Macomb, IL
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$15,188 ($11,182)
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Reviews 1019 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are okay, the records are not very good so it makes it hard to go and want to see a game. Hopefully this will change.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: There's always a bus to catch but depending where you are it can take awhile. Only one bus stop has a shelter.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Macomb is very small so many businesses can't last in this student town. We have many fast food restaurants and minimal sit down restaurants.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are great at answering questions, always go to the financial aid office with questions so you can be sure with what you are doing.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is overrated. No one respects Greeks, to many of them get into trouble. They put up stereotypes with makes others want to avoid them.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Teachers are pretty straight forward but they also have hearts. Always talk to them before assuming the worst, they've been in your same position. Cops are doing their jobs, don't be reckless and you'll be just fine. You chose to, live in the dorms so you will have to follow the rules

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Busses run all night during weekends. Still scary walking at night, always take a friend everywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of cops. I don't recommend going out underage. You will get caught. Stay at home and enjoy yourself no need to ruin your career before it starts. Bars are not very great, good every once in awhile but gets old fast

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I did not have any issue finding a home to live in during next years school year, close to town, close to a bus stop, great parking, huge four bedroom house, and the landlord is amazing. Very understand about money and loans.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: WIU harps many ethnic diversities. Many students come down from Chicago and we also work very closely with South Korea and other countries over seas. I have met wonderful people due to this ethnic diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus here is great besides having to share a bathroom with strangers, I really love having food options right at my fingertips and a bus stop right outside. Homework is also easy to complete with a lab connected to my building. I am certainly ready to get off campus and be an adult and to stop having everything handed to me.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There really is not much to engage in at WIU. All activities are either on campus and that's it. All off campus activities are un healthy and can require you to engage in negative behavior. All shopping or great dining is at least an hour away.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Those acting up will be caught.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boring town with little opportunity.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There could be more variety.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: WiFi runs very slow at times.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some professors are really considerate, others not.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is okay, just a tad harder to find a good looking apartment since some of the property owners don't take care of the houses and apartments.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My experience with financial aid is okay, its just a little hard to deal with when you limited on funds.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It is a good thing but not that bad. If you party every day on the weekends.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I mean the only time i have seen someone drink really is mostly on the weekends and on thursdays. The drug scene on campus I don't see so its not like its a very easy thing to get into.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They are strict. But they don't do it out of spite, they do it because of what has happened in the past on the campus.

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4 College Junior

Academics: They have good teachers and people to help you out when you don't understand even at late hours of the day.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: They have many different organizations, Im not that big on greek life but they don't treat any other person differently if your not in it.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Its very diverse you see many different types of people.


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Go West Bus System at Western Illinois University Go West Bus System at Western Illinois University Go West Transit offers public transportation for students and people in Macomb. There are campus routes and off-campus routes.
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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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