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


WIU offers students a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, many with high job placements. The University also provides its unique Cost Guarantee program, which freezes tuition, fees and room and board during four years of continuous enrollment.

WIU is:

  • A "Best Midwestern University" – 14 consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report
  • A "Best Midwestern College" – 15 years – The Princeton Review
  • A "Best for College" – Military Times EDGE magazine
    • Eighth consecutive year
      • Western is the only Illinois public four-year university in the top 70 among four-year schools and is one of two Illinois public universities appearing on this year's four-year schools' list.

Additional recognitions:

  • #53 on top tier list of "Best Regional Universities" - U.S. News and World Report, 2019
  • Western is one of just three Illinois public universities appearing in the top 70.
    • #10 as a "Best Midwestern University"
    • #32 "Best for Veterans School" (Midwest)
    • # 52 "Best Value School" (Midwest)
  • "Best in the Midwest" – Princeton Review
  • One of 159 regional universities
  • One of two Illinois public institutions
  • WIU is a "Best Bank for the Buck" Midwestern School – 2018 Washington Monthly College Guide.
    • #13 among 385 Midwestern colleges and universities
    • One of three Illinois public universities in the Top 20 of Midwestern rankings.
  • #51 Best Master's Degree Granting Instituion Across the Nation

Supporting Veterans

  • "Military Friendly School" - G.I. Jobs" Magazine (Victory Media) for nine consecutive years
    • Bronze status
  • "Best College" – Military Times magazine
  • WIU is the only Illinois public four-year university appearing in the top 70, and is one of two Illinois public universities appearing on this year's four-year schools' list.
  • 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