Quad Cities Campus

Campus Welcome

What is 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 doctoral programs in educational leadership and environmental sciences.

Western Illinois University – Quad Cities offers more than 40 programs from accounting to zoo and aquarium studies. Can’t find the major that you want? You can also design your own plan of study in our innovative and highly individualized liberal arts and sciences and general studies degree programs.

When at Western, expect the best! Western Illinois University is nationally recognized for outstanding academic experiences. US News and World Report, Center for Student Opportunity, Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Magazine, Money Magazine, and Washington Monthly, to name just a few, rank us among the top tier of best regional universities. G.I. Jobs Magazine and Military Times EDGE magazine also designates Western as a top Military Friendly institution.

While enrolled at WIU-Quad Cities, you will be engaged in high-quality learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. You will apply what you learn in different settings ranging from internships to volunteer activity to service learning.

WIU-Quad Cities offers 24 student organizations, and is 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 daytime, 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, and over 75% of Western students receive financial assistance and/or scholarships. You can earn up to $10,000 annually for four years under Western Commitment Scholarships and that there are also Transfer Scholarships and opportunities for funding through graduate assistantships.

This is an exciting year for WIU, as we celebrate our newest addition. Phase II of the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus opens for classes August 25th, 2014. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the new campus features state-of-the-art technology, teaching and learning environments. You will make history as one of the first students to take classes in the new Phase II buildings.

Our future is now. We take great pride in our University and are excited that you are exploring THE public choice. Let us help you Build Your Future in your undergraduate and graduate studies and beyond. And let me be the first to welcome you as a Western Illinois University Leatherneck.


Joseph A. Rives, Ph.D.
Joseph A. Rives, Ph.D.
Vice President, Quad Cities and Planning
Western Illinois University
See Dr. Rives' curriculum vitae.