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Reviews 1211 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: There is no variety whatsoever. Every week it is pretty much the same options as the week before. I get really excited when the food actually tastes good because most of the time it is either under cooked, over cooked, or flavorless. Sbarros used to be my favorite place to eat until they started not cooking things all the way. Now I usually stick to Einsteins or Burger King.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I only received the Western Commitment Scholarship that any freshman can receive with the right ACT score and high school GPA. I had no problems receiving this scholarship. My advice is to work hard on the ACT because that is where I lacked and as a result only received a lower scholarship.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing process is wonderful as long as everyone is honest when they fill out the roommate survey. My roommate and I have become best friends and have roomed together for two years and will room again next semester. The housing in Thompson is much cleaner and more modern than Tanner, where I stayed my freshman year. However, I cannot get cell service to save my soul in that building. I either have to go into the stairwell or go outside which can be very inconvenient. The wifi can also be very temperamental but it has improved since last year. The food is not great and there is not a lot of variety but you learn to adapt. The times food is available is very rigid but the convenience store helps with that. Thompson houses both a c-store and a dining hall which can be quite convenient. Everyone is pretty friendly anywhere that I go.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It is not like high school where everyone is in cliches and there are so many different kinds of people.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel that our doctors could be better because they want to get kids in and out. But all and all there are many different ways that they help also.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I feel that you do a lot for the community as well as their parties are supposed to be nice. I am not in Greek Life but I have considered it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Even though we are not a high division school we still have good athletics and I feel we have an awesome gym.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have a house yet but all those that I know that has one loves it. I also know people that have apartments and they love them too. I am looking to get an apartment in the next year.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I do not party much and if I do I usually cannot find good parties but I know people that do.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its a lot of fast food chains but you can find some nice restaurants that are relatively inexpensive and have great food.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I feel that sure there are some things that need to be worked on but overall the administration does a good job of making sure that everyone is safe and happy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It is definitely not the worst food I have ever had. For the most part it is actually pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was given most of what I need but I am still looking for some more to cover overall cost of my schooling.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the way that the hallways and the rooms where set up in order to get a more welcoming feel.

2 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are far too easy, small work loads

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not much diversity between groups of guys and girls

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life opens many new doors

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls have a variety of options and they don't repeat certain meals too much. I like having a certain amount of money to spend instead of meals, but even the cheapest plan for me is too much to spend in one semester.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm is old, and it hasn't been updated a lot. It's also pretty far away from most classroom buildings. However, the RAs do a good job of creating floor communities so that everyone feels welcome.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Houses are everywhere and easy to get

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are different places to go to

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They are pretty strict but they are easy to get along with

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: they will give you the aid you need

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Sigma's has the best parties or the baseball house does too

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: everything is good but avoid the c-store


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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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