About Western

About Western Illinois University

Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and as one of 37 public universities ranked a "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University serves nearly 10,000 students at its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois. WIU offers an outstanding variety of in-demand bachelor's and master's degree programs, pre-professional programs, two doctoral degrees, and certificate programs. Download a copy of our Viewbook (PDF format) to learn more!

Virtual Walking Tour

Schedule a visit to see campus for yourself! Until then, check out this drone tour of our Macomb campus.

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

Map of WIU campuses


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

2018 Best Midwestern badge

  • "Best Midwestern University" - U.S.News & World Report
  • "Best Midwestern College" - The Princeton Review
  • "Top Illinois Public University" & "Best Value College in
    Illinois" - Niche.com
  • "Best Bang for the Buck" - Washington Monthly
  • "Military Friendly School" - G.I. Jobs Magazine
  • "Best for Vets College" - Military Times EDGE Magazine

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

Agriculture students

Athletics & Extracurriculars

Western Illinois University Intercollegiate Athletics is comprised of 19 NCAA Division I sports, while Campus Recreation at Western offers a variety of fitness opportunities, intramural sports programs and club sports.

More than 250 student organizations - from social to academic to special interest to Greek life - are offered through WIU's Office of Student Activities.

Home Away From Home

Students in a residence hall room

The residence hall experience Western provides more than just a home away from home. The dynamic communities within WIU's nine residence halls provide students a place to get immersed in college life and build lifelong friendships. Each residence hall is more than just a building...it's a community.

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