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Macomb, Illinois

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Chances of getting into Western Illinois University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
67%
Admission Difficulty for Western Illinois University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Western Illinois University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Western Illinois University is 67%.  It ranks #27 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Western Illinois University is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 5,091 out of 7,603 applicants were admitted.

The school has very easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 72 percent (SAT 880/1090 ACT 18/24). Western Illinois University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.49. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Western Illinois University application fee is $30 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Western Illinois University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Western Illinois University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
880-1090
Applicants Submitting SAT 
77%
SAT Scores for Western Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 450
SAT Math 25th 430
SAT Composite 25th 880
SAT Scores for Western Illinois University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 550
SAT Math 75th 540
SAT Composite 75th 1090
Average SAT Score 990

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Illinois University?

Western Illinois University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 81 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 880 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 770. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 990 out of 1600. Western Illinois University ranks #42 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 77 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Illinois University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1090 and Above Good >79%
985 to 1090 Avg + 67%-79%
880 to 985 Avg - 52%-67%
775 to 880 Reach 36%-52%
Less than 775 Low <36%
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Western Illinois University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
18-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
45%
ACT Scores for Western Illinois University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Western Illinois University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Western Illinois University?

Admission data indicates that Western Illinois University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #35 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Illinois University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Illinois University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >79%
21 to 24 Avg + 67%-79%
18 to 21 Avg - 52%-67%
15 to 18 Reach 36%-52%
Less than 15 Low <36%
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Western Illinois University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.49
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Western Illinois University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Western Illinois University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Illinois University was 3.49 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #22 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Western Illinois University accepts 67% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Western Illinois University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 15.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 16.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 16.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

77% of Western Illinois University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Western Illinois University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 40%
Top 50% of class 77%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Western Illinois University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,699 2,904 7,603
Accepted 3,211 1,880 5,091
Acceptance Rate 68% 65% 67%
Enrolled 660 404 1,064
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 21% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Western Illinois University is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Illinois University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Western Illinois University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Western Illinois University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149772 IPEDS survey data for Western Illinois University.

FAQs

Does Western Illinois University prefer SAT or ACT?

77% of students submit their SAT scores to Western Illinois University. 45% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Western Illinois University?

67% of those who apply are granted admission to Western Illinois University. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Western Illinois University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 880 and 1090. 77% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Western Illinois University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. 45% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.