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Reviews 1499 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall my experience at Western as been great!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Students are really focused and dedicated when it comes to getting degrees in their major fields.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have boxes all around campus where we can press it and it will call the police in case of a emergency.

5 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is very big at our school, student get very involve and you see the stands filled with students on many game days for every sport.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school is great, I had a wonderful experience when it has come to inside and outside of the classroom. My major department is so awesome and my professors are so helpful and they love what they do/teach just like I love learning about political science. Which is one of the many reason I excel in everything I do especially when it comes to my major I wanted to learn as much as I can and do as great as I can because in the future it will be well worth it!!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks have nice housing , from no-Greeks view Greeks can be looked at as thinking they are better than others or popular.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Me personally I don't pay much attention to athletica on campus but many people on campus are very involved and the school definitely has school spirt

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At Western I had a pretty good experience my first year. I met great people , I enjoyed myself ,

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are plenty of parties to go to on the weekend, and many times girls get in free to the parties but boys have to pay. Sometimes the parties get loud, and the police can be called, but not very often does that happen. Many of the parties are walking distance from the dorms, and late into the night a bus runs that hits every bar in town to take you back to the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are lots of parties to go to nearly every weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Many of the teachers are very supportive and actively try to help you with your work. They try to get students to participate in department events, and many times try give a workload that isn't horrible. They try to give you a good amount of time to finish assignments, and its very doable if you don't save them for the last minute. There is also a wide variety of classes to take both in and out of your major, such as scuba diving, stress relief, wine making, and creative writing.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many international students on campus and many diverse professors. Many religions are represented in some way either on or off campus, and everyone I have interacted with are very accepting of the LGBTQ+ community.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The school really cracks down hard on marijuana use in the dorms, but things like alcohol are a bit more abundant. It's tough to get if you don't have a friend over 21, and most people are smart enough to enjoy it behind locked doors in the dorms. All the upperclassmen dorms allow alcohol in your room as long as you and your roommate are over 21.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professors' teaching methods were not easy to understand. Sometimes they would test us on concepts they barely skimmed over. However, other professors were very supportive and encouraging as long as you actually did the work.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are a LOT of woods and trees around campus, so walking around at night can be scary. Blue light security boxes are pretty well placed, but could be more visible. The walkways could have better lighting, but its also okay.

Near Thompson Hall the lighting is worse, and could use an upgrade.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The upperclassmen dorms are quite close to the academic buildings, so depending on your major and which dorm your at you may be relatively close to your classes. The freshman dorms are the farthest away, but their are buses that go around campus so you can use those if you really want to.

Most of the dorms have undergone refurbishment, so the rooms look nice and new and the kitchens are up to date. The freshman dorms are the last ones to be refurbished.

the cost for the rooms are pretty average, but you are required to have a meal plan if you live in any dorm besides Linc/Wash, which is kind of ridiculous to me.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Rec is nice and has a variety of up to date equipment to use, and constantly has opportunities to participate in a variety of group classes and sports. Students enjoy going to watch football, basketball, and volleyball games, and are encouraged to do so by staff and RAs.

The Rec also sponsors a lot of different events throughout the year, like rollerskating, indoor battleship, dodgeball, and Big Pink Volleyball.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The roommate matching system they provided for freshman was really helpful. It was nice to put in your preferences and talk to other people with similar interests to you. Although my roommate and I were randomly selected, we became really good friends. I have met people at WIU I would proudly consider my friends and wouldn't want it any other way.

Academically, it kind of sucked for me the first year and a half, I wasn't really sure about which major I really wanted (Engineering Physics or Graphic Design). They really pushed people to declare their majors as soon as possible, even before they got to college. So I ended up choosing Engineering Physics as my major without being able to try out any options toward Graphic Design, went over 15 credit hours my first three semesters, lost my scholarship and my appeal to get it back, and pretty much had the worst year and a half of my life.

But, the teachers I had for my art classes really helped me build a confidence in my abilities I never had before, and because of them I decided to change my major and ended up having the best semester of my college career.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My professors have gone above and beyond. My mother had six surgeries last fall, and I had to miss a lot of classes due to her surgeries being four hours away. My professors at the time were extremely understand, they let me turn work in ahead of time, or after, and they always asked how my mother was doing. I couldn't of asked for a better group of teachers to have at that time in my life.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm not quite sure, I have not done a lot of things on campus, or looked into things.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: If you don't feel safe walking to class, you can contact campus police to escort you. Also the two times, there has been a sexual assault since, I've been at WIU, the school does email the whole student body, and inform us, and educate us.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Never lived on campus, live at home with my mother. I would say its okay from what I have heard other students say.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't for me, so I have never taken part of any of the events.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Didn't attend any sports last year, I don't socialize much, do to wanting to do well in school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Western is great. I am from Macomb, and my grandmother use to teach at Western when I was younger. So it is refreshing to walk down the halls of Simpkins, and see her old office, and it still has that smell of old books. Being inside of Simpkins, and how it hasn't changed much, is very bittersweet but warming when I am there.


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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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