispanic or Latino 673
White 3,012
International Students 57
Other Races/Ethnicities 253

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Western Illinois University. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 68 countries are represented at WIU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Western Illinois University

959 Took All Classes Online
3,454 Took At Least One Class Online
8.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 14 bachelor’s degree and 8 master’s degree programs available online at WIU. In 2017-2018, 3,454 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WIU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 11th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Illinois University was 8.2%. This is the #1,443 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WIU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WIU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Anthropology 40%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Communication & Media Studies 2%
General Education 67%
Interdisciplinary Studies 50%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 9%
Music 5%
Special Education 19%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WIU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WIU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Anthropology #11
Teaching English or French #37
Instructional Media Design #86
Social Sciences #121
Teacher Education Grade Specific #167
Criminal Justice & Corrections #237
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #269
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #282
Liberal Arts General Studies #282
Nursing #319
Education #405
Business Administration & Management #491

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Western Illinois University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 341 4 25 0 370
Liberal Arts General Studies 174 0 4 0 178
Business Administration & Management 83 2 42 0 127
General Agriculture 109 0 0 0 109
Computer Information Systems 35 0 66 0 101
Health & Physical Education 45 0 52 0 97
General Biology 63 0 25 0 88
General Psychology 73 0 15 0 88
Recreation Administration 56 1 14 0 71
Accounting 50 0 19 0 69
Communication & Media Studies 62 0 0 0 62
Teacher Education Grade Specific 35 0 27 0 62
Educational Administration 0 0 34 19 53
Social Work 50 0 0 0 50
Student Counseling 0 0 48 0 48
Teacher Education Subject Specific 10 2 30 0 42
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 37 0 3 0 40
Music 26 2 9 0 37
General Engineering Technology 35 0 0 0 35
General English Literature 20 0 14 0 34
Chemistry 20 0 12 0 32
Communication Sciences 11 0 20 0 31
Marketing 29 0 0 0 29
Fire Protection 29 0 0 0 29
Political Science & Government 22 0 7 0 29
Construction Management 27 0 0 0 27
Nursing 27 0 0 0 27
History 18 0 6 0 24
Finance & Financial Management 23 0 0 0 23
Sociology 17 0 6 0 23
Instructional Media Design 0 2 20 0 22
Special Education 14 0 7 0 21
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 21 0 0 0 21
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 20 0 20
Health & Medical Administrative Services 20 0 0 0 20
Fine & Studio Arts 20 0 0 0 20
Museum Studies 0 0 19 0 19
Human Resource Management 18 0 0 0 18
Economics 3 0 14 0 17
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 16 0 0 16
Allied Health Professions 14 0 0 0 14
Mathematics 6 0 8 0 14
Physics 3 0 11 0 14
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 12 0 0 0 12
Computer Systems Networking 11 0 0 0 11
Journalism 9 0 0 0 9
Other Homeland Security 9 0 0 0 9
Geography & Cartography 3 2 4 0 9
Hospitality Management 8 0 0 0 8
General Engineering 8 0 0 0 8
Statistics 0 0 8 0 8
Geological & Earth Sciences 8 0 0 0 8
Drama & Theater Arts 6 0 2 0 8
Education Philosophy 0 0 7 0 7
Public Health 7 0 0 0 7
Mechanical Engineering 6 0 0 0 6
Other Visual Art 6 0 0 0 6
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5 0 0 0 5
Multilingual Education 5 0 0 0 5
General Family & Consumer Sciences 5 0 0 0 5
Philosophy 5 0 0 0 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 5 0 5
Anthropology 5 0 0 0 5
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 1 4 0 5
Graphic Communications 4 0 0 0 4
Teaching English or French 0 4 0 0 4
Interdisciplinary Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Business/Managerial Economics 3 0 0 0 3
Information Technology 3 0 0 0 3
General Education 0 0 3 0 3
Zoology 0 2 0 0 2
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 2 0 0 0 2
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 2 0 0 0 2
Ethnic Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 1 0 0 0 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,785 38 610 19 2,452

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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