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Western Illinois University Demographics & Diversity

Macomb, Illinois

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Western Illinois University are primarily White with a smaller Black population. The school has medium racial diversity. 38% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Western Illinois University students
Race Percent of Students
White 62%
Black 19%
Hispanic 11%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
International 2%
Race Unknown 2%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 30% more female students than male students enrolled at Western Illinois University with a gender ratio of 57% women to 43% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Western Illinois University has a comparable gender diversity ratio to other US colleges and is inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Western Illinois University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 43%
Women 57%
Enrollment by gender for Western Illinois University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 3,323
Women 4,320

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

Western Illinois University serves a very low number of students outside of Illinois, with 89 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Western Illinois University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 89%
Out of State 10%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 2%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$67,698 per year

54% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 15.3%
Part time Undergrads 11.3%

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