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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)
67% Acceptance Rate

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Western Illinois University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WIU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
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Where Is Western Illinois University?


Contact details for WIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-295-1414

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 recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WIU?

67% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
WIU has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to WIU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 550. Math scores were between 430 and 540.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 450 to 550 )

SAT Math Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 430 to 540 )
WIU received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 24. Math scores were between 16 and 24. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 16 to 24 )
ACT Math Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 16 to 24 )
ACT Composite Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 18 to 24 )

Can I Afford Western Illinois University?

$18,965 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
8.8% 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 64% of students took out student loans averaging $7,055 a year. That adds up to $28,220 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WIU is 8.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Western Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,999 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,854 undergraduate students at WIU, with 4,999 being full-time and 855 being part-time.


There are also 1,636 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,999 full-time undergraduates at WIU, 45% are male and 55% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 68
Black or African American 1,157
Hispanic or Latino 664
White 2,814
International Students 57
Other Races/Ethnicities 239

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

1,790 Took All Classes Online
6,495 Took At Least One Class Online
20.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 8 master’s degree programs available online at WIU. In 2019-2020, 6,495 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.


This school is the 26th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

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%.

Western Illinois University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Registered Nursing 0


*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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