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WIU Again Named "A Best in the Midwest College" by Princeton Review

July 29, 2009

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – For the sixth consecutive year, Western Illinois University has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected Western as one of 158 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region." According to The Princeton Review, the 640 colleges named "regional best(s)" represent only about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

In addition to academic data, information about each school was gathered through anonymous surveys distributed on campus and online. According to the Princeton Review's website (, Western's academic programs and faculty received high marks from the surveyed students. "Most professors I have encountered seem genuinely pleased to go out of their way to help you," relates a physics major. "The administration is very helpful. You can e-mail the school president at any time," swears a geology major, "and he will read your e-mail, and reply." While students described the campus life at WIU as: "A very homelike atmosphere," "fun events" and "plenty of organizations." "There's a club or sport here for everyone," promises a sophomore.

"This is just another indicator of the quality affordable education, which includes outstanding academic programs and a vibrant student life program, Western offers to its students," said Western President Al Goldfarb.

Western is the only university in Illinois with a Cost Guarantee program which freezes tuition, fees and room and board rates for incoming students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Western's program is the model for the state's truth-in-tuition program.

In addition to Western's Cost Guarantee and other financial incentives, Western offers a special admission program to students who wish to enroll in school, but have not achieved the minimum requirements for general admission. Among the entering freshman class of approximately 1,800 each year, Western admits 300 new freshmen who show academic promise but do not meet all minimum entrance standards.

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