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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.
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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||480|
|SAT Math 25th||470|
|SAT Composite 25th||950|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||580|
|SAT Math 75th||570|
|SAT Composite 75th||1150|
|Average SAT Score||1050|
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
|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%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||17|
|ACT Math 25th||17|
|ACT Composite 25th||18|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||25|
|ACT Math 75th||25|
|ACT Composite 75th||25|
|Average ACT Score||21|
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
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
61% of Western Illinois University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||20%||25%||22%|
The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2021.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Western Illinois University is $30.
What are the requirements for admission to Western Illinois University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
77% of students submit their SAT scores to Western Illinois University. 45% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.