Western Illinois University is a public university that is located in the small town of Macomb, Illinois. WIU was established in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School, and focused on teacher training for a small body of students. As it grew, Western Illinois State Normal School became the Western Illinois State Teachers College. Today, WIU is made up of two campuses that offer a wide range of academic programs. WIU strives to be a leader in educational quality, opportunity and affordability among its peers, and focuses on a mission of preparing socially responsible, diverse students, faculty and staff to lead in a global society.
The school offers bachelot's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates, from the following academic colleges and schools:
- College of Arts & Sciences
- College of Business & Technology
- College of Education & Human Services
- College of Fine Arts & Communication
- Centennial Honors College
- School of Distance Learning, International Studies & Outreach
- School of Graduate Studies
WIU has a quality online program that allows students to take classes from any location. Online students are not required to attend face-to-face meetings, and students are able to do coursework according to their individual schedules. WIU offers many online courses, and online degree programs.