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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
About Western Illinois University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Website
From Western Illinois University

WIU is a highly-ranked public university located in western Illinois, with two campuses: the traditional, residential main campus in Macomb, Illinois and a non-residential, metropolitan campus in Moline, Illinois. WIU offers 66 undergraduate majors and 38 graduate degrees that are known for innovative teaching, student-driven research, hands-on learning opportunities and career success after graduation. Western is committed to providing an affordable education through scholarship and cost-guarantee programs, and you'll have access to global and interdisciplinary opportunities led by award-winning faculty and staff. You'll also experience personal attention through small class sizes and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1.

With over 250 student organizations, you will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your leadership skills and get involved with others who share your interests.

Western Illinois University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
60%
SAT Range
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,605/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,239/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.124 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.140 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.140 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,668Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
931
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
54%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 84 responses
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  • It varies depending on the person
    32%
  • Average
    20%
  • Kind
    13%
  • Accepting
    8%
  • Polite
    8%
  • Courteous
    7%
  • Obnoxious
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.135 responses
Poll
44%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.160 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 87 responses
Report
  • Leatherneck Spirit
    29%
  • Middle of no place.
    28%
  • Average
    14%
  • Neck Nation For Life, Stay Humble Hustle Hard
    9%
  • NECK UP
    7%
  • Riverfront Campus in Quad Cities Metropolitan Area
    7%
  • Disappointing
    6%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $43,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    50%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    95%
    National
    83%
    84%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.75 responses
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    Western is a great Mid-sized university that offers multiple programs of study. I study on the Quad Cities campus. The atmosphere there is nice and the smaller campus size is definitely nice. I will say that I haven't had the best of luck with their academic advisors, and that I have had issues with staying on track. However, buy and large this is a great education at a cheaper cost than most universities. Check it out!
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    Wonderful University! The Staff is beyond excellent, the students are welcoming as well as helpful. There are over 200 organizations on campus, and the student life is awesome as well! Academics are taken very seriously, and with small class sizes, more specialized attention is given to students.
    It's peaceful, with challenges and experiences. I love my organizations such as Cultural Expression, which is a poetic group. I'm also in BMAN (Black Male Achievement Network). Those are my main ones that I'm currently in and as far as being here on campus, it;'s much to unconventional and get into to learn, acquire skills, and be around my true friends who's willing to help build each other up into better people of tomorrow!