About Western

About Western Illinois University

Western Illinois State Normal School opened its doors September 23, 1902 to 229 students. Throughout the years, the institution grew and its name changed to Western Illinois State Teachers College (1921-1947) to Western Illinois State College (1947-1957), and finally, to Western Illinois University on July 5, 1957. Today, Western Illinois University offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs, pre-professional programs, two doctoral degrees, and certificate programs to nearly 10,000 students. Download a copy of our Viewbook (PDF format) to learn more!

Virtual Walking Tour

We strongly encourage you to schedule a visit to see campus for yourself, but a virtual walking tour of our Macomb campus is the next best thing. Picture yourself at Western!

The Sky is the Limit at WIU

"At Western, students should remember that you are somebody. You are unique and you have a great opportunity here at Western. The sky is the limit to what you can do." - WIU President Jack Thomas


Western Illinois University's residential campus is located in Macomb, Illinois. Our non-residential, metropolitan campus is located in the Quad Cities/Moline, IL.

Fast Facts

Points of Purple Pride

Military Friendly School
  • The Princeton Review: Western ranked a “Best Midwestern College"
  • U.S. News & World Report: WIU recognized as a top tier "Best Regional University"
  • G.I. Jobs Magazine: Western Illinois named a "Military Friendly School”
  • Military Times EDGE Magazine: WIU named "Best for College"
  • Forbes: Western listed among the best of 650 institutions in the country
  • Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
  • U.S. President's Honor Roll for Service

Paying for College

2017-2018 Costs
Tuition: $8,712
Macomb Fees: $2,780
Double Room: $6,000
Meal Plan: $3,800
Annual Direct Cost: $21,292

Top Majors

Forensic chemistry students in the lab

Athletics & Extracurriculars

Western Illinois University Intercollegiate Athletics is comprised of 18 NCAA Division I sports, while Campus Recreation at Western offers a variety of fitness opportunities, intramural sports programs and club sports.

WIU's Office of Student Activities provides students with practical, educational and leadership extracurricular opportunities.

Home Away From Home

Students in a residence hall room

The nine residence halls at Western provide students a place to create their own college experience by getting involved on campus. Each hall has small differences and features like locations, resources and primary community.

Contact Information