Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
4-year Public university


Western Illinois University is a public institution established in 1899 with rural setting located at Macomb. It is ranked 61 in Regional Universities Midwest in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,267 (2018); out-of-state tuition and fees are $11,267 (2018). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,599. It practices semester-based academic calendar.

#61 in Regional Universities Midwest
Location Macomb, Illinois
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1899
Selectivity Low
Size Medium
7,599 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Security and Protective Services
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $11,267
Outstate Tuition Fee $11,267
Room and Board Fees $9,630
$41,500 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


59% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$30 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.11 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Not Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
-- Not Reported
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

73 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is native language

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$13,592 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$11,001 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $24,313
98% Students with need received Financial Aid
65% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Western Commitment Scholarship
Total Worth $12,000-$40,000
Eligibility Freshman
Minimum Criteria GPA: 3.0, SAT: 1030, ACT: 20
Requirement for maintenance GPA: 3.0/4.0
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
President's Scholarship
Total Worth Varies ( Pays tuition, university fees, room, and board not covered by another scholarship; Total financial aid including all scholarships cannot exceed student's semester cost of attendance)
Eligibility Must be receiving the Western Centennial Scholarship
Minimum Criteria ACT: 30
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline December 1

Other Scholarships

Kristi Gilbert Memorial Scholarship
Total Worth $1,000
Details Requirement: Diagnosed with epilepsy; Good academic standing; Full time; Financial need, Requires seperate application
Civil Service Dependents Scholarship
Total Worth $1,000
Details Requirement: Full-time undergraduate student who is a dependent of a Civil Service employee at WIU, Deadline: May 1 of student's first year at WIU, Requires seperate application.


7,599 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
68% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
50% Students graduate within 6 years