Welcome, Leatherneck!


Welcome to Western Illinois University!

Scroll this page for everything you need to know to get started, including making the grade, getting involved, understanding your responsibilities as a Leatherneck, knowing your campus, your community, and showing your Leatherneck pride by downloading wallpapers for your phone, tablet and laptop.


Make the Grade


As a Leatherneck, we want you to succeed.

Consistent with Western's commitment to academic excellence, there are many resources, services, and programs designed specifically to assist you in realizing your academic potential.


Get Involved


Getting involved helps you meet others, build leadership skills and achieve academic success.

Involvement and leadership opportunities are a vital part of the college experience and set students apart from one another when leaving Western Illinois University. Studies have shown students who are involved in different types of leadership activities are more likely to succeed and persist in college and beyond. Use Purple Post to stay up-to-date with all events and learn more about the hundreds of organizations on campus.


Know your Responsibilities


Understand your responsibilities to help us fulfill ours.

Full-time, part-time and student staff live and work in the residence halls and are available to advise, assist and support you. You will also be surrounded by your professors, advisors, and other university staff members who will be supporting you through your academic journey. It is important that you understand your role and responsibilities that come with being a student of Western Illinois University, to help us fulfill ours.


Know your Campus


Explore all that Western Illinois University's campus has to offer.

The college experience offers many new and exciting challenges. It is important to realize you are not alone in dealing with these new and perhaps unfamiliar situations. There are many people and services available on our campus to help ease your transition. Whether you are an incoming freshman or an incoming transfer student, we encourage you to begin your future at Western by learning about the campus and its many programs, services, and resources. These resources will continue to provide assistance throughout the year as you adjust to academic and campus life. We wish you much academic and personal success!


Know your Traditions


Traditions are an important part of the Leatheneck culture.

Colonel Rock III, Purple & Gold Day, our Student Creed, and our Fight Song are just a few of the many traditions that make Western Illinois University unique. Learn more about our traditions below!


Know your Community



As a Western Illinois University student, you are also a member of the Macomb community.

Take a walk around the town square to meet up with friends at the coffee shop, visit eclectic shops and boutiques, or hit up the Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays and Thursdays for fresh produce or homemade desserts. Be sure to check out the Macomb Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau website for all of the latest events!


Show your Leatherneck Pride


Leatherneck Wallpapers

Show your Leatherneck pride by downloading one of the images below and changing the background of your laptop, phone or tablet!