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WIU is a "Best Midwestern College", "Top Tier Midwestern University" and "Military Friendly School" - apply now.

Happy Halloween

Have a spook-tacular time at RA Council's annual Haunted Housing (October 28-30). Area children can visit WIU's residence halls Oct. 30 to participate in the annual Safe Trick or Treat Program!

Discover Western Open House - October 29

Visit Western Illinois University and see for yourself just what a great place this is! Our next Discover Western Open House is October 29 - register today!

Attention students from western Illinois ... Western is YOUR University!

Visit Western and discover what YOUR University has to offer!

Our Signature Academic Programs

WIU has 12 Signature Programs noted for their size, unique area of concentration, or accessibility.


WIU ensures that your college years will be a good investment with its guaranteed four-year rate for tuition, fees, and room & meal plan.

Western Illinois University is All About Support!

Qualified students may be eligible for four year WIU Commitment Scholarships. View more information on scholarship support at WIU!

Supporting veterans and service members

The Fallen Soldiers 5K Fun Run/Walk raises funds for the Fallen Soldier's Scholarship every October, in honor of two WIU alumni who were killed in the line of duty, Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin.

Mascot Memorial Plaza Military Friendly

Discover Western Open House - Oct. 29

Discover Western open houses allow you to tour the Macomb campus, meet with academic and student services staff, talk with current WIU students and more – a great way for you to experience campus life and picture yourself at WIU. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Safe Halloween Programming - Oct. 30

Housing and Dining Services is sponsoring its annual Safe Trick-or-Treat program from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30. Children ages 2-12 are invited to trick-or-treat and/or play games in a safe environment. Guides will be provided through the residence halls. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Haunted Trail at Horn Field Campus - Oct. 30

We're hosting a Haunted Trail Oct. 30 at Horn Field Campus in Macomb. The event will be open from 6-7 p.m. for families and from 8-10 p.m. for adults. Admission is $5 per person, and individuals of all ages are welcome. Individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Hands Holding Haiti Fundraiser - Nov. 2

On Nov. 2 from 11am-2pm, join some of WIU's student organizations for the "Hands Holding Haiti" silk screening fundraiser in the University Union Concourse. Tote bags will be available for purchase, and individuals can also bring a t-shirt to silkscreen. All proceeds will be given to Partners in Health to benefit the residents of Haiti.

Annual Ethics Training for Employees - Due Nov. 2

All WIU employees are required to follow the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, which mandates that every employee participate in annual ethics training. Online ethics training must be completed between October 3 and November 2, 2016.

Mascot Memorial Plaza - Celebrate a Campus Tradition!

The Mascot Memorial Project is seeking donations to complete a new plaza in honor of WIU’s live English bulldog mascot, Colonel Rock. The new space will adorn a memorial wall featuring WIU’s past bulldog mascots, as well as displaying a timeline history of the live mascot program.

File Your FAFSA

WIU students: changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are now underway. Students are able to submit their 2017-18 FAFSA beginning Oct. 1 (previously, the date to submit was Jan. 1 of each year).

Veterans Services at Western Illinois University

We have a long and rich tradition of serving veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, and members of the National Guard. WIU provides numerous on-campus resources for veterans and military personnel, as well as the flexibility of academic program offerings, including online courses and the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program.

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