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Discover A World of Opportunity at WIU

At Western Illinois University, you are the hero of your own story in a world full of opportunity. Through the lived experiences of our faculty and staff, we are able to connect and create unique learning opportunities for our students, enabling them to map their own future.

Admission is test optional—SAT/ACT scores are not required
Guaranteed 0% increase in tuition, fee and housing rates for your 4 years, with no out-of-state tuition
Our small class sizes allow you to have one-on-one mentorship from professors
94% of classes are taught by full-time faculty
18 years as a Best Midwestern College —Princeton Review
Classes available in Macomb, Quad Cities, and online

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Become a Future Leader at Western

  • 225+ student organizations
  • Our state-of-the-art Multicultural Center houses: Casa Latina Cultural Center, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, LGBT*QA Resource Center and the Women's Center
  • NCAA Division I athletics program with highest term GPAs
  • One of the largest digital gaming lounges in the Midwest 
I’ve met a lot of friends and I’ve also been given a lot of career opportunities from being involved. One of the best benefits is all of the connections that I’ve made. Go out and explore.

— Delilah
Political Science
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