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Western Illinois University

Founded in 1899, Western Illinois University, or WIU, is a public university in the United States. The main campus is located in Macomb, Illinois, whereas Western Illinois University - Quad Cities is in Moline, Illinois. The US News and World Report (2006 edition) ranked WIU 70th among all public masters universities and 24th among 70 public universities in the Midwest. WIU was also recognized by The Princeton Review (2004, 2005, and 2006 editions) as one of the “Best in the Midwest Colleges”. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Centennial Honors College
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Technology
  • College of Education and Human Services
The men's sports teams are nicknamed the Fighting Leathernecks and the women's sports teams are known as the Westerwinds.

Profile of Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL is home to Western Illinois University. Macomb is a self-contained town. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Western Illinois University go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in media, nutrition and exercise therapy, and security and law enforcement.

Western Illinois University Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Western Illinois University has 13, 331 enrolled students.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Western Illinois University offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Gateway Football Conference and Mid-Continent Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Western Illinois University, a community of individuals dedicated to learning, will have a profound and positive impact on our changing world through the unique interaction of instruction, research, and public service as we educate and prepare a diverse student population to thrive in and contribute to our global society. "

Western Illinois University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching514elementary school teaching, reading teaching, school Counselling, special ed, educational administration, instructional media design, health teaching, college student Counselling, . . .
Liberal Arts468liberal arts and sciences, history, English, sociology, political science, economics, liberal arts and humanities, Spanish language, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement434criminal justice and administration
Business and Management366business management, accounting, marketing, finance, MIS, logistics, managerial economics, human resources
Media267communication studies, radio and television, journalism, printing equipment operation
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy243parks and recreation management, exercise science, sports and fitness management
Science160biology, chemistry, physics, geology, meteorology
Therapy and Counselling140psychology, communication disorders, school psychology
Family and Social Work118family and consumer science, social work, community organization
Agricultural Science and Management89agriculture
Computer Science and Engineering55computer and info science
Real Estate and Construction Management45construction management
Music41music, music performance
Engineering Technician38manufacturing tech, industrial tech
Art Studies35art studies
Drama and Performing Arts18drama, various performing arts
Medical administration10health care administration
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy
Fine Arts7fine arts
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Contact: Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University

1 University Circle

Macomb, IL 61455

General Phone: (309) 295-1414


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