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 13,000 students.

Many students at WIU scored in the range of 18 (25th percentile) - 23 (75th percentile) on the ACT. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the WIU average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.89 - 3.18. 59% of all those who apply are granted admission to WIU, from which 26 percent choose to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected WIU acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 62%.

Overall WIU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Western Illinois University was reported as 59.3% in Fall 2013 with over 10,600 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 - 23
  • WIU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into Western Illinois University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Western Illinois University 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for WIU has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 63.6%
  • 2010-2011: 64.6%
  • 2011-2012: 65.6%
  • 2012-2013: 62.8%
  • 2013-2014: 59.3%
  • Projected WIU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 62.3%

How Does WIU Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Western Illinois University is seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Bradley University66.9%
University of Illinois at Springfield59.8%
Truman State University72.2%
Lindenwood University66.3%
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville84.2%

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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to WIU (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English17 - 23
Math17 - 24
Composite Score18 - 23
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