Undergraduate Catalog

About Western Illinois University

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU’s traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural, and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities commuter branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region. The main campus is located in Macomb, the McDonough County seat, 40 miles east of the Mississippi River. The city has a population of approximately 15,100. Two U.S. highways, 136 and 67, intersect at Macomb and provide direct access to Interstates 74, 80, and 55. Rail passenger service is available twice daily from Quincy and Chicago to Macomb. Western Illinois University—Quad Cities is located in Moline, Illinois, which is approximately 80 miles north of the main campus in Macomb.

The WIU-Macomb campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education. The WIU-Quad Cities campus offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, commuter campus. Employing an outstanding, diverse faculty and staff committed to multicultural and international education, Western Illinois University offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study to approximately 7,500 students from Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. Providing excellent instruction is the highest priority of the University’s 505 faculty members. The faculty is responsible for 96 percent of the total student credit hours earned at the undergraduate level. Although primarily dedicated to teaching, WIU faculty members participate in extensive research and creative activities.

With more than a century of growth and development, and more than 140,000 living alumni around the globe, Western Illinois University maintains a strong sense of community and historic commitments to student access, affordability, and success. Western has been recognized for several years as a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review.