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Veterans Services at Western Illinois University

August 26, 2016

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- Western Illinois University has a long and rich tradition of honoring and serving veterans and active members of the armed forces. The University 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 (BGS; formerly called the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts) degree program.

The University's Veterans Resource Center on the WIU-Macomb campus provides streamlined services and resources in a centralized location to ensure all veterans, guard members, reservists and active duty personnel receive individual assistance with any question or concern they may encounter. Students gain direct access to a comprehensive array of services such as VA benefits, financial assistance, disability resources, health care, career development and personal wellness.

In addition, the Quad Cities Testing Center at the WIU-QC campus offers testing services such as CLEP and DSST testing that is available to veterans and military personnel.

Western is recognized by the U.S.News and World Report for offering a "Best Online Bachelor's Program for Veterans." Western placed 57th out of 185 schools across the nation and is the only Illinois public university to appear in the top 60 online bachelor's program rankings, and for the fourth consecutive year, WIU's distance learning program was recognized by U.S.News 2015 Best Online Program rankings.

For the seventh consecutive year, WIU has been named a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

For the sixth consecutive year, WIU has been selected as a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times EDGE magazine. Western, ranked 15th, is the only Illinois public university in the Top 25. Western has also been selected by Military Times as a "Best for Vets Business School." WIU's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is ranked 36 out of the top 64, and Western is the one of only two Illinois public institutions appearing in the Top 50.

Visit the Veterans Resource Center for more information, including G.I. Bill information. A comprehensive list of online degree programs, which offer flexible learning opportunities that are perfect for active service members and veterans, can be found at

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