Colleges to Visit in the Quad Cities

With 400,000 people in the Quad Cities area, we offer a unique location to go to college. We aren’t a typical “college town” but we also aren’t a “small town in the middle of a cornfield.” Instead we offer college students some great benefits: opportunities for job shadowing and internships, a limited pool of competitors for those opportunities (unlike large cities or college towns with a glut of youth looking for experience), affordable sports and arts events, a fun nightlife with a variety of downtowns, and a safe place to grow to adulthood.

If you have (or are) a student searching for colleges, I highly recommend putting the Quad Cities colleges on your list of places to stop.

Visiting the Quad Cities for events, festivals and museums is really fun and while you’re here, stop in to one of the three non-profit four-year schools of higher education located right here in the Quad Cities: Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, and Western Illinois University – Quad Cities.

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
2,600 undergraduate students
90 majors and related areas of study
Augie Choice: Gives $2,000 to every student for an internship, research or study abroad
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
Average class size: 18. All classes taught by faculty (no graduate teaching assistants)
Varsity athletics teams (Vikings): 13 men’s and 12 women’s
Music ensembles: 13

Augustana visit events Fall 2018
• Viking Visits Oct. 8, 17 and Nov. 12
• Open House and Scholarship Competition: Nov. 17
**As a bonus: anyone who visits campus this fall is eligible for a campus visit grant worth $4000.
Augustana also offers daily visits and interviews.

St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
2370 undergraduate students, 748 graduate students
60+ undergraduate majors, 13 master’s and 3 doctoral programs
Ranked 12th best college for veterans
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
Average class size: 20
Study Abroad programs: offered in more than 40 countries
Varsity athletics teams (Fighting Bees/Queen Bees): 12 men’s and 11 women’s

SAU visit events Fall 2018
Fall Visit Days
• Monday, October 8, 2018
• Friday, October 19, 2018
• Friday, November 2, 2018
• Friday, November 9, 2018
SAU also offers individual visits, athletic visits and graduate student visits.

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, Moline, IL
585 undergraduate students, 309 graduate students
18 undergraduate majors, 17 master’s, 2 doctoral programs, 9 certificates
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
Family friendly campus, on campus and online courses
Offers a wide variety of student organizations. Varsity athletic team: WIU Leathernecks
WIU Cost Guarantee: lock in tuition and fee rate for the next four years.

WIU-QC visit events Fall 2018
Welcome Wednesdays
• every Wednesday from September – December and February – May at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Discover Western Quad Cities Campus Visits
• Wednesday, October 17, 2018
WIU-QC also offers individual tours.

Each year hundreds of college students start their first day of college right here, bringing new energy and life to the Quad Cities. Nationally ranked private and public schools offer a wide variety of majors and classroom experiences. All offer access to the opportunities in the Quad Cities for internships, hands-on learning, fine arts, athletics, and fun.

Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

Other colleges nearby you can also stop and visit:

Knox College, Galesburg, IL

Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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