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grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A
  7. Professors
    grade A
  8. Location
    grade C
  9. Dorms
    grade C+
  10. Campus Food
    grade B
  11. Student Life
    grade B
  12. Safety
    grade C+

About

1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
From Western Illinois University

Western provides a place for success for anyone who dreams of getting an education.

With two campuses, a traditional, residential campus in Macomb, IL, with an NCAA Division I athletics program, and a non-residential, metropolitan campus in Moline, IL, students get hands-on experience from industry leaders like Caterpillar and John Deere. More than 96% of classes are taught by full-time faculty, and are available face-to-face, online and in hybrid format.

WIU’s academics are second to none, with a internationally-known criminal justice program, a forensic chemistry degree that is only 1 of 6 in the nation, and hands-on experience for agriculture students with farmland and greenhouses. Education majors work with children as early as their freshman year, and chemistry students are conducting cancer research. Broadcasting students produce programming for ESPN in state-of-the-art facilities.

Our students not only leave with a degree, but with the confidence to take on the world.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
57%
SAT Range
950-1150
ACT Range
18-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

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Cost

Net Price
$15,802 / 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
$9,941 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
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. 141 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 141 responses

Majors

Internationally-Recognized Criminal Justice Degree

More than 1,300 agencies partner with our program for internships, and all faculty have worked in their respective fields. Degrees can be achieved 100% online or face-to-face. Study.com ranked WIU as a Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Program; Ranked #1 for 2020 Best Online Bachelor's Law Enforcement Degrees & #6 for 2020 Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Fire Science Degrees by OnlineU

Online

Online Programs Offered
14
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
14
How Students Learn
  • All
    10%
  • None
    51%
  • Some
    39%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,151 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
807
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 84 responses
  • It varies depending on the person
    32%
  • Average
    20%
  • Kind
    13%
  • Accepting
    8%
  • Polite
    8%
  • Courteous
    7%
  • Obnoxious
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 136 responses
Poll
45%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 161 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 88 responses
  • Leatherneck Spirit
    28%
  • 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%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,200 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
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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