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.
Western Illinois University Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.124 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.137 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.137 responses
Most Popular Majors
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration366 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities211 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services74 Graduates
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies69 Graduates
Logistics and Supply Chain Management54 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.132 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.157 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.75 responses
Western Illinois University Reviews
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!
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.