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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WIU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards WIU has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Western Illinois University?
Contact details for WIU are given below.
|Address:||1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455|
How Do I Get Into WIU?
You can apply to WIU online at: wiu.edu/admissions/apply_now/
Admission Requirements for WIU
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into WIU?
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.
Can I Afford Western Illinois University?
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
There are also 1,666 graduate students at the school.
Of the 5,151 full-time undergraduates at WIU, 47% are male and 53% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Illinois University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,093|
|Hispanic or Latino||673|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at WIU has changed over the last few years.
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|
|Business, Management & Marketing||2%|
|Communication & Media Studies||2%|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||9%|
|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|
|Teaching English or French||#37|
|Instructional Media Design||#86|
|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|
|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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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