Our Past and Our Present
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 doctorate degrees, and certificate programs to more than 12,200 students.
- 90% of WIU students come from Illinois
- Full-time faculty teach 93.5% of classes
- The student to faculty ratio is 15:1
- Our Traditions
- Our Vision, Mission & Values
- 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
|Annual Direct Cost:||$20,732.70|
- Western Commitment Scholarships
- Cost Guarantee
- Tuition & Fees
- Net Price Calculator (for freshmen and transfers)
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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
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.