Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL

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A place where you belong

Western Illinois University provides a place to succeed for anyone who dreams of getting a quality education. We’ve helped tens of thousands of students achieve those dreams by earning a Western degree. Become a future leader at Western by getting involved with our NCAA Division I athletics teams and more than 200 student organizations—or create your own!

With more than 96% of our classes taught by full-time faculty members in small class sizes, we’ve created an active learning environment for students across academic disciplines. Western offers two campuses where students can explore their educational goals. Macomb, Illinois, is home to our residential campus, located in a safe and welcoming college town. Moline, Illinois (Quad Cities), is home to our non-residential campus in a dynamic metropolitan area, where students can gain hands-on experience from industry leaders like Caterpillar and John Deere. Regardless of the campus you choose, classes are available in person, online, and in hybrid formats.

WIU’s academic programming is second to none:
• The School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration has an internationally known Criminal Justice/Public Safety program.
• Our Forensic Chemistry program is one of only six of its kind nationwide.
• Agriculture students get hands-on experience with over 300 acres of campus farmland, livestock, and state-of-the-art greenhouses.
• Education majors begin working with students as early as their freshman year.
• Chemistry students conduct cancer research in University labs.
• The Broadcasting program enables students to produce programming for ESPN in state-of-the-art, high-definition television facilities.

Through the lived experiences of our faculty and staff, we connect and create unique learning opportunities, enabling you to map out your own future. Our students leave not only with a degree but with the confidence to take on the world.



Ranked among the "Best Regional Universities in the Midwest" for 16 consecutive years | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked among the "Best Midwestern Colleges" for 17 years | The Princeton Review


Named a "Military Friendly School" for 10 consecutive years | G.I. Jobs magazine 


Ranked #1 among “Best Online Colleges Offering Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement Degrees” | OnlineU.com

At Western Illinois University, our small class sizes allow us to create an active learning experience that’s much more applicable to today’s world. We strive to remove any financial barriers students may face. As a result, our students gain opportunities that extend well beyond the boundaries of Macomb, Quad Cities, and Illinois. These efforts include:
• $10 million in scholarships awarded annually
• Locked-in tuition, fees, and room and board rates for all four years
• No out-of-state tuition rate
• Daily round-trip train service to and from Chicago’s Union Station, Macomb, and Quincy

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “When looking at universities, I chose Western due to its financial compatibility. I received a lot of scholarships, and the locked-in tuition rate made all the difference.”

    • Kat Davis
  • “No matter where you come from, Western is the place for you. You will fit in and feel at home. There are so many clubs and organizations and ways to get involved.”

    • Erbin Zejnuloski
  • “When I came to Western, I liked how much diversity I saw. Western is a family. Everybody is close. The faculty and staff are helpful, and the students are a diverse population. Everybody can fit in.”

    • Tatum Butler-Hill
  • “After just one year at Western, it’s already been one of the best experiences of my life. I feel like I’ve found a place where I belong.”

    • Angel Perez