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Welcome to Western Illinois University-Quad Cities

Dr. Joseph A. RivesWe are proud to be THE Public Choice for the Quad Cities by emphasizing quality, opportunity, and affordability. We proudly serve all levels of the college experience--starting with the freshman year and continuing all the way through the doctoral program in educational leadership. Our programs of study are organized around four colleges. Check them out and see what Western has to offer.

What you will find is that Western has programs from accounting to zoo and aquarium studies and that the University is nationally recognized for providing outstanding academic experiences, and our commitment is consistently recognized. US News and World Report, Center for Student Opportunity, Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Magazine, and Washington Monthly, to name just a few, rank us among the top tier of best regional universities. G.I. Jobs Magazine also designates Western as a Military Friendly institution.

At WIU-Quad Cities you will be engaged in high-quality learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Western is one of 120 colleges and universities nationally recognized by the President's Honor Roll for the highest levels of distinction in community engagement. At WIU, you will apply what you have learned in different settings ranging from internships to volunteer activity to service learning.

WIU-Quad Cities offers more than 30 programs of study, 20 student organizations, and serves as the home to WQPT-Quad Cities Public Television. Over 95% of Western classes are taught by full-time faculty and students receive personal attention with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. WIU-Quad Cities offers an impressive array of day, evening, weekend, and online classes and support services to best serve student needs.

The WIU Cost Guarantee assures that undergraduate and graduate students pay the same tuition and fee rate for four years. WIU is committed to affordability. Over 75% of Western students receive financial assistance and/or scholarships.

This is an exciting year for WIU, as we celebrate our newest addition. The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus opened for classes in January 2012. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, and similar to our 60th Street location in Moline, Illinois, the new campus features state-of-the-art technology, teaching and learning environments. This fall we will begin Phase II on the Riverfront Campus; this will support five interconnected buildings.

Our futures are now. We take great pride in our University and are excited that you are exploring THE public choice.


Dr. Joseph A. Rives
Dr. Joseph A. Rives
Vice President
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
See Dr. Rives' curriculum vitae.