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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

The Summit League

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Missouri Valley Conference

  • Football

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

    They have a lot of food options around campus, they have three cafeterias and several convenient stores as well. Two of the three dining services offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the other only serves dinner. On the weekends they serve brunch which is my favorite because they offer all my breakfast favorites.

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  • 4
  • K. from Chicago, IL
  • May-15-2015 I am a current student here

    The dining halls are excellent. Corbin-Olson Halls have dining facilities although the C-store at Tanner has lots of delicious food items. You can never go hungry on campus!

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  • 3
  • Annaliese from Eola, IL
  • Jan-06-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is good most of the time, but there aren't very many healthy options. A majority of dining halls have a good variety of foods that make it easy to have a different meal each night of the week.

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  • 4
  • Christine from Chicago, IL
  • Dec-03-2014 I am a current student here

    The food on campus is great. In the Union there is Sbarro, Einstein Bros Bagels, and Burger king. In the 3 different dining halls, you can get healthy options, fresh fruit, salad, soup, burgers, etc. Also you can get pasta and chinese food: you pick the ingredients and they make it fresh :)

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  • 3
  • WIU student
  • Feb-16-2014 I am a current student here

    There is variety but the food becomes really repetitive. I have had other friends from different schools visit and they like our food but that's only because they don't have to eat it everyday. We have subs, pasta, buffalo wings on Wednesday, a healthy food section, a burger section, and a salad bar. The food is really overpriced. I think the food at our school is the most expensive out of all of the Illinois universities! Way to go Western. :(

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  • 4
  • Me from Mchenry, IL
  • Feb-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Very good, a little bit over priced but it is what it is and any student will most likely claim that the food at there university is expensive.

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  • 3
  • Lisa from Macomb, IL
  • Feb-11-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is not as bad as some say, students just need things to complain about. If you're looking into WIU, you've probably read bad reviews about the food. They are really working to make sure they offer exactly what the students want. The head staff members are very open to hearing students opinions. They are also getting better with providing vegetarian and gluten free options. Get to know the head chef in your cafeteria, they will hook you up.

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  • 2
  • Hillary from Macomb, IL
  • Jan-31-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is expensive and average tasting but the dining hall experience is a good way to meet new people. You can usually find something you find decent tasting. If you leave the freshman dining hall you can find way better choices. Also burger king, sabarro and Einstein's bagels are on the meal plan!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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  • 0
  • Rebecca
  • Nov-11-2013 I am a current student here

    Not personally involved in any sororities but there are plenty of sororities and fraternities to choose from.

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  • 0
  • Taren from Macomb, IL
  • Sep-12-2013 I am a current student here

    I would say join the sorority or frats. Im not in one but you get to know a lot of people from doing so, and they are a big thing here at WIU.

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