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Western Illinois University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Western Illinois University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors WIU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Western Illinois University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Western Illinois University was awarded 75 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

WIU is ranked #853 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

WIU is also ranked #35 out of 61 schools in Illinois.

See all of the rankings for Western Illinois University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WIU?

Acceptance Rate

Western Illinois University has an acceptance rate of 60%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for WIU.

Average Test Scores

WIU received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Western Illinois University  ( 18 to 23 )

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Western Illinois University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Western Illinois University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Illinois University is 90%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  90 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Illinois University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Western Illinois University is 68%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  68 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At WIU this rate is 32%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  32 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Western Illinois University.

Good Overall Diversity at WIU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,958 undergraduates at WIU with 5,151 being full-time and 807 being part-time.

WIU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for WIU is 78.56 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  78.56 out of 100
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How Much Does Western Illinois University Cost?

The overall average net price of WIU is $15,970. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WIU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,798 $13,964 $16,946 $20,278 $21,977

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of WIU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WIU, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $7,077 a year. That adds up to $28,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WIU is 9.5%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do WIU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from WIU make around $43,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Western Illinois University make the most money.

Location of Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University is a public institution situated in Macomb, Illinois. The surrounding location of Macomb is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Location of Western Illinois University

Contact details for WIU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-295-1414

Western Illinois University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 76 majors graduated from Western Illinois University. Of these students, 1,785 received undergraduate degrees and 629 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 341 $33,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 174 $31,100
General Agriculture 109 $38,800
Business Administration & Management 83 $40,100
General Psychology 73 $27,400
General Biology 63 $29,000
Communication & Media Studies 62 $30,600
Recreation Administration 56 $25,500
Accounting 50 $43,200
Social Work 50 $31,800

Learn more about the majors offered at Western Illinois University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at WIU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 3,454 students took at least one online class at Western Illinois University. This is an increase from the 3,218 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,454 959
2016-2017 3,218 922
2015-2016 3,338 925
2014-2015 3,108 898
2013-2014 2,766 713

Learn more about online learning at Western Illinois University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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