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Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate67%
Acceptance Rate67%

About Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University Overview

Western Illinois University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Macomb, Illinois. Western Illinois University was founded in 1899 and now enrolls around 7,490 students a year, including 5,854 undergrads. Western Illinois University provides on-campus housing for up to 3,165 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Western Illinois University! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Western Illinois University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Western Illinois University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Western Illinois University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Western Illinois University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Western Illinois University on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Western Illinois University on the Student Life page.

2021 Western Illinois University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 67%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 79%
In-State Tuition $8,883
Out-of-State $8,883
Percent of Need Met 70.4%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $17,660

Is Western Illinois University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at to get a better idea of what Western Illinois University offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Western Illinois University

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Illinois University. The acceptance rate at Western Illinois University is 67%. Last year, 7,603 students applied to Western Illinois University and 5,091 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Illinois University

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 77% of students who start at Western Illinois University return the next year.Western Illinois University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 46%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Western Illinois University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Western Illinois University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Western Illinois University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $63.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Western Illinois University spends about $11,480 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Western Illinois University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Western Illinois University meets 70.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,660 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $28,544 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Western Illinois University. Based on this information, how does Western Illinois University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Western Illinois University a good school for you?

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Where is Western Illinois University Located?

Western Illinois University is located in the small town setting of Macomb, Illinois, less than an hour from Quad Cities; Peoria ; Springfield.

If you want to see Western Illinois University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 67, U.S. Highway 136 to Macomb, or book a flight to the nearest airport, General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Western Illinois University and Macomb are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1 University Circle Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Campus Setting: Small Town

Western Illinois University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Western Illinois University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Western Illinois University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Western Illinois University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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24 and Above


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18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Western Illinois University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into Western Illinois University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Western Illinois University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

890 - 1090


Math SAT Range

430 - 540


Reading SAT Range

450 - 550

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1090 and Above


890 to 1090


890 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Western Illinois University students is 992. Applicants with SAT scores of 1090 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Western Illinois University, while applicants with SAT scores between 890 to 1090 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 890 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Western Illinois University.

Western Illinois University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Western Illinois University is like? There are approximately 7,490 students enrolled at Western Illinois University, including 5,854 undergraduate students and 1,636 graduate students. 85% percent of students attend school full-time, 88% percent are from IL and 12% percent of students are from other states.


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