Western Illinois University is a public university recognized nationally for high quality academics.

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission). The undergraduate and graduate programs in accountancy and all business fields are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


- Western Illinois University is ranked 49th among Tier 1 Regional Universities (Midwest) by US News (2011). It is one of only two Illinois public universities ranked among the top 50 in the top tier. Western is one of 37 public universities included among the 107 Midwestern college and universities recognized as top tier "Best Regional Universities". The rankings are based on several measures: peer assessment (25%); graduation/retention rates (25%); faculty resources (20%); student selectivity (15%); financial resources (10%); and alumni giving (5%). In addition to the top tier ranking, the University is also recognized as a "best" institution for graduation rates; freshman retention rates; least debt (class of 2009); highest proportion of classes under 20; most international students; economic diversity; and racial diversity.

- Of the more than 50 schools that participate in the Peace Corps' unique Fellows/USA graduate program, Western Illinois University is ranked 9th in the nation.

- The Princeton Review has named Western Illinois University a "Best Midwestern College".

- Forbes has listed Western Illinois University among the best of 610 institutions in the country. Only nine percent of the 6,600 accredited post-secondary institutions in the U.S. are reviewed, and Western was the only Illinois public university among its regional peer institutions included in the Forbes list. The other Illinois public universities included are national doctoral universities.

- Named a “Military Friendly Institution” by “G.I. Jobs Magazine”.

- WIU's scholarship program named a “Best Practice” by the Center for Student Opportunity.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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