Student Life

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 in 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 nearly 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 66 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 (over 26 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 2013, the mean undergraduate GPA was 3.11 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.

Services available to Employers:

Leatherneck Link 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. Leatherneck Link allows employers to post current job and internship postings directly to the system. For more information, visit the Leatherneck Link website.

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP: If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor for the WIU Student Development and Success Center (SD&SC) Career Development, below are the available options. By becoming a sponsor, your donations will help to fund our Internship Scholarship Program that will help students that must take an unpaid internship with some of their living expenses.

Sponsorship Levels: (sponsorship is for one calendar year, from January to December)

Platinum Sponsor: ($1,000 - for 1 year) Employer will receive admission to both career fairs (with priority space), logo on the career fair map, free use of meeting rooms, recognition as a sponsor at SD&SC held events, their corporate logo on the  SD&SC Career Development homepage (with a link to their homepage).

Gold Sponsor: ($500 - for 1 year) Employer will receive admission to one career fair (either fall or spring), their corporate logo on the SD&SC home page (with a link to their homepage), and recognition as a sponsor at SD&SC Career Development held events.

Silver Sponsor: ($250 - for 1 year) Their corporate logo on the SD&SC homepage (with a link to their home page).

CAREER FAIRS: Each year, WIU SD&SC Career Development hosts multiple career fairs. Visit the career fairs website for more information or call the office, (309) 298-1838

ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS: If you are interested in interviewing students on the WIU campus, please call our office at (309) 298-1884 or email 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 SD&SC Career Development 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.