Western Illinois University

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Overview of Western Illinois University

About this school

Western Illinois University, founded in 1899, is a public, multipurpose university. It is the first state university in Illinois to offer single rooms as a predominant lifestyle. It also offers a unique Bachelor of Arts degree program designed to provide adult students with an opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in a manner compatible with their educational needs and lifestyles. Its 1,050-acre campus is located in Macomb, 70 miles west of Peoria.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:7,599
    • Men:3,753 (49.4%)
    • Women:3,846 (50.6%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Western Illinois University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
-
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
2
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
May 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1 University Circle
City, State, Zip
Macomb, IL  61455-1390
Phone
(309) 298-3157
Fax
(309) 298-3111
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
May 15
Application Fee
$30
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
60% of 9,767 applicants were admitted
Women
61% of 5,630 applicants were admitted
Men
58% of 4,137 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,206 (21%) of 5,857 admitted students enrolled
Women
633 (18%) of 3,439 admitted students enrolled
Men
573 (24%) of 2,418 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.22
375 And Above
18%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
27%
2.00 - 2.49
9%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
21 average |18-23 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
4%
• Score 24 - 29
16%
• Score 18 - 23
59%
• Score 12 - 17
21%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $11,267 (46.5482338359843%)
  • Room & Board: - $9,630 (39.78516835364594%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,200 (4.957653377401363%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,108 (8.708944432968394%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Western Illinois University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning October 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001780
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,121 (94.1%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,001 (89.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
984 (98.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
205 (20.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$13,592
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 830 (84.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,001
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 876 (89.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,468
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 640 (65.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
75 (6.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,484

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
5,747 (86.2%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
5,138 (89.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
5,017 (97.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,296 (25.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
62%
Average Award
$12,356
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,651 (72.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,653
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,557 (90.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,413
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 2,394 (47.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
358 (5.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,401

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
84%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$29,422
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
9.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Agriculture, Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, International Studies, Library Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,754

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


556

Part-Time Faculty


52

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


67%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 18% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 32% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 32% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 11% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 5% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 3% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 18% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 46% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 30% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 5% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Not accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,149,196

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
632
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Western Illinois University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


67.8%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


29.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


47.1%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


50.4%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (67)


  • Accounting
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Agriculture, General
  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Fire Services Administration
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Meteorology
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Radio and Television
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services, Business/marketing, Liberal arts/general studies

Online Degrees


Engineering, arts and sciences/clinical laboratory science; general studies/chiropractic with Palmer College of Chiropractic

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Education, Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Master's Programs of Study (53)


  • Accounting
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Distance Education Development
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Education
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Reading Education
  • Recreation and Park Management
  • School Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Student Affairs
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Writing
  • Zoology

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


19,265

Nearest Metropolitan Area


1,050 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Quad Cities; Peoria, IL; Springfield, IL

Weather


Temperature
13.2 average low in January, 82.2 average high in September
Rain
114 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
St. Louis
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Macomb
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Macomb

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


44% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


56%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Fighting Leathernecks/Westerwinds
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, cheerleading, cross-country running, football, golf, racquetball, rugby, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo, wrestling

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Western Illinois University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, black student association, university union board, western's all volunteer effort (wave), inter hall council

Sororities


14% of women participate

Fraternities


14% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


6,668

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
7,599
Women
3,846
Men
3,753

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.9% Asian
  • 22.1% Black/African-American
  • 12.2% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 59.8% White
  • 1.8% Unknown

International Students


1.4% from 61 countries

Average Age


24

Number of Graduate Students


1,842

Student Resources

Study resources