Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University

Founded in 1899, Western Illinois University, or WIU, is a public university in the United States. The main campus is located in Macomb, Illinois, whereas Western Illinois University - Quad Cities is in Moline, Illinois. The US News & World Report (2006 edition) ranked WIU 70th among all public masters universities and 24th among 70 public universities in the Midwest. WIU was also recognized by The Princeton Review (2004, 2005, and 2006 editions) as one of the 'Best in the Midwest Colleges'. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Centennial Honors College
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business & Technology
  • College of Education & Human Services

The men's sports teams are nicknamed the Fighting Leathernecks and the women's sports teams are known as the Westerwinds.

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Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb , IL 61455
General Phone: (309) 295-1414

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Western Illinois University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts568African-American studies, women's studies, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, economics, geography, ...
Education and Teaching513multilingual education, educational administration, superintendency and administration, educational admin and supervision, instructional media design, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, ...
Security and Law Enforcement424criminal justice and administration
Business and Management353business management, logistics, accounting, managerial economics, finance, human resources, MIS, marketing
Media253communication studies, journalism, radio and television, printing equipment operation
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy202parks and recreation management, sports and fitness management, exercise science
Therapy and Counseling174psychology, school psychology, communication disorders
Family and Social Work163family and consumer science, community organization, social work
Science161biology, meteorology, chemistry, geology, physics
Agricultural Science and Management92agriculture
Computer Science and Engineering55computer and info science, computer networking
Real Estate and Construction Management49construction management
Music46music, music performance
Engineering Technician31industrial tech, manufacturing tech
Drama and Performing Arts21drama, various performing arts
Art Studies18art studies
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy
Medical Administration9health care administration
Fine Arts6fine arts
Medical Support and Technology1clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Western Illinois University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,51857
Master's degree64337
Doctor's degree01
Postbaccalaureate certificate123

Western Illinois University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Western Illinois University had a total enrollment of 13,331 students (11,914 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 51%
Women 49%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 6%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 25%
20-21 31%
22-24 21%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Western Illinois University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 40 %

Western Illinois University Room and Board (2007)

Western Illinois University offers campus housing for 5,000 of its 11,914 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Macomb, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Western Illinois University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1823
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Western Illinois University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,862
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,090
Room and board $ 7,210
Room charge $ 4,350
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,860
Books and supplies $ 1,150
Other expenses $ 2,885

Financial Aid:
Western Illinois University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 178000)

Western Illinois University Faculty

Western Illinois University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track9673
Non-tenured and not on tenure track6297

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year26$114,9918$110,229
Associate professorcalendar year2*3$92,212
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year29$113,27111$105,315

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year111$86,75853$84,594
Associate professoracademic year100$67,94366$66,498
Assistant professoracademic year94$55,98174$53,208
Instructoracademic year42$42,64276$40,684
Lectureracademic year4$35,0358$39,623
All faculty totalacademic year351$67,287277$58,551

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Western Illinois University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Missouri Valley Conference
Basketball Mid-Continent Conference
Baseball Mid-Continent Conference
Track Mid-Continent Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5385138

Western Illinois University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Superintendency and Educational System Administration

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist


Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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Top 16%Western Illinois University % of degrees in agricultural science and management
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Top 19%Western Illinois University Male % of student body

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