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Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL
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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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 8,543
   Women 4,352 (50.9%)
   Men 4,191 (49.1%)
Graduate Students 1,830
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 59% of 10,191 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.20
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 21 average
18-23 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay       X
Extracurricular Activities       X
Cost of Attendance In-state: $24,262
Out-of-state: $28,532
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $11,245
Out-of-state: $15,515
  Room and Board $9,580
Average Percent of Need Met 63%
Average Freshman Award $12,676
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 632
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 35% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Macomb Population 19,265
Nearest Metropolitan Area Quad Cities; Peoria, IL; Springfield, IL
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 92% of freshmen, 44% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Fighting Leathernecks/Westerwinds
Sororities 14% of women participate
Fraternities 14% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.9% Asian
21.1% Black/African-American
11.8% Hispanic/Latino
2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
61.1% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students 1.7% from 63 countries
First-Year Students Returning 69.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 30.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 61%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 24.0%