Western Illinois University, founded in 1899, is a public, multipurpose university. It is the first state university in Illinois to offer single rooms as a predominant lifestyle. It also offers a unique Bachelor of Arts degree program designed to provide adult students with an opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in a manner compatible with their educational needs and lifestyles. Its 1,050-acre campus is located in Macomb, 70 miles west of Peoria.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
5,309
Undergraduates
2,278
Men - 42.9%
3,032
Women - 57.1%
1,636
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
75% of 9,219 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.38
SAT Math
420-550 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
440-560 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
17-26 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$26,381
Tuition and Fees
$12,848
Room and Board
$10,312
Average Percent of Need Met
50%
Average Freshman Award
$17,238
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$26,200
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
447
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
27%
10-19
41%
20-29
23%
30-39
6%
40-49
2%
50-99
1%
Over 100
0%
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Macomb Population
17,206
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Quad Cities; Peoria, IL; Springfield, IL
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
31% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Fighting Leathernecks/Westerwinds
Sororities
14% of women participate
Fraternities
23% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.2%
Asian
1.4%
Black/African-American
23.3%
Hispanic/Latino
13.1%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
57.5%
Unknown
1.3%
International Students
3.4% from 34 countries
First-Year Students Returning
66.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
28.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
75%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
26.0%
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