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Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

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Overview

Student Population
7,490
Western Illinois University overview
Location Macomb, Illinois
Online wiu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Western Illinois University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Macomb, Illinois, Western Illinois University is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 7,603 prospective students applied, and 5,091 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,064 enrolled in the school.  5,703 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,787 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2020/2021, excluding room and board, is $8,883 plus fees of $4,431. Western Illinois University is ranked 460 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2022 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

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Ratings

6/10
Overall
5/10
Academics
8/10
Resources
6/10
Outcomes
7/10
Value

Western Illinois University is rated within the top 47% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for Western Illinois University within the 2022 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Very Easy
Western Illinois University overview
SAT 880/1090
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.49
Applications Accepted
67% 
Western Illinois University overview
Applications Due Mar 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Illinois Resident Tuition
$8,883
In State Costs for Western Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$4,431
Room and Board $9,800
Budget for Other Expenses$2,230
Total One Year Cost$26,544
Out of State Resident Tuition
$8,883
Out of State Costs for Western Illinois University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$4,431
Room and Board $9,800
Budget for Other Expenses$2,230
Total One Year Cost$26,544

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$46,000 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
53% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Western Illinois University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 16%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 14%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 12%
Education 8%
Communication 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149772 IPEDS survey data for Western Illinois University.

Current students may use the Western Illinois University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.