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Located in Macomb and Moline, Illinois
Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked top tier "Best Regional University" by U.S. News and World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.WIU offers 65 undergraduates programs, 37 graduate programs, 10 pre-professional degree programs, 19 post-baccalaureate certificate programs, two post-master's certificates and one doctoral program to students from 93 counties in Illinois, 38 states and 57 countries. Western's campuses are dedicated to providing an accessible and affordable education. The WIU-Macomb and Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. The four core values at the heart of WIU are academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth and social responsibility. WIU's Cost Guarantee program ensures that students pay a fixed rate for tuition, fees, plus room and board. WIU remains the only university in Illinois to guarantee the cost for tuition, fees and room and board over a four-year period at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Because of Western Illinois University's commitment to community engagement and service learning, Western has been selected for The Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification. The University, which is one of three Illinois public universities to receive the distinction, joins 310 other institutions across the U.S. achieving the Community Engagement Classification since its 2006 debut.In addition, Western has been named for four consecutive years to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary service efforts, and for four consecutive years, GI Jobs Magazine has designated WIU as a "Military Friendly School" for providing outstanding support to the University's student-veterans.
Western Illinois University's faculty and staff are dedicated to preparing students to be productive citizens, diverse thinkers, and engaged community members through excellence in teaching and learning. Students are also provided with numerous activities and programs to enhance Western's academic mission and provide opportunities for student development and learning. Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports , and is also the cultural center of the region, with major theatrical and dance productions, concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, films, and dance attractions.
|Total Undergraduate Students||10,263|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||20||<1%|
|African American / Black||1,676||16%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||10||<1%|
|Two or More Races||182||2%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||444||4%|
|Where do WIU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||8%|
|How old are WIU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||13%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT|
|Composite||18 - 23|
|Math||17 - 23|
|English||17 - 23|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||26%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||61%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||98%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.04|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||98%|
The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees determines tuition and fee schedules for the upcoming school year at the June board meeting.
The cost to attend Western Illinois University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||15 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||78%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||99%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||664|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||44%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||16%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||72%|
92% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
42% of all undergraduates live on campus
Western Illinois University's Office of Public Safety provides a safe and secure environment for our campus. We are committed to the prevention of crime; protection of life and property; preservation of the peace; order and safety; enforcement of laws and University policies; quality parking services; and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Western Illinois University in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Criminal Justice and Corrections.||15%|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.||12%|
|Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods.||5%|
|Business Administration, Management and Operations.||5%|
|Links to degree programs at Western Illinois University|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 68%