Western Illinois University

College Degree Finder

School Overview

Western Illinois University is a public university in Macomb, Illinois. Also known as WIU, the school operates campuses in Macomb and Moline (the Quad Cities campus). WIU was established in 1899 under the name Western Illinois State Normal School, which instructed teachers in training. As the institution grew it became Western Illinois State Teachers College and then Western Illinois State College. The school finally adopted its current name in 1957.

WIU offers a wide array of academic programs, including more than fifty undergraduate programs and more than a dozen pre-professional certification programs. Graduate students can pursue more than forty degree and certification programs. Almost all course are taught by full-time faculty members.

General Information

Admission Office

One University Circle

115 Sherman Hall

Macomb, IL 61455-1390

(309) 298-3157

(877) 742-5948

Fax: (309) 298-3111

Contact: Eric Campbell

Director of Admissions
Main Address

One University Circle

Macomb, IL 61455

(309) 295-1414


Total undergrads: 10,735

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,816

Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,730

Graduate enrollment: 2,440


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 68%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agriculture – General B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Musical theater B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Construction Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Communications Technologies

Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Bilingual/Bicultural Education B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Instructional Media B
Special Education B

Engineering Technologies

Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Forensic Chemistry B
Forensic Chemistry B
Geology B
Meteorology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Emergency Management B
Emergency Management/Homeland Security B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Western Illinois University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (309) 295-1414
Website: www.wiu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: wiu.edu/admissions/apply_now/
Address: 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 8,502
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 53%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,048 (59% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $12,951
Out-of-state Tuition: $12,951
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 93%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,816

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Western Illinois University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Western Illinois University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 111
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 3102
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 31
Education 37111
Engineering 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 71
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 131
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 111
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 123
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 52
Psychology 12
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 111
Social Sciences 154
Visual and Performing Arts 162
Grand total 1374392

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western Illinois University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $12,951
Out-of-state $12,951
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $11,604
Out-of-state $11,604

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,107 93%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,042 87% $9,816
Student loan aid 911 76% $7,077

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,185 81% $8,617
Federal student loans 5,180 68% $7,570

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western Illinois University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Western Illinois University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 9,151 3,878 5,273
Percent admitted 100% 57% 60%
Percent admitted who enrolled 10% 11% 9%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Western Illinois University Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 8,502
Undergraduate enrollment 6,754
Graduate enrollment 1,748

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Western Illinois University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

If you work for a school and would like to update your data please contact us.

Enjoy this post? Don't forget to share.