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More MHS Seniors Considering WIU

October 10, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- For most of Macomb High School's (MHS) seniors, Western Illinois University has been a part of their lives for 18 years. Some students dream of going away to college, without ever considering the options available close to home. This year, however, more Macomb seniors are looking to stay local to continue their education. Western has seen an increase of 40 Macomb seniors who have applied to WIU.

According to Andy Borst, director of admissions, at this time last year, only 15 MHS had applied at Western, with a total of 46 admitted for Fall 2013 by the end of 2013. So far this fall, 55 (out of 128) MHS students have applied for Fall 2014.

"The students we're seeing from Macomb High have impressive academic credentials, and we're pleased so many of our local seniors recognize they can receive a stellar college education right in their own backyard," Borst noted.

Thus far, four MHS students have been offered Centennial Honors Scholarships for Fall 2014, while 26 have been offered Commitment Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

"A few years back when we were doing an in-depth review with consultants regarding our admissions and recruiting processes, we realized we needed to do more right in our own backyard. I think we took it for granted that students at Macomb High and other schools within our region knew about Western and what we have to offer," Borst added. "While we continue to recruit throughout the state, and beyond, we now have a more concentrated effort here at home, as well. The students at Macomb High and other schools in west central Illinois are well-prepared for college, and we're here to make their academic experiences the best they can be."

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