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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  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
    C+
Western Illinois is an above-average public university located in Macomb, Illinois. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,482 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Western Illinois acceptance rate is 59%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Communications. Graduating 53% of students, Western Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,400.
About Western Illinois University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
59%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$16,463/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,936/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,156/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,461/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,235/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,470/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.124 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.136 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.136 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,482Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 80 responses
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  • It varies depending on the person
    31%
  • Average
    20%
  • Kind
    14%
  • Accepting
    9%
  • Courteous
    8%
  • Polite
    8%
  • 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.131 responses
Poll
45%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.156 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • Middle of no place.
    29%
  • Leatherneck Spirit
    28%
  • Average
    14%
  • Neck Nation For Life, Stay Humble Hustle Hard
    8%
  • NECK UP
    7%
  • Riverfront Campus in Quad Cities Metropolitan Area
    7%
  • Disappointing
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
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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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!
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Western Illinois is a school of excellence in terms of campus life and social environment. However, this school is strictly set on teaching yourself how to learn. If your are innovative and interested in a certain major that they provide then I give this 5 stars. If you are majoring in a subject that they really don't provide but give a few classes for, then you are going to struggle because they try to put you in a major that is "close enough" to the major you want and your abilities will be challenged in learning things all over from the start. I give this college 3.5 stars over all because when you are social and get the hang of things, you're time here will be amazing! The people here are spectacular and they make networking here a breeze. There isn't anything you can't do here if you really put your mind to it, but that is with anything and any college you attend.
I transferred to WIU from a community college my junior year. The transition went smooth due to friendly/helpful staff and the opportunity to meet with other transfer students.
The campus is easy to navigate and there are plenty of activities/clubs to help students have fun while gaining an education.
The professors genuinely care about the students’ education and do everything they can to help them succeed.
WIU is also a big supporter of our military, which is always a plus in my book.
If students need a break from campus, the square downtown is only a few minutes away. It has restaurants and shops unique only to Macomb. There are also popular bars, such as The Change of Pace,The Ritz, and The Forum.
If you are looking for something involving the outdoors, Spring Lake is the place to be. Only 15 minutes from campus, it provides beautiful scenery, places to fish, and several hiking trails to explore.
Overall, WIU is a great school to attend.