Walk this Way

Rocky leads prospective Leathernecks to their campus destinations during a recent Discover Western program. The next Discover Western is on September 20 - register today!

I Love a Parade!

Get ready for Homecoming 2014, Oct. 3-4, with events kicking off the week Sept. 26 with Paint the Paws!

Leatherneck Leaders!

More than 150 incoming students participated in Camp Leatherneck this summer, a free 2-day retreat focused on leadership, service and community.

Heading for the Goal!

Check out Women's Soccer - four home games this September at WIU's John MacKenzie Alumni Field! View the complete schedule for times.

Welcome Class of 2018!

Proud freshmen showcase the signature Western "W" during move-in weekend.

Get Involved!

Did you know WIU has more than 250 student organizations? There's a group, activity, or cause for everyone!

Town & Gown Unite!

On Sept. 10, WIU and the City of Macomb join forces to host the Community-University Partnership Program Block Party in front of Sherman to welcome students.

Points of Purple Pride

A "Best Midwestern College" and a "Top Tier Midwestern University" - apply now for admission!

Our Signature Academic Programs

WIU has 12 Signature Programs noted for their size, unique area of concentration, or accessibility

Students on campus for a Discover Western Open House tour

WIU-QC Phase II Grand Opening - September 3

Join state and federal legislators, community leaders and University officials in the official ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront campus Phase II. Tours of the new facilities will follow.

Macomb Balloon Rally - September 5-6

The 28th Annual Macomb Balloon Rally provides the region with a free, family-friendly event by bringing more than 20 hot air balloons to Macomb. This event features a series of flights, filling the Macomb skies with color. Don't miss the grand finale Balloon Glow on Saturday night. Bring your lawn chairs to WIU's Vince Grady Field and enjoy the magic.

Professional Development Series - Sept. 8-18

The College of Business & Technology's 2014 Professional Development Series offers an array of sessions to CBT students in order to prepare them for the job search and a successful career in business. Attend sessions on professional dress, resume building, interviewing, social media, dining etiquette, leadership, and more.

Study Abroad Fair - September 10

With over 60 countries to choose from, various program lengths, the ability to use financial aid, scholarships and the fact that some programs are CHEAPER than studying on campus, what are you waiting for? Stop by the Fair in the Grand Ballroom of the University Union and begin your journey to an international educational experience!

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood - September 12

Come to the "world's funniest improv show" featuring the brilliant comic stylings of Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie. Held in Western Hall, this audience driven show is different every time. Audience members yell out suggestions and Colin and Brad do the rest. Free tickets for WIU students!

Rick Springfield Rocks WIU - September 13

Grammy-winning 80s rocker Rick Springfield will perform a free concert at Western on Saturday, Sept. 13 during the annual Family Day tailgating celebration. Springfield, best known for his number-one hit, "Jessie's Girl," will perform from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Q-lot tailgating area in Macomb. Admission to the concert is free!

Discover Western - September 20

Discover Western open houses allow you to tour the Macomb campus, meet with academic and student services staff, talk with current WIU students and more – a great way for you to experience campus life and picture yourself at WIU. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

A Hero's Homecoming. Who's Your Hero?

Save the Date! Alumni and friends will descend on the Western Illinois University campus, joining current students, October 3-4 to celebrate Homecoming 2014.  For those graduating 25, 30, 40 or 50 years ago, weekend festivities are planned to celebrate classes of 1964, 1974, 1984 and 1989.

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