Our Past and Our Present
Established in 1899, Western Illinois Normal and Training School opened its doors Sept. 23, 1902 to 229 students. Throughout the years, Western Illinois grew and its name changed from Western Illinois State College to Western Illinois University on July 5, 1957.
Today, Western Illinois University offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, pre-professional programs, a doctorate degree in education, and certificate programs to more than 12,200 students.
Western Illinois University’s residential campus is located in Macomb, Illinois. Our non-residential, metropolitan campus is located in the Quad Cities/Moline, IL.
- The Princeton Review: Western ranked a “Best Midwestern College” A Best in the Midwest College
- U.S. News & World Report: WIU recognized as a top tier “Best Regional University”
- G.I. Jobs Magazine: Western Illinois named a “Military Friendly School”
- Military Times EDGE Magazine: WIU named “Best for College”
- Forbes: Western listed among the best of 650 institutions in the country
- Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
- U.S. President’s Honor Roll for Service