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Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL

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About Western Illinois University

Founded in 1902, Western Illinois University's flagship campus is in Macomb, IL, which is about 2 hours north of St. Louis. An additional campus is located in Moline, IL. In 2012, WIU was named one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton review. WIU is composed of 4 main degree-granting colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), the College of Business and Technology, the College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Twice annually, CAS publishes the magazine Focus, a news publication for alumni, students, faculty, and friends.


WIU implemented the GradTrac program in order to facilitate program completion times. Freshmen in any of the participating degree programs can participate in GradTrac; however, they must adhere to the program's agreements. Progress within the program is supervised by each student's academic advisor. If graduation doesn't occur within 4 years after meeting the program's requirements, the remaining tuition is free.

Together with the 4 core colleges of WIU, students can broaden their learning experiences with resources offered through various centers, programs and projects. For example, undergraduates seeking a more challenging level of academic rigor may participate in the Centennial Honors College. The School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach offers study abroad programs as well as professional development training. Within this school is also the opportunity for firefighters to earn a bachelor's degree while working full-time. Graduate students can access the School of Graduate Studies to find relative information, such as thesis/dissertation guidelines, available graduate assistantship positions and research projects.


Undergraduate students interested in becoming a WIU Leatherneck (the university mascot) must complete the online application and send in ACT or SAT scores as well as a high school transcript. All new freshmen who apply by May 15 are considered for Western Commitment Scholarships, which are 4-year scholarships based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores; awards range between $1,000 and $10,000 plus room.

Graduate application requirements vary by department, and interested students should be sure to check with their particular program when applying. The general application to the university is online and requires a $30 application fee.

Tuition & Financial Aid

WIU promises each of its incoming students a cost guarantee: if they are continuously enrolled for the usual completion of their program, tuition, fees, room, and board will remain the same price as that of their first year. WIU offers payment plans for each semester for tuition, room, and board.

Assistantships are available for eligible graduate students. Graduate residents of IN, IA, WI, and MO are eligible for in-state tuition and should note this in their application.

School Type Public, 4 year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, post-bachelor's certificate, master's, doctoral**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Remote town**
Student Body 12,554 students (10,520 undergraduates)**
Student Housing 2 freshman halls; 4 sophomore, junior, senior and graduate halls; 3 family and graduate apartment complexes*
Schools and Programs 66 undergraduate majors, 16 post-bachelor's certificate programs, 34 master's programs, 1 doctoral program*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
-Bachelor's: criminal justice/law enforcement administration (327)
-Master's: business administration and general management (48)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 35% (in 4 years)
59% (in 6 years)
61% (in 8 years)**
Admission Rate 66% of fall 2011 applicants admitted**
Entering Class Size 5,494 (fall 2010)**
First-Year Retention Rates 71% for full-time, 505 for part-time**
Average ACT Score of Entering Students 21 (composite in fall 2011)*
Undergraduate Application Due Date For scholarship consideration, April 1; general application deadline, May 15*
Tuition $10,719 for in-state undergraduate students, $14,543 for out-of-state undergraduate students
(per year for 2011-12; figure includes tuition and accompanying fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11:
-Federal grants (38%)
-Institutional grants/scholarships (45%)
-Pell grants (37%)
-State/local grant or scholarship (36%)
-Federal loans (67%)
-Other loans (7%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 77% in 2010-11**

Sources: *Western Illinois University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, Sherman Hall 115, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
  • Phone Number: (309) 298-3157 or (877) 742-5948
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