Pre-Advising Program

This program allows incoming students to prepare early for registration. If you are interested in putting together a tentative class schedule before you arrive at Western for your Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) date, the following information will aid you in that process. (Students who have declared a major may have to take specified courses in the General Education curriculum).

  • Read the course descriptions in the University Catalog or on STARS. This will help you in determining which courses interest you the most.
  • Select 2-3 courses from each of the General Education categories. You will only register for 5 or 6 classes averaging a total of 15-17 hours for your first semester, but it is important to have several choices from each category in case some classes are closed.
  • When you arrive at Western for SOAR you will review the different courses you have chosen with your advisor and arrange your actual schedule for the fall. Having an idea of the classes you would like to take will aid you in that process.
  • Use this handout to help you map out your course schedule:
  • You will learn your math placement at SOAR. This is an example placement letter (PDF) sent to freshmen who plan to attend Western.
  • Make sure to complete the math and foreign language placement form at least a week before your SOAR program.

Colleges and Academic Departments: 

College of Business and Technology - Accounting and Finance, Agriculture, Computer Sciences, Economics and Decision Sciences, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Management and Marketing.
College of Arts and Sciences - African American Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English & Journalism, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Geography, Geology, History, Institute for Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Nursing, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology, Western Survey Research Center, and Women's Studies.
College of Education and Human Services - Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality, Educational Leadership, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies, Health Sciences, Instructional Design and Technology, Kinesiology, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Military Science, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, Social Work and Special Education.
College of Fine Arts and Communication - Art, Broadcasting, Communication, Communication Sciences & Disorders, School of Music, and Theatre & Dance.

First Year Experience (FYE)

We want your experience at Western Illinois University to be very successful as you embark on your college career. The First Year Experience (FYE) program is intended to help you in your transition to college life and aid you in achieving that success. The program is comprised of two components: an FYE class and residence life experiences.

You must take and pass one FYE class during the first semester of your freshmen year. This is a graduation requirement. However, most FYE classes count in the General Education curriculum so you will be able to fulfill a requirement with just one class. These classes are also a great way for you to connect with other students (class size is limited), and get to know your professors a little better.