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Western Illinois University Student Life

Western Illinois University is on a 1,050-acre campus in a small town setting in Macomb, Illinois, not far from Quad Cities; Peoria ; Springfield. There are many activities and organizations for Western Illinois University students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Western Illinois University also has fraternities and sororities.

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

Other popular student organizations at Western Illinois University include Black Student Association, University Union Board, Western's All Volunteer Effort (WAVE) and Inter Hall Council.

The Western Illinois University community comes together each year for Family Weekend, Homecoming and Rocky After Dark/First Night.

Does Western Illinois University offer student housing?

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

The majority of Western Illinois University students live on campus. In 2021, 72% of undergrads at Western Illinois University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 28% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Western Illinois University. There are 3,165 spots available in on-campus housing for all 5,854 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 2,49 students chose to live in campus housing. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

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

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. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

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 to 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

Western Illinois University Students

55%

Women

45%

Men

85%

Full Time

15%

Part Time

88%

In State

12%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

58%

22%

13%

3%

2%

1%

1%

0.22%

0.10%

Undergraduate Students

5,854

Graduate Students

1,636

Non-Resident / International Students

59

Western Illinois University Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 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
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 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

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

7,490

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

67%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,275

Out-of-State

$13,275

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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