Western Illinois University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,712
0.985% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$15,361
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
7.93%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
67%
7,603 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
7,490
76.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
46.2%
727 Graduates

About

Western Illinois University is a higher education institution located in McDonough County, IL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western Illinois University were Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (291 degrees awarded), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (159 degrees), and General Agriculture (94 degrees).

In 2020, 2,324 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Illinois University. 53.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,511 degrees), 5.04 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (300 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Illinois University is $8,712, which is $−13,818 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Illinois University is $8,712, which is $−13,818 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,361.

In 2020, 90% of undergraduate students attending Western Illinois University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 63% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$8,712
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Western Illinois University was $8,712. The cost of tuition at Western Illinois University is $−13,818 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$15,361
2020 Value
2.79%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Western Illinois University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,361. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Western Illinois University grew by 2.79%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,800
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Illinois University was of $9,800 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.77% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
63%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Western Illinois University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 7.14% with respect to 2019, when 84% 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.
7.93%
2018 Default Rate
237
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Western Illinois University was 7.93%, which represents 237 out of the 2990 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 7,603 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.12% annual growth. Out of those 7,603 applicants, 5,091 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 67% acceptance rate.

There were 7,490 students enrolled at Western Illinois University in 2020, and 79% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Illinois University has an overall enrollment yield of 20.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

67%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
5,091
Accepted Out of 7,603

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Illinois University was 67% (5,091 admissions from 7,603 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 56.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 4.12%, while admissions grew by 23.1%.

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SAT Scores

79%
Submission Percentage
838
Scores Submitted

79% of enrolled first-time students at Western Illinois University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Illinois University has a total enrollment of 7,490 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Illinois University is 5,703 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,787. This means that 76.1% of students enrolled at Western Illinois University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 60.4% White, 18.6% Black or African American, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 2.54% Two or More Races, 1.35% Asian, 0.187% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0935% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Illinois University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (29.6%), followed by White Male (26.7%) and Black or African American Female (14.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (33%), followed by White Male (23.7%) and Black or African American Female (4.97%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,490 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Illinois University is 5,703 and the part-time enrollment is 1,787. This means that 76.1% of students enrolled at Western Illinois University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2020 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 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Western Illinois University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,525
  2. Black or African American
    1,392
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    858

The enrolled student population at Western Illinois University is 60.4% White, 18.6% Black or African American, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 2.54% Two or More Races, 1.35% Asian, 0.187% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0935% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% 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, 150 students (2%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 176 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 (1,511 degrees awarded). There were 5.04 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (300 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Illinois University is Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (291 degrees awarded), followed by Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (159 degrees) and General Agriculture (94 degrees).

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 (391 degrees awarded), Agriculture (94 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (157 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,721,621 people), Secondary school teachers (398,383 people), Education administrators (257,740 people), Other managers (195,245 people), and Postsecondary teachers (185,119 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Protective Services (391 degrees awarded), Agriculture (94 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (157 degrees), Physical Sciences (52 degrees), and Education (282 degrees).

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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, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Protective Services (391 degrees awarded), Agriculture (94 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (157 degrees), Physical Sciences (52 degrees), and Education (282 degrees).

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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 (2,769,175 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (385,060 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (354,848 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (236,600 people), and Construction (110,196 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Protective Services (391 degrees awarded), Agriculture (94 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (157 degrees), Physical Sciences (52 degrees), and Education (282 degrees).

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Degrees

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.
Most Common
  1. 291 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 159 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 94 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Illinois University was Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration with 291 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,074
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,250
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,074 degrees were awarded to men at Western Illinois University, which is 0.859 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,250).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 210 degrees were awarded to men at Western Illinois University in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration, which is 1.57 times more than the 134 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 134 degrees were awarded to women at Western Illinois University in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration, which is 0.638 times less than the 210 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

28%
100% Completion Time
46%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 28% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Illinois University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.38% of graduates (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,511 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    300 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    228 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Illinois University is white (1,511 degrees awarded). There were 5.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (300 degrees).

1.64% of degree recipients (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    811 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    700 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    174 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Western Illinois University is white female (811 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (700 degrees).

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Operations

Western Illinois University has an endowment valued at nearly $63.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $767k (1.21%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Western Illinois University had a total salary expenditure of $225M. Western Illinois University employs 196 Professors, 93 Associate professors, and 77 Instructors. Most academics at Western Illinois University are Male Professors (130), Female Professors(66), and Female Instructors (53).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 154 employees, Service, with 145 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 134 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$63.6M
2020 Endowment
4.78%
growth from 2019

Western Illinois University has an endowment valued at about $63.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Illinois University grew 4.78% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $23.9M 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. $7.02M - Federal
  2. $3.83M - State
  3. $123k - Local

As of 2020, Western Illinois University received $7.02M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.83M from state grants and contracts, and $123k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$88.2M
2020 Salaries
13.1%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Western Illinois University paid a median of $88.2M in salaries, which represents 39.2% of their overall expenditure ($225M) and a 13.1% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.82% decline from 2018 and a 1.09% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$36.8M
Instructional Salaries
441
Number of Employees

In 2020, Western Illinois University paid a total of $36.8M to 441 employees working as instructors, which represents 41.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Illinois University were Professor with 196 employees; Associate professor with 93 employees; and Associate professor with 77 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 154 employees; Service with 145 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 134 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Illinois University was Male Professor with 130 employees, Female Professor with 66 employees, and Female Instructor with 53 employees.

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

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