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Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate72%
Acceptance Rate72%

Western Illinois University Admissions

If you want to apply to Western Illinois University, the application fee is $30.

Application fees can add up, but some schools offer free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Western Illinois University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Western Illinois University's admissions stats.

Western Illinois University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15%
Mean SAT Score 992
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 79%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
Waitlist No

Continue reading for more information on Western Illinois University's admissions stats.

Applying Early to Western Illinois University?

These are the early application deadlines for Western Illinois University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Western Illinois University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Western Illinois University?

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Illinois University. Western Illinois University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Western Illinois University accepted 67% of all applicants, around 5,091 of the 7,603 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Western Illinois University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Western Illinois University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Western Illinois University

What does Western Illinois University consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Western Illinois University for more information on admission factors.

Western Illinois University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Western Illinois University must submit the following items. Double check with Western Illinois University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Western Illinois University?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to Western Illinois University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5

Out of all students that were admitted, 63% submitted a class rank. At Western Illinois University 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 40% were in the top 25% and 77% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Western Illinois University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 63%
3.75 and 3.99 15%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 16%
3.00 and 3.24 14%
2.50 and 2.9 16%
2.00 and 2.49 4%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Western Illinois University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Western Illinois University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 79% of Western Illinois University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Western Illinois University?

To be competitive with other Western Illinois University applicants, you should strive to earn between 890 and 1090 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Western Illinois University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1090 and 25% of scored lower than 890, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Western Illinois University student is 992.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Western Illinois University students scored 540 or higher and 75% of students scored 450 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Western Illinois University students scored 550 or higher, and 75% scored a 450 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Western Illinois University?

To be most competitive at Western Illinois University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Western Illinois University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Western Illinois University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

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Transferring to Western Illinois University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Western Illinois University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Western Illinois University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term


Western Illinois University Admissions FAQs


Can I defer my acceptance to Western Illinois University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Western Illinois University.

Does Western Illinois University accept transfer credits?

✅ Western Illinois University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Western Illinois University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Western Illinois University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Western Illinois University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Western Illinois University?

❌ No, Western Illinois University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Western Illinois University's acceptance rate?

✅ Western Illinois University's acceptance rate is 67%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Western Illinois University?

❌ Western Illinois University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Western Illinois University?

❌ Western Illinois University does not offer eary action.

Want To Learn More About Western Illinois University?

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Western Illinois University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

72%

How hard is it to get into Western Illinois University? Western Illinois University is a somewhat selective institution. The Western Illinois University acceptance rate is 72%. This means that the institution accepts 72 out of every 100 applicants.

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Western Illinois University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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Western Illinois University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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Western Illinois University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.45

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Western Illinois University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.45. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

7,455

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

72%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,669

Out-of-State

$13,669

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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