WIU named ‘Best for Vets College’ for 13 years

For 13 consecutive years, Western Illinois University has been honored as a “Best for Vets College” by Military Times magazine.

In the recently published 2023 rankings, with more than 300 schools in the lineup, WIU ranked No. 58 overall, an impressive eighth in the Midwest, and secured No. 52 in the “four or more years” category. It also ranked No. 56 in general education and fourth in the “other” category.

According to Military Times, WIU’s longstanding commitment to veterans and active service members, which spans over a decade, has solidified its position as a top institution for military-affiliated students. The cornerstone of this commitment is WIU’s Veterans Resource Center, a hub of streamlined services and resources that caters to veterans, guard members, reservists and active duty personnel.

“WIU has been dedicated to serving veterans and active military for over 120 years,” said WIU President Guiyou Huang in a news release. “Our staff, faculty and community are committed to growing and maintaining the program’s support and look forward to the continued growth.”

In addition to flexible academic options, WIU also provides a comprehensive support system for military-affiliated students. The heart of this support is the Wright Residence, which serves as the Veterans Resource Center. There, veterans can find solutions to address questions or concerns, and find group seminars and workshops tailored to the specific needs of military students.

The center also has formed partnerships with various campus and community organizations, providing students with a broad spectrum of services, including assistance with VA benefits, financial support, disability resources, health care, career development and personal wellness.

The center’s facilities include computer access and dedicated study/meeting spaces, rounding out a supportive community where student-veterans can find peer assistance from fellow student-veterans while fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared experience.

For more information about veterans admissions at WIU, visit wiu.edu/veterans.

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