About WIU

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.

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Fast Facts

90% of WIU students come from Illinois
Full-time faculty teach 93.5% of classes
The student to faculty ratio is 15:1
Our Traditions
Our Vision, Mission & Values

Points of Purple Pride

  • The Princeton Review: Western ranked a β€œBest 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

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