Walk this Way

You can be a part of the Leatherneck family! Check out WIU during the next Discover Western program on Oct. 13 - register today!

I Love a Parade!

Get ready for Homecoming 2014, Oct. 3-4, with events scheduled throughout the week.

Looking Back to Move Forward

President Jack Thomas delivered the 2014 State of the University Address as part of the Founders' Day Celebration Sept. 23.

Heading for the Goal!

Check out Women's Soccer - four home games this October at WIU's John MacKenzie Alumni Field! View the complete schedule for dates & times.

Welcome Class of 2018!

Proud freshmen showcase the signature Western "W" during move-in weekend.

Get Involved!

Did you know WIU has more than 250 student organizations? There's a group, activity, or cause for everyone!

We Got Spirit, Yes We Do!

Leatherneck traditions are alive and well on the Western Illinois University campus!

Points of Purple Pride

A "Best Midwestern College" and a "Top Tier Midwestern University" - apply now for admission!

Our Signature Academic Programs

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

Students on campus for a Discover Western Open House tour

Homecoming Weekend - Oct. 3-4

Alumni and friends will descend on the Western Illinois University campus, joining current students, to celebrate Homecoming 2014 - "A Hero's Homecoming. Who's Your Hero?".  For those graduating 25, 30, 40 or 50 years ago, weekend festivities are planned to celebrate classes of 1964, 1974, 1984 and 1989.

Horn Field Corn Maze - Opens Oct. 3

Autumn has arrived, and fall fun lies around every corn maze corner at WIU's Horn Field Campus. The popular corn maze will be open 8-10 p.m. every Friday & Saturday and 1-4 p.m. every Saturday & Sunday in October. A special Haunted Corn Maze will be available from 8-11 p.m. on Halloween Night. Admission: $5.

A Night with Rita Moreno - Oct. 9

The first female artist to ever win an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award, Moreno will share her life story of acting and singing, as well as her contributions to transcend the discriminatory practices of Hollywood. This free event will be held in the University Union Heritage Room.

Fall Leadership Conference - Register by Oct. 9

This one day event on Oct. 18 inspires student leader around campus to connect with others. This year's theme is Extreme Makeover: Leader Edition. Students are encouraged to register on Purple Post by October 9th. Contact Becky Collins for more info via email at rk-collins@wiu.edu or by phone at (309) 298-3232.

Discover Western - Oct. 13

Discover Western 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. 

Big Pink Volleyball - Register by Oct. 14

WIU's annual breast cancer awareness fundraising tournament will take place Oct. 20-23 on the WIU-Macomb campus. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and McDonough District Hospital's Mammogram and Other Cancer Screenings Program. Register by Oct. 14!

3rd Annual WIU Fallen Soldiers 5k - Oct. 18

Race registration is $25 (until Oct. 6), which includes a technical t-shirt, a finisher medal and a football ticket for the Fighting Leathernecks game versus Illinois State Oct. 18. After Oct. 6, registration is $35 (participants are not guaranteed a t-shirt, medal or football ticket).

MBA Program Available Entirely Online

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is now available to complete entirely online. Take courses in the traditional face-to-face format when your schedule allows. Take online courses when you need the flexibility. Either way, you'll have the same quality curriculum and the same great faculty.

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