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"Best Midwestern College" & "Top Tier Midwestern University" Among WIU Honors


WIU offers students a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, many with high job placements. The University also provides its unique Cost Guarantee program, which freezes tuition, fees and room and board during four years of continuous enrollment.

WIU is:

  • A "Best Midwestern University" – 16 consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report
  • A "Best Midwestern College" – 17 years – The Princeton Review
  • A "Best for Vets College" – Military Times magazine
    • Western is the only Illinois public four-year university in the top 50 among four-year schools and is one of two Illinois public universities appearing on this year's four-year schools' list.

Additional recognitions:

  • #60 on top tier list of Best Regional Universities - U.S. News & World Report
  • Western is one of just three Illinois public universities appearing in the top 70.
    • #13 - Best Midwestern University
    • #40 - Best for Vets 4-Year Schools
    • #55 "Best Value School" (Midwest)
  • "Best in the Midwest" – Princeton Review
    • One of 158 regional universities
    • One of three Illinois public institutions
  • WIU is a "Best Bang for the Buck" Midwestern School – 2020 Washington Monthly College Guide
    • #12 among the top 25 Best Bang for Buck Midwestern Schools
    • Highest ranked Illinois public master's institution out of 164 nationwide in "Top Master's University"
    • One of 157 schools nationwide to be named to the "Best College for Student Voting" Honor Roll

Supporting Veterans

  • "Military Friendly School" for 11 consecutive years - Viqtory/Military Friendly
    • Bronze status
    • Only Illinois 4-year public school to obtain a top designation
  • 2020 "Best for Vets College" - Military Times magazine
    • #24 out of 134 in United States.
    • Only Illinois public institution in the top 50.
  • Visit our Veterans Resource Center for more details