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
5,394
Undergraduates
2,347
Men - 43.5%
3,048
Women - 56.5%
1,636
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
72% of 7,156 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.45
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Cost of Attendance
$27,400
Tuition and Fees
$13,669
Room and Board
$10,192
Average Percent of Need Met
43%
Average Freshman Award
$17,090
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,065
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
443
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
18%
10-19
32%
20-29
32%
30-39
11%
40-49
5%
50-99
3%
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
51% 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
1.2%
Black/African-American
21.1%
Hispanic/Latino
12.7%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
2.9%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
60.1%
Unknown
1.7%
International Students
2.2% from 34 countries
First-Year Students Returning
71.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
32.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
75%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
26.0%
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