Western Illinois University

Western Illinois Fast Facts

Western Illinois University offers a caring, supportive learning environment with the advantages of a large public university – strong faculty, state of the art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities – in an atmosphere free from distractions. Western provides a low student-to-full-time faculty ratio (16:1) and an average class size of 22 students. Western ensures that education is affordable and attainable through its guarantee programs. Western’s Cost Guarantee locks in the cost of tuition, room, board and fees for four years. Our GradTrac program guarantees students graduate in four years or less in most academic programs.

Counselor’s Notes

  • Data for admissions in the freshman class is
    3.05 and 18 ACT for Chance (alternative admissions) and 3.05 and 21 ACT for
    Regular Admissions.  54% first generation
  • Western Illinois Commitment means automatic scholarships for
    applicants who beat the priority deadline with a 22 and 3.0 GPA
  • Scholarship money can increase through the spring for students who retake their ACT and raise their score
  • WIU has added a new program in Sports Broadcasting
  • Some of WIU’s strongest programs are in construction, law enforcement
    and supply chain management
  • Strict priority deadline for students is
    December 1.  Apps must be complete by this date.
  • Pre-nursing requires separate application,
    strong history in math and science, and 500 word essay. Students should have a
    22 and 2.75 for potential entry in this program.
  • Students with a 2.2 and 3.0 can go to the new
    Quad Cities campus which does have housing
  • WIU has established 70 2 & 2 programs designed for 2-year
    college transfers so that they will graduate in four years.

Basic Facts

Location:  Macomb, IL

Number of Undergraduates:  10,520

Percentage of Black students:  26%

Percentage of Latino students:  8%

Overall 4 year graduation rate:  33%

Overall 5 year graduation rate: 54%

4 year Black male graduation rate:  16%

4 year Black female graduation rate:  8%

4 year Latina graduation rate:  30%

4 year Latino graduation rate:  15%

North Lawndale Alumni graduates:

North Lawndale Alumni persistence rate (returning to school beyond 4 semesters):

Average % of financial need met:  53%

Estimated cost of attendance:  $23,637

Average indebtedness at graduation:  $23,200

Admission Contact:  Audrey Barrientos   708-948-7497   AR-Penman@wiu.edu

Alumni Network Contact:

Current Alumni who attend Centre:  none

University Majors/Programs of Study

Undergraduate Application for Admission

Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center— The center provides ongoing cultural experiences, academic enhancement opportunities, and social programs designed to aid in the adjustment of African American students at Western Illinois University.

Casa Latina Cultural Center–The mission of the center is to provide support services for Latino and International students and further provide an informed understanding of their rich cultures to West Central Illinois communities, surrounding areas and the people of the state of Illinois.

Disability Resource Center

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