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Campus Quality


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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus quality overall is fantastic. There are many options for students to hang out at both on and off campus giving each person a place to fit in. The rec center is newly renovated and has machines, tracks, pools and work out rooms to fit everyone's work out plans and still allows for extra space so the students are crammed together. The staff working various spots on campus are also very welcoming and helpful when students are in need. The social scene on campus is just the right amount to give students a break from their studies but still keep them focused on their academic work.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Most of the time, there is nothing happening, however, when there is something going on, it is very inconvienent to try and find out about it or even get to it.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love the coffie in the Union.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There's an abundance of student organizations to be a part of if you're willing to dedicate the time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: For the most part, WIU is just another midwestern campus in the middle of the corn. While it's a good school, I wouldn't necessarily say it has too much to set it apart from others.


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Western has some up-to-date facilities, but others are in dire need of renovation. Students enjoy the Ronald S. Spencer Recreation center and the equipment, workout classes, and intramural sports it offers. The library is another facility that students are generally pleased with. It has six floors; at the bottom, some talking is tolerated, while on the sixth floor, it is expected that students are completely silent. The library is also filled with interesting plants, including a garden longue where speeches and events often take place. The basement boasts a small coffee shop, but it’s only open a few hours a day, four days a week. Most students agree that the Student Union serves its purpose, but doesn’t go far beyond that. In general, students are the least pleased with housing and the aesthetics of the campus. Housing, especially for freshmen, is not ideal. Despite average room sizes, the overall appearance of the dorms is ugly. In addition, the majority of them are run-down and not exceptionally maintained. Aesthetically, the campus has some decent areas and some terrible areas. Unfortunately, the nicest parts of the campus, like Sherman Hall, which is always seen on postcards and advertisements, are places where students rarely or never go.

With the exception of a nice library and a relatively new student recreation center, some facilities at Western simply fall flat. They tend to be outdated, and the absence of a central hub of student life hurts the campus aesthetically. The older buildings tend to be nicer; Simpkins hall, for example, adds a lot to the campus with its old-style architecture and huge columns. On the other hand, the dorms and a physical plant right across from the football field make the campus look run-down.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,050 acres
Student Centers
  • Multicultural Center
  • University Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Malpass Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Mocha Café
  • Multicultural Center
  • University Union
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
There are 16 lanes in the basement of the Student Union. The price is $2.50 per game and $1 for shoes. There are also billiard tables, which cost $1.00 per game. Group and party rates are also available.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There is Mocha Café in the basement of the library, and Dividends in Stipes Hall. Both coffee shops are only open Monday through Friday.
Movie Theater on Campus
Sandburg theater is on campus, but it is only used for events sponsored by the school. No current movies are shown there.
"Green" Initiatives
Western Illinois participates in Recyclemania and has a "co-mingled" recycling program on campus, which means all recyclable items (except paper) can be placed in the same bin. The University also hosts the Environmental Summit, where booths are set up and presentations are given to educate the campus about ways to be more green.

The new Multicultural Center is a LEED-certified building.
School Slang
  • Leatherneck: The school's mascot, which is military slang for a Marine.
  • Macombie Homies: Residents of Macomb.
  • The Pace: Change of Pace, a local bar that is popular among students.
  • The Rec: The Spencer Student Recreation Center.
  • Bar Crawls: A WIU tradition that invites every student of drinking age to start at one bar and, by the end of the night, explore every bar in Macomb. Bar Crawls have a variety of themes, and a few take place every semester.
  • Big Pink Volleyball: A mud volleyball match that raises money for breast cancer research.
  • Greek Week: Greek organizations recruit members for the coming semester.
  • Yell Like Hell: Every year during homecoming, each WIU student organization makes up a cheer that represents WIU spirit.
Urban Legends
Claims of paranormal activity are common throughout campus. There is even a ghost tour of Macomb every year. Stories range from a student falling down Tanner Hall's elevator shaft to his death, to a girl in Thompson hall who threw her baby down the garbage chute.
Favorite Things To Do
Western students like to party. When they aren't partying, the Spencer Student Recreation Center is a popular hangout. In terms of entertainment, there is not much to do on campus. Students generally rely on friends or campus organizations to find something fun to do. There is no definite central campus area or hub of student life.
Student Newspaper
Western Courier
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The Student Activities Fair takes place at the beginning of each semester, and it's a great way for students to find an organization that is right for them. The Office of Student Activities (OSA), located in the Union, can help students find groups as well. There is an organization for just about everything. Some groups involve more active participating, like tennis club, while many honor societies and such are more of a resume builder than something that involves participation. The Black Student Association is very prominent on campus, and is perhaps the most active. It's not extremely difficult to start a club. An online registration must be completed, and paperwork-including a policy and signature form, a copy of the group's constitution, and a list of members-must be submitted to the OSA. It is difficult, however, to receive funding for a group.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Marching band
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The Aquatic Center, Rec Room, Conference Rooms, and Arena Courts of the Spencer Student Recreation Center may be reserved by student organizations when not scheduled for Campus Recreation Programs or open recreation.
  • Organizations can apply for their own WIU email address by contacting the Office of Student Activities.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 85 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 34 responses

  • 16% Variety Show
  • 15% Greek Week
  • 15% Yell Like Hell
  • 12% Big Pink Volleyball
  • 10% Parties
  • 9% Bar Crawls
  • 9% Leaving for the weekend
  • 7% Tailgating
  • 5% Intramural Basketball Tournaments
  • 1% We don't have anything like this

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 23% Workout
  • 22% Party
  • 15% Occasional Concert Events
  • 10% Play rugby,hang out,do home work
  • 9% People Watching
  • 8% I dont do much on campus.
  • 7% Play basketball
  • 2% Hall Government
  • 1% Student Government Association
  • 1% We don't really have any options

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 40 responses

  • 42% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 45% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 10% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 2% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 89 responses

  • 35% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 49% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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