Points of Pride Happy Valentines Day! residence hall life John Moon Ag Mech Show Signature Academic Programs Trilobite research Jazz NSSE Survey

Points of Purple Pride

WIU is a "Best Midwestern College", "Top Tier Midwestern University" and "Military Friendly School" - apply now.

And They Call It Puppy Love

Col. Rock Loves Western! Follow Rocky on Facebook and consider a donation to the Mascot Memorial Project.

Your Home Away from Home

The residence halls at Western provide students a place to build friendships and memories that last a lifetime. Each residence hall is more than a building; it's a community. Housing renewal is now underway!

Leatherneck Pride

John Moon, 101-year-old WIU Alumnus and Marine Corps Veteran, belts out the National Anthem in Western Hall.

What do you get when you cross a robot and a tractor?

A transfarmer! Check out all the latest in the ag industry at the largest student run ag mech show in the U.S.!

Our Signature Academic Programs

WIU has 12 Signature Programs noted for their size, unique area of concentration, or accessibility.

Rock of Ages

WIU Assistant Professor of Geology Thomas Hegna has been part of a team conducting research on what are believed to be the first-ever discovered trilobite eggs paired with a fossil of the segmented creature.

All that Jazz

The WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra, the top performing large jazz ensemble at Western, hosts the annual Jazz Fest this month.

Take the NSSE Survey

Check your WIU Gmail for an email from President Thomas; take the NSSE survey and be entered in a drawing to win an iPad Mini 4.

Apply Now for Admission to Western!

Apply for admission to the University and schedule a visit to our Macomb or Quad Cities campus today!

Cirque Zuma Zuma - Feb. 22

Cirque Zuma Zuma is a dazzling ensemble of African dancers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and more. Cirque Zuma Zuma is often described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil. Tickets are available by calling (309) 298-2900 or going online. WIU Students FREE with student ID.

Housing Renewal - Through Feb. 28

You have the rest of your life to live off campus... now is the time to build friendships that last a lifetime. Current students can renew their housing contract for the 2017-2018 academic year during Housing Renewal.

WIU Archaeological Field School - Apply by Mar. 1

The 2017 Archaeological Field School will focus on survey and excavations at the Orendorf and Rice Lake Terrace prehistoric archaeological sites along the Illinois River in Fulton County, Illinois. Field school students will enjoy a rare opportunity to participate in excavations at a significant Middle Mississippian site and an intriguing, multi-component (Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian) site.

International Bazaar - Mar. 4

Travel the world at the 44th International Bazaar! Visit booths that represent countries from all over the world, sample authentic cuisine, experience world music, performances by students, and a fashion show displaying beautiful traditional clothing. A Kids Craft Corner and an International Marketplace for purchasing souvenirs and goods will also be available.

Spring Career & Internship Fair - Mar. 7

The Career & Internship fair brings over 60 employers to campus hiring for a variety of jobs and internships around the country. Professional attire is required for entry into the fair. Make an appointment with the Career Development Center to have your resume reviewed or learn how to interact professionally with the recruiters.

Black Violin - Mar. 8

Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Performing live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013. WIU Students FREE with ID!

Mindfulness for Teachers and Student Personnel - Mar. 25

This professional development program for teachers will be held on March 25 at the WIU-Quad Cities campus and will give teachers the tools to help students focus their attention during class, reduce test-taking anxiety, and improve behavioral interactions in the classroom.

Discover Western - Open House Apr. 1

Come and Discover Western! Our free open houses allow you to tour the Macomb campus, meet with academic and student services staff, talk with current WIU students and more – a great way for you to experience campus life and picture yourself at WIU. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

"Making Citizens" - Sociology professor co-authors new book

Dr. Tawnya Adkins Covert, Professor of Sociology, has co-authored a new book on political socialization (the lifelong process by which we acquire political beliefs). It explores how people develop political values, attitudes & identities, and identifies suggestions for institutional change that would lead to "better" citizenship.

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