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Chances of getting into Western Illinois University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
56.7%
Admission Difficulty for Western Illinois University
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Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into Western Illinois University and can I get accepted? The school has a 57% acceptance rate ranking it #17 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,137 out of 7,302 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 easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 66 percent. Western Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Western Illinois University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Western Illinois University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
950-1150
Applicants Submitting SAT
77%
SAT Scores for Western Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 950
SAT Scores for Western Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1150
Average SAT Score 1050

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Western Illinois University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 69 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 950 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 850. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1050 out of 1600. The school ranks #36 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1150 and Above Good >69%
1050 to 1150 Avg + 57%-69%
950 to 1050 Avg - 44%-57%
850 to 950 Reach 31%-44%
Less than 850 Low <31%
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Western Illinois University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
18-25 
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 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 21

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 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #38 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Illinois University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Illinois University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >71%
21 to 25 Avg + 57%-71%
18 to 21 Avg - 46%-57%
15 to 18 Reach 35%-46%
Less than 15 Low <35%
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Western Illinois University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.11
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Western Illinois University?

Applicants 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 57% 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Western Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,467 2,835 7,302
Accepted 2,513 1,624 4,137
Acceptance Rate 56% 57% 57%
Enrolled 495 400 895
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 25% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Western Illinois University is $30.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Illinois University and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does Western Illinois University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Western Illinois University?

57% of those who apply are granted admission to Western Illinois University. Admission competition is low and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Western Illinois University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 950 and 1150. 77% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Western Illinois University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 25. 45% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.