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East Moline Higher Education

For those pursuing post-secondary education, East Moline is within a short drive from several reputable institutions of higher learning. The University of Iowa in Iowa City is 50 miles west of East Moline, and offers more than 100 undergraduate areas of study, including majors, minors, and certificate programs. Iowa's library system is the largest in the state of Iowa, and among the largest in the nation.

Western Illinois University, located 75 miles south of East Moline in Macomb, was established April 24, 1899, and began operation September 23, 1902. The university offers 47 undergraduate degree programs and 35 graduate degree programs for about 13,000 students. Western Illinois University also maintains a Quad Cities presence. Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, located in Moline, offers the upper-division courses for 10 undergraduate degree programs, 15 graduate degree programs, and the education specialist degree program. Also available in the Quad Cities are a variety of post-baccalaureate certificate programs.

Other local colleges include Augustana College, a private, selective college of the liberal arts and sciences located on 115 wooded acres overlooking the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois. Augustana College is in the top sixty small liberal arts colleges in the nation, based on the percentage of graduates earning PhDs. Black Hawk College in Moline and Kewanee serves over 11,000 college credit students, 3,000 Adult Basic Education students, and 16,000 Continuing Education and Workforce Training adults a year with high quality, cost-effective lifelong learning. Davenport, Iowa is the location of two higher education centers. Marycrest International University is an independent, co-educational university in the Catholic tradition that prepares students of all faiths in liberal arts and professional studies. St. Ambrose is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport.

A sampling of other local educational facilities include Commonwealth Business College in Moline, DeVry Institute of Technology in Eldridge and Scott Community College in Bettendorf, all catering to the needs of traditional and nontraditional students alike.

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