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Reviews 1243 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go to parties.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't have to apply for financial aid.

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

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

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

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The school is great and the campus housing is recommend

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of options that I know of, but I haven't looked into them. My scholarship requires that I live on campus to keep it.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options to choose from. Fairly reasonably priced, what you'd expect from local restaurants. Lots of options for fast food too. You'd probably want a car if you go out to eat, it'd be much easier to get there than taking the bus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Administration: Attendance policy is usually decided on by individual teachers. OPS is pretty good at helping out when there are problems in the dorms, and usually one warning is needed to cure the problem

3 College Student

Scholarships: I received the help i needed fairly quickly, but was quite mad that they did not inform me that my scholarships would have an impact on my loans already applied. I was receiving two subsidized loans, but when they added on my scholarship it changed to one small subsidized and a larger unsubsidized loan. They did not inform us on that, and we only found out when we looked at our billing statement.

College Student

Party Scene: I do not attend parties at school. I just don't like hanging around a lot of people I don't know

3 College Student

Campus Food: the food quality really varies between halls. Bayhen is pretty sub-par on food. A lot of the time the pizza's undercooked, they won't have everything ready by the time it opens, and it gets very busy and crowded in the serving area. The upperclassman dining halls are much better in terms of quality. Usually the prices in the dining halls are very reasonable, though there are times when you have to be careful about the prices. The C-stores are way more expensive though. The prices are way inflated, so you need to be careful on what you buy there.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: Tanner Hall is pretty well set up, the rooms are fairly large so it doesn't fell to cramped when living with someone. Tanner Hall has yet to be renovated like most of the other dorms on campus, so its a bit out of style and old. I also wish the furniture was movable. Only the bed is movable but you really don't have any options on where to put it since you can't move the dresser or desk. And Tanner is pretty far away from all of the academic buildings, the walk across the parking lot isn't so bad in the summer/spring, but its very unpleasant in the winter.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper than the dorms and as long as you communicate with the landlord, they usually do everything they can for you.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love off campus food, as long as you look there are tons of places

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Administration: Not many experiences but when I did encounter them, they made everything pretty easy for me.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have had nothing but minor hiccups each time but it was never really terrible. Not ever great either.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Party Scene: If you are into parties, the party scene is great. However, if you are a girl, never go to an Adam St. party alone.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Campus Food: Overpriced and not very good.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you are forced to live on campus, it is usually clean, the rules are enforced and they let you change roommates if you have problems. All dorms are close to class buildings and there is a wonderful bus system if your dorm us far away from your class. However, living off campus is cheaper and the convenience stores in the dorm buildings have their prices raised so high few can afford it. While the dorm rooms can be spacious, often times just having a dirty roommate often makes the room feel twice as small.

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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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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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