Students Say

Affordability is key at medium-sized and largely career-oriented Western Illinois University. Western's undergraduate cost guarantee ensures that the price you pay for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board won't increase for four years, provided that you remain continuously enrolled. Sure, you counter, but it'll take six years to graduate, right? Don't worry; there's also a graduation guarantee. If you meet the GradTrac program's requirements and don't graduate within four years, the remainder of your tuition is on the house. There are more than 80 majors available here.

Overview

Applicants
10,554
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average HS GPA
3.11

GPA Breakdown

14%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
32%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
-
SAT Math
-
ACT Composite
18 - 23

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Affordability is key at medium-sized and largely career-oriented Western Illinois University. Western's undergraduate cost guarantee ensures that the price you pay for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board won't increase for four years, provided that you remain continuously enrolled. Sure, you counter, but it'll take six years to graduate, right? Don't worry; there's also a graduation guarantee. If you meet the GradTrac program's requirements and don't graduate within four years, the remainder of your tuition is on the house. There are more than 80 majors available here. If criminal justice is your bag, Western offers "one of the top law enforcement programs in the country," and the largest outside of Texas and Florida. Meteorology, supply chain management, and broadcasting are also stellar. Faculty members at WIU are "knowledgeable" and "usually very good." "Most professors I have encountered seem genuinely pleased to go out of their way to help you," relates a physics major. "They are very helpful outside of class." "I have had plenty of teachers holding study groups after their office hours," adds a law enforcement major. "The administration is very helpful" as well. "You can e-mail the school president at any time," swears a geology major, "and he will read your e-mail, and reply."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
720
with Terminal Degree
489

395
Men
325
Women
111
Minority
24
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
52%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Charles Carey
Vice Chair, Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Mark Konkol
Report, Chicago Sun-Times & 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Bill Bund
Sr. Vice President, ABC television

John Rosemond
child psychologist & syndicated columnist

Carin Stutz
CEO, Cosi

Rich Lavin
Group President, Caterpillar

John Blackburn
CEO, Country Financial

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,677

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,950

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,375

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,948

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
77%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,133

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$1,568
Transportation for Commuters
$2,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

More than 90 percent of the undergrads at Western hail from somewhere in Illinois. "Much of the college is made up of students from the greater Chicago area," some four hours northwest. "There is also a large population of students who grew up in a more rural setting." Nontraditional students rate as a sizeable contingent as well. People here describe themselves as "just your average college students." They are "friendly" and "extremely laid-back." There are students who "study hard, go to class, and get great grades." There are students who "slack majorly." There are "police officer hopefuls with arms that swing like old Hulk Hogan action figures." "It is very easy to find a place where you belong."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
9,873
Out of State
11%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

49% female
51% male
11% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The campus is fairly small. "It only takes 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other." Athletic and recreational facilities are reportedly excellent. And though student support for the intercollegiate teams is "lacking," Western boasts one of the world's greatest athletic monikers, the Fighting Leathernecks. Otherwise, you'll find "a very homelike atmosphere," "fun events," and "plenty of organizations." "There's a club or sport here for everyone," promises a sophomore. "Greek life is a great strength." About 10 percent of all undergrads pledge frats and sororities. Most students aren't very big fans of Macomb, the "very small town" that surrounds their school. It's "in the middle of a cornfield," they say, and there "isn't very much to do." "There is really nothing in this town but Western," warns a junior. The one thing that Macomb does offer is "a pretty heavy bar scene." Western is "famous for its partying," and drinking at bars and house parties are "a huge part" of the weekend for many students.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
42%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
81

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Tara Miller

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Current Documentation , presenting concerns, developmental, educational, and accommodation history, tests of IQ, information processing and academic achievement, interpretive summary of testing, and a definitive diagnostic statement.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Current Documentation of the condition must be recent and include a comprehensive report with presenting concerns, developmental, educational, and accommodation history, information from self-report and third-party report (when possible), information regarding medication and any effects the medication has on performance in an academic setting, and a definitive diagnostic statement.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
276
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
12

5% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

20% participate in intramural sports
5% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Leathernecks)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Leathernecks)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
80

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
40

Average Number of PC's per Lab
28

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Andrew Borst
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1 University Cir
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Phone
309-298-3157

Email
Admissions@wiu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Union
Student Recreation Center
Leslie Malpass Library
Hanson Field
Multicultural Center
Corbin-Olson Residence Hall renovation completed Summer 2012. Thompson Residence Hall renovations completed Summer 2013. Phase I of University Union renovations completed Summer 2014.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Horn Field Campus
Spring Lake Park
Historic Downtown Square
Argyle Lake State Park

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. Mon - Sat.
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
SID@wiu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
WIU Go West (shuttle bus) transit system, Amtrak station, taxis, Macomb Regional Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://www.wiu.edu/about/location.php

Local Accommodations
Several hotels, motels and bed and breakfast facilities are available in Macomb. http://www.wiu.edu/about/lodging.php
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Key Stats

10,554
Applicants
9,873
Size
59%
Acceptance Rate

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