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Colleges / Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University

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

Western Illinois University Student Life

Western Illinois University Student Activities

Interested in Greek life?

Western Illinois University has the Student Government Association. In fact, more students participate in the Student Government Association than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Western Illinois University include Black Student Association, University Union Board, RockyTHON Dance Marathon and Inter Hall Council.

Western Illinois University students' favorite campus events are Family Weekend, Homecoming and Rocky After Dark/First Night.

Western Illinois University Housing

This table offers information on housing at Western Illinois University.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus 51%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing 3,083
Number of Students Living On-Campus 1,979
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus

Western Illinois University offers housing. Students are required to live on campus. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

The majority of Western Illinois University students live on campus. In 2023, 51% of undergrads at Western Illinois University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 49% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Western Illinois University. There are 3,083 spots available in on-campus housing for all 5,394 undergraduates. In the 2022-2023 school year, 1,979 students chose to live on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Western Illinois University offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Western Illinois University Athletics

At Western Illinois University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Western Illinois University:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Is Western Illinois University Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Western Illinois University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Western Illinois University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Western Illinois University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to Western Illinois University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Western Illinois University, take U.S. Highway 67, U.S. Highway 136 to Macomb, IL. If you need to fly, book your flight to General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Illinois you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Western Illinois University's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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Western Illinois University Students

57%

Women

43%

Men

85%

Full Time

15%

Part Time

87%

In State

13%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

59%

21%

12%

3%

2%

2%

1%

0.15%

0.13%

Undergraduate Students

5,394

Graduate Students

2,061

Non-Resident / International Students

117

Western Illinois University Campus Services

Student Services
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Counseling
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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

$12,848

Out-of-State

$12,848

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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