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Western Illinois University

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Western Illinois State Normal School was established as a public university in 1899. The school focused on teacher training just as many similar institutions did at the time. The school’s student body was relatively small in the beginning, but the institution increased in population over time. The school later became Western Illinois State Teachers College. The school is currently called Western Illinois University and the institution offesr a wide variety of academic program.


Western Illinois University is a public university located in Macomb, Illinois. The Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Western Illinois University. The university is comprised of 4 colleges and 44 academic schools and departments. The colleges are the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, College of Education and Human Services, and College of Fine Arts. The Centennial Honors College is also affiliated with the 4 colleges. There are 8 school, which include School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach; School of Graduate Studies; School of Agriculture, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; School of Computer Sciences and Information Systems; School of Music; School of Nursing, and School of Engineering.

A few of the academic departments include Department of African American Studies, Department of Instructional Design and Technology, Department of Art, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Museum Studies, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality.

Western Illinois University offers 66 bachelor’s degrees, 37 master’s degrees, 16 post-baccalaureate certificates, 1 doctoral degree, and 2 post-master’s certificates. A few of the undergraduate degrees that the university offers include Literature and Language, Clinical Laboratory Science, Musical Theatre, Construction Management, Broadcasting, Zoology, and Graphic Communication. Graduate level degrees include Reading, Counseling, Accountancy, Geography, Elementary Education, Computer Science, Health Science, Theatre, and Sports Management.

The university also offers online learning opportunities. The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies is offered completely online. Students can also take various courses online and new courses are added every day. Professional development opportunities are also available online.

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Regular admission for first year students interested in applying to Western Illinois University includes a completed application, SAT score of 940 or ACT composite score of 20, and a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 of a 4.0 scale (the school accepts a higher GPA if the ACT/SAT score is lower and vice versa). Freshman must meet the following high school coursework requirements for admission: 3 years of science (laboratory sciences such as earth science and other college prep sciences), 4 years of English ( course that emphasis literature and oral and written communications), 3 years of mathematics (trigonometry, geometry, advanced algebra), 3 years of social studies (courses with an emphasis in government and history), and 2 years of electives (speech, religion, vocational education, foreign language).

Transfer students applying for undergraduate admission with more than 24 semester hours must be in good standing with the previous university or college and have a combined average of a “C” in all credits from previous universities. Students with less than 24 semester hours must meet the same requirements, and meet the freshman admission standard of 2.5 GPA in high school courses.

Students applying for admission into graduate school must complete an application and submit the non-refundable application fee. Students must also hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, complete prerequisite courses; submit GMAT, MAT, or GRE scores; and meet GPA requirements for undergraduate coursework and any graduate level coursework.

International students must hold a comparable degree to a U.S. degree in order to receive admission. Students must also provide TOEFL scores of 213 or greater of the computer-based version, 550 or greater on the paper version, or 80 or higher of the Internet version; complete the Declaration of Finances form, provide documentation of evidence of adequate assets, and submit the application and non-refundable application fee. International students may also be required complete undergraduate coursework if deficits in previous coursework from other institutions exist.

Financial Aid

Students may begin completing the FAFSA application after January 1st. The priority deadline is early February. This application must be completed to receive federal aid and the Illinois Monetary Award. Students may receive loans, grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and other sources of financial aid to pay for an education.

Grants are one of the financial aid sources that do not have to be repaid. Students may qualify for the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Federal Pell Grant, and State Map Grant. The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program offers up to $4,000 per year for those who plan to teach students in low-income schools for at least four years. The qualifying teaching areas are science, math, special education, and foreign language or bilingual education for undergraduate studies, and reading specialist and special education for graduate studies. A 3.2 cumulative GPA is required.

Scholarships are available based on a number of different criteria, including university wide, honors, transfer students, freshman, graduates, and international students. Students can also qualify for scholarships by program. These scholarships include Jean S. and M. Morrow Award, Dr. Olive Fite American Literature Scholarship, Foreign Language Alumni Scholarship, Grove B. And Olive Tyson Scholarship, and Wrenn R. and Evelyn Grice Scholarship in Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Federal Work-Study program offer over 250 students campus jobs. The program accounts for $2.4 million in university funding. Please note that the federal work-study program is not available during the summer sessions.

Other programs that Western Illinois University students may participate in include Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Program, Merit Recognition Scholarship (MRS) Program, Grant Program for Dependents of Police or Fire Officers, Silas Purnell Illinois Incentive for Access (IIA) Program, and Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.

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Students who plan to live on campus must submit the housing application by early May for the fall semester. Freshman halls consist of Tanner Hall and Thompson Hall. Sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate halls include Bayliss and Henniger Hall, Higgins Hall, Corbin and Olson (under renovation), International House, Higgins Hall, Lincoln and Washington Hall, and Grote Hall. Graduate and family housing includes Lamoine Village, East Village, and University Village. University halls come with cable TV, computer and Internet access (wireless Internet zone), and live in staff.

The Greek community on Western Illinois University’s campus is proud of its tradition of excellence. There are 21 fraternities and 9 sororities on campus. Sororities and Fraternities include Sigma Chi, Theta Xi, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Rho Eta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta Zeta, Chi Omega, and Alpha Sigma Tau. These groups are involved in many community and campus sponsored events, including Greek Week, Order of Omega, and Rho Lambda.

The university has its own newspaper. The Western Courier serves the students of Western Illinois University and staff members. The newspaper publishes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the school year, and Wednesdays only during the summer. This free newspaper can be found at over 80 locations on the campus.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the campus beautification program. The volunteers consist of faculty, staff and students who plant flowers, spread mulch, clean up the front entrance, pick up trash, and other miscellaneous work. Student organizations are available on campus. Participants get a chance to meet new people and become leaders on campus. Students may participate in organizations such as Black Student Association, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Counseling Association, Graduate Experience in Museum Studies (GEMS), Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Organization (LASSO), Toastmasters, Student Government Association (SGA), Society of Educators (SOE), Society of Accountancy, and Society of Business and Technology (SOBAT).

Students may participate in recreational sports and activities in one of the following facilities: Spencer Student Recreation Center, Harry Mussatto Golf Course, and Sipolt Memorial Disc Course. Intramural sports include indoor soccer, racquetball doubles, disk golf, men’s and women’s softball, sand volleyball, badminton doubles, men’s and women’s basketball, fantasy football, and men’s and women’s tennis.

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The athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division I Summit League and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The university athletics once participated in the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1914-1970). The school colors are purple and gold. The mascot is the bulldog, and the team is known as the Fighting Leathernecks. The school received permission from the Department of the Navy to use the official mascot and seal of the U.S. Marine Corp. The women’s teams were once known at Westerwinds, but both men’s and women’s teams decided to go under the Leathernecks name. Rocky the Bulldog gets his name from Ray “Rock” Hanson a former marine and athletic director at Western Illinois University. The school has 15 varsity teams, which include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, swimming/diving, men’s and women’s tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

The athletic facilities include, Hanson Field, football and outdoor track and field; Western Hall, men’s and women’s basketball; John MacKenzie Alumni Field, men’s and women’s soccer; Mary Ellen McKee Stadium, softball; Alfred D. Boyer Stadium, baseball and tennis; Spring Lake, cross-country; and Harry Mussato Golf Course, golf.


  • Hancks, Jeffrey W and Adam J. Carey. Western Illinois University (IL) (Campus History Series). Los Angeles: Arcadia Publishing, 2009. Print.
  • Hicken, Victor. The Purple and the Gold: The Story of Western Illinois University. Macomb: Western Illinois University Foundation, 1970. Print.
  • Western Illinois University. 1 May 2011. Web. 1 May 2011

Information Summary

Ranks 35th in Illinois and 892nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Illinois and 424th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 8 0.06
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 79 0.63
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 166 1.32

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 39 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 8 0.04
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 124 0.64
Larceny 350 1.81
Vehicle theft 8 0.04

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Macomb, IL 61455
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population21,659 (19,254 urban / 2,405 rural)
Households7,837 (2.16 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,165
Families3,880 (2.80 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1718

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1360th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,822 $7,822 $11,732
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,132 $3,132 $3,132
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $261 $261 $391
FT Graduate Tuition $7,242 $7,242 $14,484
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,768 $2,768 $2,768
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $302 $302 $603
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,074 $25,074 $29,276
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,177 $13,177 $17,379
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,177 $13,177 $17,379

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,719 $11,182 $10,719 $11,182 $14,543 $15,188
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,460 $8,820
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,041 $3,173
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,554 (4,487 male / 6,067 female)
Admitted 6,260 (2,665 male / 3,595 female)
Admission rate 59%
First-time Enrollment 1,652 (813 male / 839 female)
FT Enrollment 1,608 (786 male / 822 female)
PT Enrollment 44 (27 male / 17 female)
Total Enrollment11,707

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Continent Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Continent Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Continent Conference

ACT Test Admission

1083rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 98%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,400
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,630
Board Fee$3,560

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 112 231 141 17 11 2,349 102 3,003
Accounting 1 2 5 1 53 4 67
African-American/Black Studies 2 1 3
Agriculture, General 1 1 93 7 103
Anthropology 1 5 1 7
Applied Mathematics, General
Art/Art Studies, General 4 20 24
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 10 12
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 13 7 1 84 5 112
Business Administration and Management, General 8 1 5 1 80 7 103
Business/Managerial Economics 3 3
Chemistry, General 25 1 13 2 41
Chemistry, Other 1 3 9 13
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1 2
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 1 3 1 18 24
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 4 29 35
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 1
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 11 12
Computer and Information Sciences, General 16 2 25 2 45
Construction Management 2 2 2 53 2 62
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 21 23
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 33 23 3 1 300 11 375
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 11 14
Economics, General 10 3 1 6 20
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3 3 1 72 4 83
Educational/Instructional Technology 4 4 1 20 2 31
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 3 119 4 129
Engineering Technology, General 1 3 1 8 13
Engineering, General 6 1 7
English Language and Literature, General 2 36 2 40
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 7 1 48 2 58
Finance, General 2 1 18 1 24
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 3 1 5
French Language and Literature
General Studies 26 11 2 1 191 10 247
Geography 12 13
Geology/Earth Science, General 16 1 18
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 1 1 34 1 37
Health Teacher Education 2 3 8 13
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 1 4 7
History, General 1 1 35 2 39
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 1 16 2 19
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 1 2 5
Information Technology 1 2 3
Journalism 2 2 1 20 1 27
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 11 5 60 4 86
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 1 18 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 4 1 31 1 40
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 1 20 22
Management Information Systems, General 1 9 10
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 6 1 4 11
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 1 40 45
Mathematics, General 5 16 21
Meteorology 1 1 15 17
Museology/Museum Studies 1 1 10 12
Music Performance, General 2 1 1 33 1 40
Music, General 2 2 4
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 2 2 3 1 1 85 5 99
Philosophy 6 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 20 25
Physics, General 8 1 2 11
Political Science and Government, General 3 9 1 29 3 45
Psychology, General 2 10 10 2 1 74 1 104
Radio and Television 2 10 28 1 41
Reading Teacher Education 1 35 36
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 2 22 1 28
Religion/Religious Studies 2 2
School Psychology 1 8 9
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Work 10 2 39 2 53
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1 2 11 14
Sociology 2 10 4 27 1 44
Spanish Language and Literature 6 2 8
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 48 2 53
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 17 8 1 75 2 105
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 4 1 25 31
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 13 13
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 1 1 4
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 2 1 3
Women's Studies 3 4
Zoology/Animal Biology 15 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 923rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,160 ($81,556 male / $65,001 female)
Number of FT Faculty 650 (359 male / 291 female)
Number of PT Faculty 720
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $45,538,033

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