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Western Illinois University is a public institution located in Macomb, Illinois. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Macomb draws many to the area.

$18,965 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
72% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Western Illinois University?


Contact details for WIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-298-1414

How Do I Get Into WIU?

You can apply to WIU online at:

Admission Requirements for WIU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WIU?

72% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Western Illinois University is 72%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 67%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Can I Afford Western Illinois University?

$18,965 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WIU is $18,965. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WIU, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $6,174 a year. That adds up to $24,696 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WIU is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Western Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,574 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,394 undergraduate students at WIU, with 4,574 being full-time and 820 being part-time.


There are also 2,061 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,574 full-time undergraduates at WIU, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Illinois University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 59
Black or African American 1,028
Hispanic or Latino 586
White 2,587
International Students 96
Other Races/Ethnicities 218

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Western Illinois University. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 68 countries are represented at WIU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Western Illinois University

1,744 Took All Classes Online
5,947 Took At Least One Class Online
20.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 45 bachelor’s degree and 33 master’s degree programs available online at WIU. In 2020-2021, 5,947 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WIU has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of WIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Illinois University was 20.8%. This is the #711 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WIU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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