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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.

27 Undergraduate Degrees
$19,252 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
60% 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?

Location of 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?

60% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 60%, WIU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 58%, and the acceptance rate for women is 61%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to WIU submitted their SAT scores.WIU received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 17 to 23 )
ACT Math Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 17 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 18 to 23 )

Can I Afford Western Illinois University?

$19,252 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
9.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WIU is $19,252. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At WIU, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $7,077 a year. That adds up to $28,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WIU is 9.5%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Western Illinois University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,151 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,958 undergraduate students at WIU, with 5,151 being full-time and 807 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WIU

There are also 1,666 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,151 full-time undergraduates at WIU, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WIU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WIU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 63
Black or African American 1,093
Hispanic or Latino 673
White 3,012
International Students 57
Other Races/Ethnicities 253

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

959 Took All Classes Online
3,454 Took At Least One Class Online
8.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 14 bachelor’s degree and 8 master’s degree programs available online at WIU. In 2017-2018, 3,454 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WIU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Illinois University was 8.2%. This is the #972 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WIU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WIU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WIU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #258
Nursing #319

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.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 27 27
TOTAL 27 27


*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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