Macomb, IL
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$15,188 ($11,182)
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Reviews 1105 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Athletics: The school doesn't have a lot of school spirit so athletics aren't really a big thing.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have never had a problem with housing. As long as your floor isn't obnoxious then you won't have any problems. The rooms are fine for two people, and fit all my stuff fine. The fire drills at 3am aren't as much fun. The worst aspect is definitely the price. The fact that I can rent an apartment for the school year, which is way larger than a dorm, and pay thousands of dollars less is ridiculous.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is not as bad as everyone says. Sure its not great, but when you're hungry, its pretty decent. However, the hours of the dining hall are horrible. My first semester I had class from 11am to 1pm, which is lunch hours, then a 5pm to 8pm class, when dinner is. They also assume that because it is the weekend, we don't need to eat, and only open the dining hall for an hour and some places, and not at all in others.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are definitely lots of different people on campus, however white people and african americans are the main races. However, almost everyone at wiu is accepting of all races, and I have never witnessed any issues on campus involving race.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: I know people from almost every frat and sorority on campus, and honestly, they're not the nicest people. They are not very kind to people who aren't in Greek life, and act like they are better than everyone else. The vibe I got from Greek like was that fraternities are much nicer, and sororities are a joke, filled with girls who are stuck up and mainly rude.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I got quite a bit of financial aid my first semester at wiu, but after having one semester of poor grades then a semester of picking up the slack and passing everything, they still took away most of my financial aid. Even grants from the state. As for scholarships, you have to literally be homeless or a minority to receive those. They said I am not in need of financial assistance, when actually, I have no money.

3 College Junior

Majors: It's fairly easy to get into a major program, staying in it is the hard part. They are sometimes unnecessarily harsh, and do not put you on academic watch or probation like they should before threatening to remove you from a program.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Now that I am in my program, I love it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Macomb doens't have a million places to eat but there is enough variety. The prices aren't too bad dependingg on where you eat. I love Pizza HUt and Lins Garden. Buffalo Wild Wings arent bad either

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness isn't that bad. After all we have rules to help ensure our own safety. I wish however the campus security officers and local police wasn't so eager to catch students, especially minorities, doing wrong.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very expensive yet mandatory unfortunately. The bathrooms are awful. Its a fairly moderate process. The dorms are small, wel at least Tanner was. The best option for freshman is Bay/Henn. Im living in thompson next year so we'll see how it goes.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I've met some bright students here who are serious about doing something to improve their chances of success in life. Of course, for every one of those students, there are about four apathetic kids who just want to drink.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't go to these events. I really think that this school could do without athletics.

3 College Junior

Computers: There is only one lab that has the programs necessary for classes in my department. It's fine during the day, but when students are trying to get work done at night, they have problems with students who see it as a lounge.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The students are supposed to be following a school code of conduct when they live off campus. The thing is, they don't seem to enforce it at all. Nothing is stopping the students from acting like fools out in town. This causes some animosity with the residents.

4 College Junior

Diversity: This school has a lot of different races and nationalities, especially for a midwestern town. There is a noticeable population of foreign students that include Asian, Middle Eastern, and African students

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I'm older than most of the student body, and I don't party like these kids do. These students want very badly to re-enact what they see in movies about parties. Parties are often fifteen or so dudes playing beer pong in the front yard and blaring Dave Matthews Band while screaming "woo."

3 College Junior

Weather: It snows and sometimes it rains.

3 College Junior

Parking: It's alright. It's a little crowded with people who only need cars to go 4 blocks, though.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live in campus housing. However, I've seen the inside of some of the buildings and some of the rooms. They're really small. Thompson hall just recently received renovations that included some kind of glass windows that have been blocking cellphone signals.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I should note that I'm on the GI Bill. The veteran assistants on campus are extremely helpful.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Macomb is a small town that has a few bars and a movie theater. This town doesn't have the same options for nightlife as a larger city. Students frequently complain that there isn't anything to do here, but I suspect that college movies have built up the image of what "college fun" is supposed to be.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The students in this area are terrible. Students raise the cost of living in this area, and they wreck the houses they live in around here.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Students at WIU drink way too much.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Students frequently come to class stoned. Shameful


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Sam Chappelle
St. Charles
Economics and Spanish
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The vast majority of students say that they are pleased with their decision to come to Western. Despite a few complaints and frustrations, the overall feeling is that Western gives students great resources to achieve their academic goals and have fun. Perhaps the best parts of Western, according to students, are class sizes, the size of the student body, and the locked-in tuition rate. Students studying law enforcement will definitely be ready for their chosen career; many of the police in the area are Western alumni. Other students may be slightly disadvantaged if they choose to go to graduate school, depending on where they go and the intensity of the program. For example, many transfer students comment on the light course load and relatively easy curriculum at WIU. In addition, many other schools have larger class sizes and shorter office hours, which Western students will not be used to. However, as long as students keep this in mind, Western will prepare them for their future effectively.

Students at Western Illinois University are offered many outlets for academic, personal, and professional help. While a degree from Western alone doesn’t carry enough weight to grant admission into an extremely competitive graduate school, there are still opportunities to build an exceptional transcript. The relatively small student body makes getting involved easy; athletics, student government, and even scholarships are accessible to the average student. Moreover, the classes are small and teachers often strive to get to know students on a personal level. Macomb isn’t ideal for everyone, but it grows on most people by the time they graduate. Western has an optimal balance of academics, extracurricular activities, partying, and athletics. While it doesn’t excel at any particular area, it provides students with a balanced college experience.

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