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Western Illinois University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 978 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 11 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

50% Women
50% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Missouri Valley Conference

  • Football

The Summit League

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $83,735)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $58,264)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 91 70 Yes -
Baseball 38 - - -
Basketball 13 15 - Yes
Football 99 - - -
Golf 12 11 - Yes
Soccer 33 27 Yes Yes
Softball - 24 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving 10 13 - -
Tennis 7 4 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 13 Yes Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Bowling - - Yes Yes
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 7.9%
Hispanic 4.6%
Non-resident alien 3.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.7%
Two or more races 1.0%
White/non-Hispanic 76.9%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Pep Band
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 110
Liquor Law Violation 227
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 9
Property Crime 47

Notable Alumni

  • Bryan Cox, NFL player
  • Herb Donaldson, NFL player
  • Jason Williams, NFL player
  • Robert Nardelli, Former chairman/CEO of Chrysler
  • Rodney Harrison, Former NFL player
  • David Bowens, NFL player
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Meghan from Frankfort, IL
  • 4
  • The residence hall rooms themselves are a great size where two people can live comfortably and four if you are in a suit. Some are co-ed (by floors) and very…

  • Jan-08-2012 Read More
  • Levi from Kokomo, IN
  • 5
  • all dorms are great and they are even going under renovations these next few years. wifi all throughout each building along with laundry rooms and dining centers.…

  • Feb-21-2012 Read More
  • James from Sterling, IL
  • 4
  • when one is not in class, they spend most of their time in the residence halls. wiu's dorm life is both exciting when you're looking for fun, and peaceful for…

  • Feb-21-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Mary from Mason City, IL
  • Jan-17-2018 I am a current student here

    The food is good, and between four different residence halls there are a lot of options to choose from!

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  • 3
  • Estefania from Chicago, IL
  • Nov-12-2017 I am a current student here

    There is always a variety of food options, however once you're set in, you start to see the options are more limited.

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  • 3
  • Atalia from Springfield, IL
  • Mar-09-2017 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I have only eaten their food once, but I can vouch I have seen their diverse menus. The food I ate was really good, but I won't speak too much since I'm so limited to information and experience. I can say however, they do offer a section open to the public that you can cook or bake your own food if you choose to! They give you pots, pans, and any utensils you need.

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  • 5
  • m from fox lake, il
  • May-03-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    a wide variety of food all around campus plus convenience stores scattered around.

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  • 2
  • vicky
  • Apr-28-2016 I am a current student here

    there are dining halls in each residence halls, but they all have different timings. they mostly serve junk food as in chips, soda, candy, and others. the breakfast is delicious and the dinner also sometimes can be delicous but sometimes contain greasy food. they also have a c-store that runs until 11pm.

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  • 3
  • Joshua from Belvidere, IL
  • Feb-04-2016 I am a current student here

    The food is honestly not that bad. Is it the best? Not by a long shot. But the horror stories you hear about school food do not exist here. They try to mix things up over the week and have many different options to choose from.There are occasional nights where I don't want anything, but those are very few. Also we have a BK, Sbarros's, and Einstein's Bagels. The restaurants in town are very good though. Good greasy unhealthy food.

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  • 4
  • Christina from Oak Lawn, IL
  • Feb-01-2016 I am a current student here

    I would have to say that the food is here is some of the best food that I have eaten on a college campus. There is always something new to eat along with the traditional foods. There are also specialty days for food like Mexican Mongo or Chopped salads.

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  • 4
  • Brittany from Alvin, IL
  • Feb-01-2016 I am a current student here

    The food and dining here is actually good. Being away from home, you're not going to get full course meals, but the food here at Western is filling and allows you to get a good meal.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Mary from Mason City, IL
  • Jan-17-2018 I am a current student here

    Being in Greek Life at WIU is the best decision I've made in college. The fraternities and sororities here are small enough that you get to know your brothers and sisters, but still big enough to have houses on campus. It's a great way to make connections!

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  • 0
  • vicky
  • Apr-28-2016 I am a current student here

    the greek life is very big here on campus, many houses and they take things very seriously.

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  • 0
  • Christina from Oak Lawn, IL
  • Feb-01-2016 I am a current student here

    I am a part of greek life on campus and have been for the past two years. Seeing the relationship between the different chapters on the campus is amazing and it is interesting to see it continue to change each year.

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  • 0
  • Andrew from Harvel, IL
  • Feb-01-2016 I am a current student here

    GO GREEK! Don't listen to all of the negative stereotypes. Find out for yourself. I wrote a paper in high school about how frats and soros are plagues to society. I am currently the President of Sigma Pi Fraternity here at WIU. Fraternities and Sororities raise millions of dollars for philanthropies, and donate countless hours of community service to their communities. You truly are a part of something bigger. Don't miss out on a great opportunity. If you don't like how people view Greek Life, join and change it. I'll be right there with you.

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  • 0
  • Luis from Elgin, IL
  • May-21-2015 I am a current student here

    There are plenty of Greek organizations for everyone and they host various events around campus for everyone to enjoy.

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  • 0
  • WIU student
  • Feb-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Western has an excellent Greek life. As far as traditionally white sororities and fraternities we have practically everything you can think of. Latinos have sororities and fraternities on campus and there are various male African American fraternities (Alphas, Q Dogs, Kappas, Betas). There are two African American female fraternities (AKAs, Zetas).

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  • 0
  • Lisa from Macomb, IL
  • Feb-11-2014 I am a current student here

    There is a pretty big Greek life at Western. It looks like it can be a lot of fun and worth while, just be sure to choose carefully.

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  • 0
  • Hillary from Macomb, IL
  • Jan-31-2014 I am a current student here

    I find greek life a joke but there's a big greek community that LOVES what they're doing. to each their own.

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