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Fast Facts About WIU

Download a PDF of Fast Facts.Want to know how many students attend WIU? What's a typical class size, and how many classes are taught by full-time faculty rather than graduate students? Find the answer to these questions--and much more--below. The numbers below represent total figures for both our WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities campuses. For more fast facts and a breakdown of figures for both campuses, view a downloadable brochure (PDF).



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Western Illinois Athletics

  • School Colors: Purple and Gold
  • Mascot: Rocky and Col. Rock III
  • Nickname: Leathernecks
  • Intercollegiate athletics fields 9 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams.
  • Football competes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) through the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
  • All other Leathernecks sports compete at the NCAA Division I level as members of the The Summit League.
  • Any prospective student or current student interested in participating in any NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics sport should contact Danielle Surprenant, Director of Athletics (DE-Surprenant@wiu.edu)/(309) 298-1190.

Enrollment

Total Enrollment: 9,441

  • Total Undergraduate Students: 7,599
  • Total Graduate Students: 1,842
  • WIU-Macomb Campus: 7,272
    • Macomb Undergraduates: 6,292
    • Macomb Graduates: 980
  • WIU-Quad Cities Campus: 894
    • WIU-QC Undergraduates: 585
    • WIU-QC Graduates: 309
  • Extension: 1,275

Minority Population: 3,129 (33.8%)

  • African American: 1,775 (19.1%)
  • Asian: 88 (0.9%)
  • Hispanic: 994 (10.7%)
  • American Indian: 10 (0.1%)
  • Pacific Islander: 2 (0.02%)
  • Two or more ethnicities: 260 (2.8%)

Macomb Campus Facts

Students

Origin (Macomb & Macomb Extension)

  • Illinois: 6,911 (85.2%)
  • Iowa: 277 (3.4%)
  • Out-of-state (excludes Iowa): 473 (5.8%)
  • International: 448 (5.5%)

Mean ACT, Fall 2012 Freshmen: 20.8

Mean GPA (Undergraduate): 3.22

Source: Institutional Research and Planning

These numbers are current as of December 2017. Unless indicated, the figures represent totals for Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.

At a Glance

Students & Faculty

  • Full-time faculty teach 96.2% of classes, guiding student learning, discovery and performance
  • Average undergraduate class size is 18.7 students
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Full-time faculty: 556

Cost of Attending WIU

Degrees Conferred FY2017

  • Undergraduate: 2,081
  • Graduate: 601

Degrees Offered

  • Undergraduate: 66
  • Graduate: 38
  • Doctorate: 2
  • Pre-professional: 6
  • Undergraduate certificates: 2
  • Post-Baccalaureate certificates: 16

Size of Macomb Campus

  • Acreage: 1,050
  • Major Buildings: 59
  • Number of Full-time Employees: 1,553

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