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Why Should You Recruit at Western Illinois University?

"Sherwin-Williams likes to hire WIU grads because they are high quality, are hard workers, and are well prepared for the working world." - Catherine Catino, PHR

Western Illinois University (WIU) is located Macomb, a town of nearly 20,000 in west-central Illinois. Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of only 37 public universities ranked top tier "Best Regional University" by U.S. News and World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves more than 12,000 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois. One of the highlights of recruiting at Western is the ease of navigating a smaller campus, yet having access to thousands of students.

In addition to the U.S. News and Princeton Review acknowledgments, Western has received The Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification because of the University's commitment to service learning, and for three consecutive years, GI Jobs Magazine has designated WIU as a "Military Friendly School."

From offering bachelor's degrees in forensic chemistry, to housing one of the largest law enforcement programs of its kind in the nation, to providing the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program at an Illinois public institution, Western Illinois University offers a number of standout programs. Western offers 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education, as well as 10 pre-professional degree programs and 21 certificate programs. The breadth of degree programs makes WIU an ideal place to recruit future employees.

The students are what truly make Western a great investment for your recruiting program. WIU has a diverse student population (nearly 25 percent minority population). Nearly half of the student population hails from the Chicago area, while a large population of students come from numerous Illinois counties, other states and other countries.

Western Illinois students are academically successful and involved. In 2012, the mean undergraduate GPA was 3.04 on a scale of 4.00. Students participate in more than 250 clubs, organizations, and volunteer experiences. Along with academic programs and leadership opportunities, students actively participate in on-campus employment, part-time jobs, and internships. Nearly 20 percent of the student population holds on-campus jobs and many more hold employment off campus.

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Services available to Employers:

eRecruiting is an online recruiting system designed to connect employers with potential recruits from the WIU student and alumni populations. There is no cost to register. eRecruiting allows employers to post current job and internship postings directly to the system. For more information, visit the eRecruiting website.

Each year, WIU Career Development Center (CDC) hosts three career fairs (Fall Career Fair, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Career Fair, and Spring Career Fair). Visit the website  for more information.

On-campus interviews: If you are interested in interviewing students on the WIU campus, please call our office at (309) 298-1838 or email careers@wiu.edu. We have six recruiter interviewing rooms in the office, with the option to reserve other rooms on campus. We also have a room to conduct Skype interviews.

The CDC Staff is always looking for employer volunteers to speak to our University 390: Pre-employment Preparation class, as well as to conduct mock interviews with students. If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact our office.