Undergraduate Catalog

University Profile

WIU is dedicated to providing an affordable, accessible education. Western’s Cost Guarantee program, which was the model for the State of Illinois’ Truth-in-Tuition Program, ensures that students pay a fixed rate for tuition, fees, room, and meal plan during their years of continuous enrollment. WIU remains the only university in Illinois to guarantee all costs over a four-year period at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We back this with multiple, stackable scholarship opportunities, including the generous Western Commitment Scholarships.

The University offers 61 undergraduate degree programs (57 at the Macomb campus, 19 at the Quad Cities campus, and 19 online), 41 master’s/specialist degree programs, and 2 doctoral programs. The curriculum includes the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, fine arts, business, education, and a number of pre-professional and technical fields of study. Although most WIU students primarily come from Illinois, more than 1,000 are from out of state, and approximately 818 (Spring 22 figure) are international students. Between July 2020 and June 2021, 1,539 students completed undergraduate degree requirements.

Campus: Fifty-nine buildings are situated on more than 1,000 acres in Macomb. In addition, the University operates the Alice L. Kibbe Life Sciences Station on the Mississippi River, the Frank J. Horn Field Campus, and the University Farm, which provide research, hands-on and recreational facilities for students, faculty, and staff, as well as outreach opportunities for community residents. Western Illinois University— Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, which is comprised of three state-of-the-art buildings along the Mississippi River in Moline, provides hands-on learning opportunities along the river, at the Figge Museum, and more.

Costs: New students can attend Western Illinois University for approximately $28,100 in 2022–2023, including tuition, fees, room, meal plan, books, and personal expenses. Financial assistance is provided for qualified students. More than 81 percent of Western’s undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance. In 2021– 2022, more than $98 million total in financial assistance was distributed. Of that total, over $54 million was in the form of grants/scholarships which do not have to be repaid, and more than $44 million was through loans and campus employment. The average financial aid package for new students is $18,772.

Cultural Center: Students, faculty, and guest artists of the School of Music perform over 180 exhilarating concerts and recitals every year. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances, and more. The Department of Broadcasting and Journalism is at sports and breaking news events daily reporting on radio, TV, and the web. The University Art Gallery exhibits work by the talented WIU students and faculty, as well as nationally-recognized artists. The Bureau of Cultural Affairs (BCA) brings comedy, music, and magic to campus. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures, while the Women’s Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy. WIU’s student organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBT*QA) community provides resources, support and programming.

Libraries: University Libraries house extensive collections and provide regional archives, research assistance, lectures and special events. The libraries offer online database access to thousands of academic journals and publications, as well as Illinois Legal Aid Online. The main library, the Leslie F. Malpass Library in Macomb, provides an inviting environment for research and study. The Leslie F. Malpass Library Archives and Special Collections houses a treasure trove of university, community and regional history. The Special Collections document the cultural, economic and natural heritage of west central Illinois. WIU Archives includes regional materials, such as county and town histories, oral history tapes, diaries, letters, maps, photographs and newspaper clippings, along with a comprehensive digital image database, which can be found on its website at wiu.edu/libraries/archives. The Macomb campus also has two specialized branch libraries for music and curriculum. The WIU—QC campus houses a branch library, which provides access to the same materials as the Macomb libraries, as well as the Jeff Leibovitz Holocaust Collection.

Residence Halls: Residence halls on the WIU-Macomb campus provide more than 3,000 students with living and dining services. Several residence halls offer learning living communities, such as Honors, First Year Experience, major, and wellness. Grote Hall, featuring a state-of-the-art suite-style environment, is the University’s newest residence hall. Many off-campus housing possibilities, including fraternities and sororities, are open to upper-division students.

Sports: The University’s athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Student Organizations: More than 200 student organizations on campus represent a wide range of interests. Opportunities for participatory student governance are provided by the Student Government Association, Inter-Residence Hall Council, Panhellenic Council, Student Tenant Union, Black Student Association, Latin American Student Organization, International Friendship Club, and other organizations.

University Technology: WIU provides approximately 1,800 computers for use in classrooms, computer labs, computer resource centers, recreational spaces, and conference rooms throughout the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Detailed listings and a map of the computing facilities can be found on the WIU website (wiu.edu/ computerlabs/). The University also provides access to numerous software packages, the Internet, email, campus information systems, and other resources. Students have access to Mac and Windows computers, scanners, laser printers, and CD/DVD readers/ writers. Personal file storage is available via Google Drive (drive.g.wiu.edu), and 1TB of free file storage is provided to all students via an Office 365 account. The Digital Rec Center (wiu.edu/digitalrec/), open to WIU students, houses WIU–Macomb’s eSports Team and provides competitive gaming opportunities, console gaming, virtual reality stations, and more.

Western Illinois University—Quad Cities (WIU—QC): Western Illinois University offers several academic programs at its Quad Cities campus in Moline, Illinois. Undergraduate majors are offered in the following disciplines at WIU—QC: Accountancy; Civil Engineering; Communication; Electrical Engineering; Elementary Education; Engineering; Engineering Technology; English (Literature and Language, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing options); General Studies; Human Resource Management; Information Systems; Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Management; Mechanical Engineering; Psychology; Public Health; Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration; and Supply Chain Management. Several online undergraduate degree programs are available to Quad Cities area students, along with eighteen graduate degree programs and seven post-baccalaureate certificate programs offered at the WIU—Quad Cities campus.