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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$12,894 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
10,191 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
80.6% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
925 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Western Illinois University is $8,596, which is $1,605 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $12,894, which is 150% of the cost for in-state students, and is $5,482 less than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,463.

In 2016, 77% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 70% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Western Illinois University received 10,191 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 6.31% annual decline. Out of those 10,191 applicants, 6,059 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 59.5% acceptance rate.

There were 10,373 students enrolled at Western Illinois University in 2016, and 0% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Illinois University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Western Illinois University has a total enrollment of 10,373 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Illinois University is 8,360 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,013. This means that 80.6% of students enrolled at Western Illinois University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Illinois University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.4% White, 18% Black or African American, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, 2.59% Two or More Races, 0.94% Asian, 0.12% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.05% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Illinois University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (22.3%), followed by White Female (20.1%) and Black or African American Female (9.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (2.55%), followed by White Male (1.68%) and Black or African American Male (0.25%).

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In 2016, 105 more women than men graduated from Western Illinois University. The majority of students graduating from Western Illinois University are White. These 2,060 graduates mean that there were 6.8 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 303 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Western Illinois University is Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration with 385 graduates, followed by Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 221 graduates and General Agriculture with 108 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Western Illinois University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Parks, Recreation, & Leisure, with 210 graduates, followed by Agriculture with 108 graduates and Protective Services with 443 graduates.


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Western Illinois University has an endowment valued at nearly $43M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $144,469 (0.34%), compared to the 1.44% average return ($414,206 on $28.9M) across all Master's Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Western Illinois University had a total expenditure of $313M. Of that $313M, they spent $129M on salaries and $97.4M on benefits.

Western Illinois University employs 218 Professors, 160 Associate professors, and 137 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Illinois University are Male Professors (151), Male Associate professors (91), and Female Assistant professors (76).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 246 employees, Service, with 223 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 186 employees.



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