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"Best Midwestern College" & "Top Tier Midwestern University" Among WIU Honors


WIU offers students 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degrees on its two campuses, in Macomb and the Quad Cities. The University also offers a Cost Guarantee program, which locks in tuition, fees and room and board during four years of continuous enrollment.

Visit wiu.edu/commitment to see if you qualify for one of our many automatic scholarships.

WIU is:

  • A "Best Midwestern University" – 12 consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report
  • A "Best Midwestern College" – 13 years – The Princeton Review
  • A "Best for Vets College" – Military Times EDGE magazine
    • Seventh consecutive year
      • WIU ranked 13th and is only Illinois public university in the top 50

Additional recognitions:

  • 49th on top tier list of "Best Regional Universities" - U.S. News and World Report, 2017
    • One of two Illinois public universities in U.S. News and World Report top tier list top 50
    • Ninth as a "Best Midwestern University"
  • "Best in the Midwest" – Princeton Review, one of 156 regional universities and one of three Illinois public institutions
  • WIU is a "Best Bank for the Buck" Midwestern School – 2016 Washington Monthly College Guide:
    • Ranked 37th among 376 Midwestern colleges and universities
    • Ranked in the top 7 percent and among six Illinois public universities in the top 50
    • WIU achieves ranking for the fourth consecutive year
    • WIU is 91st among 343 master's degree-granting institutions
  • WIU is fourth out of 10 Illinois public schools as a top Illinois public university – Niche.com
    • Ranked in top 25 of best value colleges in Illinois
    • WIU is one of five Illinois public universities in "Top 25 Best Value" category among 35 public and private universities
  • WIU is third of 11 public schools in Illinois and ninth of 50 Illinois schools – The Economist
  • "Best Midwestern Regional University" and "Best Online RN to BSN" degree program – College Choice
    • WIU is among three Illinois public universities ranked in the top 50
    • WIU is one of two Illinois public university nursing programs in the top 50

Supporting Veterans

  • "Military Friendly School" - G.I. Jobs" Magazine (Victory Media) for eight consecutive years
    • "Gold" school status in "Large Public School" category
    • List honors top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools who embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students
  • "Best for Vets Business School" – Military Times magazine
    • WIU Master of Business Administration (MBA) program ranked 36 of top 64
    • WIU is one of only two Illinois public institutions appearing in the top 50
  • WIU designated a "Top School" in the Military Advanced Education (MAE) "2017 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities"
  • Visit our Veterans Resource Center for more details