Western Illinois University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,130
2.75% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$11,213
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.27%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
75%
9,219 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
7,643
75% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
47.3%
691 Graduates

About

Western Illinois University is a higher education institution located in McDonough County, IL. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Western Illinois University were Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (199 degrees awarded), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (124 degrees), and General Psychology (70 degrees).

In 2022, 1,819 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Illinois University. 54.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,196 degrees), 4.73 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (253 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Illinois University is $9,130, which is $−14,866 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Western Illinois University is $9,130, which is $−14,866 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,213.

In 2022, 97% of undergraduate students attending Western Illinois University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$9,130
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Western Illinois University was $9,130. The cost of tuition at Western Illinois University is $−14,866 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$11,213
2022 Value
3.88%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Western Illinois University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,213. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Western Illinois University grew by 3.88%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,192
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Illinois University was of $10,192 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

97%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
50%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

97% of undergraduate students at Western Illinois University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 3.19% with respect to 2021, when 94% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.27%
2019 Default Rate
86
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Western Illinois University was 3.27%, which represents 86 out of the 2629 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Western Illinois University received 9,219 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 28.8% annual growth. Out of those 9,219 applicants, 6,914 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75% acceptance rate.

There were 7,643 students enrolled at Western Illinois University in 2022.

Western Illinois University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
6,914
Accepted Out of 9,219

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Illinois University was 75% (6,914 admissions from 9,219 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 72.5%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 28.8%, while admissions grew by 33.3%..

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Enrollment

Western Illinois University had a total enrollment of 7,643 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Western Illinois University is 5,736 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,907. This means that 75% of students enrolled at Western Illinois University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52.8% White, 17.1% Black or African American, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 2.42% Two or More Races, 1.15% Asian, 0.131% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.118% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Illinois University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (29.9%), followed by White Male (23.9%) and Black or African American Female (14.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (12.3%), followed by White Male (9.63%) and Black or African American Female (2.76%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

75%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Illinois University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,643 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Illinois University is 5,736 and the part-time enrollment is 1,907. This means that 75% of students enrolled at Western Illinois University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

67%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Western Illinois University was 67%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Western Illinois University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    4,037 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    1,310 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    768 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Western Illinois University is 52.8% White, 17.1% Black or African American, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 2.42% Two or More Races, 1.15% Asian, 0.131% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.118% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 128 students (1.67%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 175 more women than men received degrees from Western Illinois University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Western Illinois University is white (1,196 degrees awarded). There were 4.73 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (253 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Illinois University is Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (199 degrees awarded), followed by Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (124 degrees) and General Psychology (70 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Illinois University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (240 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (91 degrees), and Education (246 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,599,762 people), Secondary school teachers (517,489 people), Education administrators (271,311 people), Postsecondary teachers (220,382 people), and Other managers (219,433 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University in 2022 are Protective Services (240 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (91 degrees), Education (246 degrees), Physical Sciences (36 degrees), and Math & Statistics (34 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Surgeons, Physicians, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Protective Services (240 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (91 degrees), Education (246 degrees), Physical Sciences (36 degrees), and Math & Statistics (34 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,852,366 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (436,749 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (368,991 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (250,964 people), and Computer Systems Design (188,212 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Protective Services (240 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (91 degrees), Education (246 degrees), Physical Sciences (36 degrees), and Math & Statistics (34 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Western Illinois University.

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Illinois University was Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration with 199 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

822
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
997
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 822 degrees were awarded to men at Western Illinois University, which is 0.824 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (997).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 128 degrees were awarded to men at Western Illinois University in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration, which is 1.32 times more than the 97 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 97 degrees were awarded to men at Western Illinois University in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration, which is 0.758 times less than the 128 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

30%
100% Completion Time
46%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 30% of students graduating from Western Illinois University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 46% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 47% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Western Illinois University is Female and Asian (80% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.3% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,196 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    253 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    156 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Illinois University is white (1,196 degrees awarded). There were 4.73 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (253 degrees).

2.03% of degree recipients (37 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    648 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    548 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    162 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Western Illinois University is white female (648 degrees awarded). There were 1.18 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (548 degrees).

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Operations

Western Illinois University has an endowment valued at nearly $79.3M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 184k (0.232%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Western Illinois University had a total salary expenditure of 252M. Western Illinois University employs 205 Professors, 84 Associate professors and 79 Instructors. Most academics at Western Illinois University are Male Professor (133), Female Professor (72), and Female Instructor (51).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 165 employees, Service, with 161 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 118 employees.

Endowment

$79.3M
2022 Endowment
5.98%
decline from 2021

Western Illinois University has an endowment valued at about $79.3M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Illinois University declined 5.98% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $32.7M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $9.99M - Federal
  2. $4.75M - State
  3. $112k - Local

As of 2022, Western Illinois University received $9.99M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.75M from state grants and contracts, and $112k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$89.1M
2022 Salaries
3.52%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Western Illinois University paid a median of $89.1M in salaries, which represents 35.3% of their overall expenditure ($252M) and a 3.52% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$38.1M
Instructional Salaries
447
Number of Employees

In 2022, Western Illinois University paid a total of $38.1M to 447 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
205 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
165 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Illinois University were Professor with 205 employees, Associate professor with 84 employees, and Instructor with 79 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 165 employees, Service with 161 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 118 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Illinois University was Male Professor with 133 employees, Female Professor with 72 employees, and Female Instructor with 51 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Western Illinois University.

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