Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

#476 National Colleges

56.66% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

5,958 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
  • Four-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, medium, highly residential
Western Illinois University (WIU) is a public university in Macomb, Illinois. It was founded in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School. As the normal school grew, it became Western Illinois State Teachers College.

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Macomb, Illinois

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Town: Remote (in urban cluster more than 35 miles from an urbanized area)

Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 21.5%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 13.9%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 10.0%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 6.2%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 6.2%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 5.7%
Health Professions And Related Programs 5.3%
Psychology 3.8%
Education 3.7%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3.5%
Visual And Performing Arts 3.3%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 2.9%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2.7%
Social Sciences 2.6%
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields 2.0%
Physical Sciences 1.9%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.1%
History 1.0%
Engineering 0.8%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.5%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%
Mathematics And Statistics 0.3%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 0.3%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.2%
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services 0.2%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1067 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 570 520 470
Verbal 580 530 480

ACT Scores

22 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 25 21 17
English 25 21 17