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Western Illinois University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Western Illinois University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
58.8%
Admission Difficulty for Western Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Western Illinois University and can I get accepted? The school has a 59% acceptance rate ranking it #23 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,379 out of 9,151 applicants were admitted making Western Illinois University a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 68 percent. Western Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Western Illinois University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
930-1110
Applicants Submitting SAT
77%
SAT Scores for Western Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 460
SAT Composite 25th 930
SAT Scores for Western Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 560
SAT Math 75th 550
SAT Composite 75th 1110
Average SAT Score 1020

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Illinois University?

Western Illinois University typically requires applicants to be in the top 73 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 930 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 840. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1020 out of 1600. The school ranks #41 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 77 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1110 and Above Good >71%
1020 to 1110 Avg + 59%-71%
930 to 1020 Avg - 46%-59%
840 to 930 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 840 Low <33%
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Western Illinois University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT
45%
ACT Scores for Western Illinois University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Western Illinois University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Western Illinois University?

Admission data indicates that Western Illinois University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #44 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Illinois University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Illinois University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >73%
20 to 23 Avg + 59%-73%
18 to 20 Avg - 48%-59%
16 to 18 Reach 38%-48%
Less than 16 Low <38%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.11
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Western Illinois University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Illinois University was 3.11 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #45 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Western Illinois University accepts 59% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Western Illinois University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 14% Good
3.50 to 3.75 11% Good
3.25 to 3.50 14% Good
3.00 to 3.25 16% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 32% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 13% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

61% of Western Illinois University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Western Illinois University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 9%
Top 25% of class 28%
Top 50% of class 61%
Bottom 50% of class 39%
Bottom 25% of class 8%

Admission Statistics

Western Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,273 3,878 9,151
Accepted 3,156 2,223 5,379
Acceptance Rate 60% 57% 59%
Enrolled 493 441 934
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 20% 17%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
112

Applicants have 112 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on May 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Western Illinois University before the May 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Mar 14 Mar 27
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Feb 8 Feb 19
Apr 4 Apr 14

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Illinois University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Western Illinois University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Western Illinois University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

Frequently Asked Questions

77% of students submit their SAT scores to Western Illinois University. 45% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

59% of those who apply are granted admission to Western Illinois University. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 930 and 1110. 77% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 23. 45% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.