Established in 1899, Western Illinois Normal and Training School opened its doors Sept. 23, 1902 to 229 students. Throughout the years, Western Illinois grew and its name changed from Western Illinois State College to Western Illinois University on July 5, 1957. Today, Western Illinois University offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs, pre-professional programs, a doctorate degree in education, and certificate programs to more than 12,200 students. Western Illinois University's residential campus is located in Macomb, Illinois. Our non-residential, metropolitan campus is located in the Quad Cities/Moline, IL. From offering a bachelor's degree in forensic chemistry to housing one of the largest law enforcement programs of its kind in the nation to providing the first Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program at an Illinois public institution, Western offers a number of standout programs unique to Western.