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Get Involved on Campus
Students spend plenty of time outside of the classroom, and WIU-QC has a variety of student organizations and activities to help develop a sense of community on campus whether you are a traditional or nontraditional student. The wide variety of organizations help students grow academically and professionally, and expand the community by giving back to the Quad Cities through volunteer work, mentoring programs, and more.
- Biology, Zoo and Aquarium Graduate Student Organization
- Chicago and Quad Cities Beta Alpha Psi
- Blue Key Honor Society
- Chi Sigma Iota
- Counseling Association
- Communication Student Society
- Golden Key International
- Graduate Experience in Museum Studies
- Interdisciplinary English and Arts Society
- Kappa Delta Pi
- Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Organization
- Society of Accountancy
- Society of Business & Technology
- Society of Educators
- Student Recreation Association
- Association of Latin American Students
- Black Student Association
- Student Government Association
- Student Emissaries
- WQPT Ambassadors (summer opportunity)
WIU-QC Honors Programs
The WIU-QC Honors Program is only the beginning of a personal, academic, and professional journey centered around the student's abilities, interests, and academic and professional objectives. With enriching experiences ranging from internships to peer tutoring to research collaboration with faculty and community professionals, students will reach their academic potential in a supportive and close-knit environment that pushes students to think critically and make connections across academic disciplines. Visit wiu.edu/honors.
Beyond Campus: Studying Abroad
WIU-QC students can enrich their academic experiences by taking advantage of a wide range of educational opportunities at any time of the year in countries like Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.
Financial Aid can be applied to the WIU programs, and programs can be found in English-speaking countries or students can challenge their language skills in countries where English is not the predominant language. For frequently asked questions and more information on how to apply for various programs, visit wiu.edu/international.
Get Involved in Your Community
The Quad Cities region has the excitement of a big city with the hospitality of a small town. The award-winning museums and cultural centers, internationally-recognized festivals, beautiful riverfront, delicious dining options, and a vibrant nightlife means there's always something to do. wiu.edu/qc/organizations
- Bix 7-Mile Road Race and Jazz Festival
- John Deere Classic PGA Tour Event
- Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
- The Great River Tug Fest
- Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts
- VIVA Quad Cities
- RAGBRAI Bicycle Tour
- Rock Island Grand Prix
- Ya Maka My Weekend
- Gumbo Ya Ya
Watch. Explore. Engage. WQPT: Your Local PBS Station
WQPT is the WIU-QC-owned public television station. WQPT's Ambassadors represent public television in the Quad Cities. Ambassadors are enthusiastic college students seeking an exciting summer volunteer opportunity. They run cameras in the studio, work with children and participate in local festivals.
Attractions in the QCs
- Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show: Professional water ski show on the Rock River.
- Niabi Zoo: Home to more than 900 animals including Asian Elephants, large cats, zebras, giraffes, and more…
- Ski Snowstar: Downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, lessons, and equipment rentals… 25 minutes from Moline.
- Celebration Belle: Largest non-gaming riverboat on the upper Mississippi. Cruises available.
- Channel Cat Water Taxi: Makes stops at the Celebration Belle Landing and John Deere Commons Landing.
- Bald Eagle Watching: Each winter, up to 2,500 bald eagles make their home along the Mississippi River.
- The Figge Art Museum: Home to some of the Midwest's finest art collections.
- The Putnam Museum: Hands-on exhibits, 14 animatronic dinosaurs, and a 3,000-year-old mummy.
- Isabel Bloom Studio: Tour the studio to see behind-the-scenes.
- John Deere Pavilion & Store: Deere museum and souvenir shop.
- John Deere Harvester Works: Behind-the-scenes view of combine production through a factory tour.
- Deere & Co. World Headquarters: Exhibits open to the public during normal business hours.
Watch. Explore. Engage. WQPT: Our Local PBS Station
WQPT is the WIU-QC-owned public television station. WQPT's Ambassadors represent public television in the Quad Cities. Ambassadors are enthusiastic college students seeking an exciting summer volunteer opportunity. They run cameras in the studio, work with children and participate in local festivals. wqpt.org.