Western Illinois University (WIU)

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Western Illinois University can be found in Macomb, IL, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Western Illinois University has an enrollment of about 7,900 students.

Many of the students admitted to WIU got an SAT score within the range of 950 to 1150, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 18 to 25. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the WIU average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.89 - 3.33. 57% of all those who apply are granted admission to WIU, from which 22 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at wiu.edu.

Overall WIU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Western Illinois University was reported as 56.7% in Fall 2020 with over 7,300 college applications submitted to WIU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • WIU ACT Scores: 18 - 25
  • WIU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Western Illinois University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of WIU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for WIU has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 59.5%
  • 2017-2018: 60.0%
  • 2018-2019: 58.8%
  • 2019-2020: 56.7%
  • Projected WIU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 54.2%

How Does WIU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Western Illinois University is zero percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Knox College68.3%
Culver-Stockton College52.2%
Quincy University61.8%
Illinois College78.0%
Bradley University70.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to WIU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading480 - 580
Math470 - 570
Total Score950 - 1150
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 25
Math17 - 25
Composite Score18 - 25
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