Western Illinois University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$8,630

0.396% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$15,605

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

9.58%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

60%

9,767 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

9,441

80.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

50.4%

962 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 (366 degrees awarded), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (194 degrees), and General Agriculture (110 degrees).

In 2017, 2,792 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Illinois University. 51.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,965 degrees), 6.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (289 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Illinois University is $8,630, which is $-12,103 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Illinois University is $8,630, which is $-12,103 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,605.

In 2017, 82% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 71% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$8,630

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Western Illinois University was $8,630. The cost of tuition at Western Illinois University is $-12,103 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$15,605

2017 Value

5.21%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Western Illinois University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,605. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Western Illinois University grew by 5.21%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,580

Room and Board

$900

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Illinois University was of $9,580 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

82%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

71%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

82% of undergraduate students at Western Illinois University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 6.49% with respect to 2016, when 77% 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.

9.58%

2016 Default Rate

323

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Western Illinois University was 9.58%, which represents 323 out of the 3370 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 9,767 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.16% annual decline. Out of those 9,767 applicants, 5,857 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 60% acceptance rate.

There were 9,441 students enrolled at Western Illinois University in 2017, and 0% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Illinois University has an overall enrollment yield of 20.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

60%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

5,857

Accepted Out of 9,767

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Illinois University was 60% (5,857 admissions from 9,767 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 59.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -4.16%, while admissions declined by -3.33%.

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SAT Scores

0%

Submission Percentage

0

Scores Submitted

0% of enrolled first-time students at Western Illinois University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Illinois University has a total enrollment of 9,441 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Illinois University is 7,631 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,810. This means that 80.8% of students enrolled at Western Illinois University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 60.2% White, 18.8% Black or African American, 10.5% Hispanic or Latino, 2.75% Two or More Races, 0.932% Asian, 0.106% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0212% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Illinois University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (30%), followed by White Female (27.4%) and Black or African American Female (13.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (28.6%), followed by White Male (21.1%) and Black or African American Male (4.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,441 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Illinois University is 7,631 and the part-time enrollment is 1,810. This means that 80.8% of students enrolled at Western Illinois University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

68%

2017 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 68%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Western Illinois University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,681

  2. Black or African American

    1,775

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    994

The enrolled student population at Western Illinois University is 60.2% White, 18.8% Black or African American, 10.5% Hispanic or Latino, 2.75% Two or More Races, 0.932% Asian, 0.106% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0212% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 172 students (1.82%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 86 more women than men received degrees from Western Illinois University. The majority of degree recipients at Western Illinois University are white (1,965 degrees awarded). There were 6.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (289 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Illinois University is Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (366 degrees awarded), followed by Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (194 degrees) and General Agriculture (110 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 Agriculture (110 degrees awarded), Protective Services (417 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (167 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Other managers (231,928 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (177,811 people), Police officers (133,953 people), Postsecondary teachers (125,268 people), and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing (89,696 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Agriculture (110 degrees awarded), Protective Services (417 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (167 degrees), Physical Sciences (90 degrees), and Communications (148 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 Dentists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Agriculture (110 degrees awarded), Protective Services (417 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (167 degrees), Physical Sciences (90 degrees), and Communications (148 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Justice, public order, & safety activities (346,637 people), Elementary & secondary schools (344,783 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (324,644 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (200,184 people), and Computer Systems Design (148,867 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Illinois University are Agriculture (110 degrees awarded), Protective Services (417 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (167 degrees), Physical Sciences (90 degrees), and Communications (148 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.

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Illinois University was Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration with 366 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,353

  2. 1,439

In 2017, 1,353 degrees were awarded to men at Western Illinois University, which is 0.94 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,439).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 279 degrees were awarded to men at Western Illinois University in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration, which is 2.45 times more than the 114 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 114 degrees were awarded to women at Western Illinois University in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration, which is 0.409 times less than the 279 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

32%

100% Completion Time

53%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 32% of students graduating from Western Illinois University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 53% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 55% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (61.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Illinois University is Female and White (61.1% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 3.53% of graduates (34 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,965 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    289 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    236 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Illinois University is white (1,965 degrees awarded). There were 6.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (289 degrees).

1.97% of degree recipients (55 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    992 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    973 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    180 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Illinois University is white female (992 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (973 degrees).

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Operations

Western Illinois University has an endowment valued at nearly $49.3M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $297k (0.602%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Western Illinois University had a total salary expenditure of $303M. Western Illinois University employs 212 Professors, 143 Associate professors, and 112 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Illinois University are Male Professors (146), Male Associate professors(79), and Female Professors (66).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 187 employees, Service, with 184 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 174 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$49.3M

2017 Endowment

19.1%

growth from 2016

Western Illinois University has an endowment valued at about $49.3M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Illinois University grew 19.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $16.2M 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. $6.05M - Federal

  2. $3.12M - State

  3. $136k - Local

As of 2017, Western Illinois University received $6.05M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.12M from state grants and contracts, and $136k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$107M

2017 Salaries

9.01%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Western Illinois University paid a median of $107M in salaries, which represents 35.2% of their overall expenditure ($303M) and a 9.01% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 9.57% decline from 2015 and a 0.947% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$45.1M

Instructional Salaries

556

Number of Employees

In 2017, Western Illinois University paid a total of $45.1M to 556 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

212 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

187 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Illinois University were Professor with 212 employees; Associate professor with 143 employees; and Associate professor with 112 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University were Office and Administrative Support with 187 employees; Service with 184 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 174 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Illinois University was Male Professor with 146 employees, Male Associate professor with 79 employees, and Female Professor with 66 employees.

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

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