Western Illinois University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University is a public institution situated in Macomb with a second campus in Moline, Illinois. The institution has a large selection of 66 undergraduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are supported by a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s over 250 clubs and organizations, including 21 fraternities and 9 sororities. The Western Illinois Leathernecks play in the NCAA Division I Summit League. Football plays in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 8,502 (6,754 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male/52% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,666
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $10,010
  • Other Expenses: $2,216
  • Total Cost: $25,092

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 87%
    • Loans: 76%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,617
    • Loans: $7,570

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Business Administration and Management, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other; Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 65%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 39%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 28%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 46%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Western Illinois University Admissions

Western Illinois is a test-optional university. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • WIU, Western Illinois University Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 470/560
    • SAT Math: 460/550
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 18/23
    • ACT English: 17/23
    • ACT Math: 17/24

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Western Illinois University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Western Illinois University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Buffalo State College, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Western Illinois University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Western Illinois University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University

Applying to Western Illinois University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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