Western Illinois University, founded in 1899, is a public, multipurpose university. It is the first state university in Illinois to offer single rooms as a predominant lifestyle. It also offers a unique Bachelor of Arts degree program designed to provide adult students with an opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in a manner compatible with their educational needs and lifestyles. Its 1,050-acre campus is located in Macomb, 70 miles west of Peoria.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
6,754
Undergraduates
3,263
Men - 48.3%
3,492
Women - 51.7%
1,748
Graduates
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
59% of 9,151 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.31
SAT Math
500 average
460-550 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
510 average
470-560 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
21 average
18-23 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$25,168
Tuition and Fees
$11,666
Room and Board
$9,800
Average Percent of Need Met
66%
Average Freshman Award
$15,777
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$30,522
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
527
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
18%
10-19
32%
20-29
32%
30-39
11%
40-49
5%
50-99
3%
Over 100
0%
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Quad Cities; Peoria, IL; Springfield, IL Population
19,265
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Quad Cities; Peoria, IL; Springfield, IL
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
42% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Fighting Leathernecks/Westerwinds
Sororities
15% of women participate
Fraternities
19% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
1.1%
Black/African-American
21.4%
Hispanic/Latino
12.7%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0%
White
59.8%
Unknown
1.8%
International Students
1.2% from 61 countries
First-Year Students Returning
65.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
28.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported