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Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University is a public university located in Macomb, Illinois, United States. It was founded in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School.

Location

Address
1 University Circle
City
Macomb
State
IL
Zip/Post Code
61455

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
9873
Total Graduate enrollment
1942
In State Tuition Fees
7822
Out State Tuition Fees
11732
ACT Score
23
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.0
Male Female Ratio
51:49
Acceptance Rate
69%
Student Faculty Ratio
15:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
By enacting our values and supporting the synergy between instruction, research, creativity, and service, Western Illinois University prepares a socially responsible, diverse student, faculty, and staff population to lead in the global society.
Mascot
Bulldog (Colonel Rock)
Colors
Purple And Gold ���� ����
Conference
Summit League

College History

History

Western Illinois University was founded in 1899. The land for the University was donated to the State of Illinois by Macomb's Freemasons (Illinois Lodge #17). Macomb was in direct competition with Quincy, Illinois and other candidates as the site for a "western" university. The Illinois legislature selected Macomb as the location. University administrators uncovered evidence of the Freemason's efforts on Macomb's behalf when they opened Sherman Hall's (the administration building) cornerstone during their centennial celebrations. Sherman Hall served as the University's primary facility for many years, but as the University and its programs expanded, a need surfaced for further expansion. Today, the Macomb campus consists of 53 buildings over 1,050 acres (424.9 ha). Sherman Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Western's presence in the Quad Cities spans more than 40 years. In Fall 1960, the University offered its first undergraduate course in the Quad Cities. University presidents 1st John W. Henninger (1901�1905) 2nd Alfred Bayliss (1906�1911) 3rd Walter P. Morgan (1912�1941) 4th Frank A. Beu (1942�1957) 5th A. L. Knoblauch (1958�1967) 6th John T. Bernhard (1968�1973) 7th Leslie F. Malpass (1974�1986) 8th Ralph H. Waggoner (1987�1993) 9th Donald S. Spencer (1994�2001) 10th Alvin Goldfarb (2002�2011) 11th Jack Thomas (2011�present)

College Specialty

Specialty

To recognize employee health and wellness as important to the long-term success and well-being of Western Illinois University as a whole. To promote health and wellness through a wide variety of programs and services offered to University faculty and staff. Increase awareness of benefits and behaviors associated with wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Increase health status of faculty and staff so that they can live, learn, work, and play to their fullest potential. Create an environment that supports health and well-being for years to come at Western. Increase sense of administrative support for personal well-being of employees.

Alumni

Alumni

Todd Auer � National Football League David Bowens � National Football League Lee Calhoun � Olympic gold medal winner Bryan Cox � National Football League Rodney Harrison � National Football League Edgerton Hartwell � National Football League Frisman Jackson � National Football League William James � National Football League Kosuke Kimura � soccer midfielder for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer Gene Lamont � Major League Baseball Rob Lazeo � Canadian Football League John Mahoney � actor Russ Michna � Arena Football League Red Miller � Former head coach of the NFL Denver Broncos and USFL Denver Gold Dennis Morgan � National Football League J.R. Niklos � National Football League Paul Reuschel � Major League Baseball & National Football League Rick Reuschel � Major League Baseball Mike Scifres � National Football League Rick Short � Major League Baseball Rich Seubert � National Football League Tom Soehn � Director of Soccer Operations for Vancouver Whitecaps FC Aaron Stecker � National Football League Marco Thomas � Canadian Football League Mike Wagner � National Football League Frank Winters � National Football league

Campus

Campus

1,050 acres (424.9�ha)

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