About Western

About Western Illinois University

Established in 1899, Western Illinois Normal and Training School opened its doors September 23, 1902 to 229 students. Throughout the years, Western Illinois grew and its name changed from Western Illinois State College 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 more than 10,000 students.

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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

2016-2017 Costs
Tuition: $8,541
Macomb Fees: $2,704
Double Room: $5,880
Meal Plan: $3,700
Annual Direct Cost: $20,825

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.

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