Prospective transfer students should contact the Office of Admissions, Western Illinois University, for application forms or obtain an application from their community college counseling office or transfer center. An electronic application may be accessed at admissions.wiu.edu/application.
Transfer students at select two-year institutions may choose from three program options when transferring to Western Illinois University. Students may participate in the Dual Admissions (2+2) program, the Dual Enrollment Transfer Program, or the Traditional Transfer Program. Please speak with your adviser for specific details on each program, and for assistance to identify which program may be best to meet your needs.
Transcripts from each college and university attended must be sent directly from the institution(s) attended to the admissions office at Western Illinois University. Recommended application deadline for students applying for fall semester is August 1st and December 1st for spring semester. Failure to report any previous college work may result in dismissal from the University. Transcripts received from other colleges and universities are utilized for admission purposes only and will not be released to a third party.
Applicants to WIU in Macomb who have earned 24 or more semester hours (36 or more quarter hours) of college work and applicants to WIU-Quad Cities who have earned 60 or more semester hours (90 quarter hours) of college work will be considered for admission on the basis of college performance only. A combined C average for all hours attempted from all institutions attended and good standing at the last college/university attended are required for admission.
Applicants to WIU in Macomb who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of college work must meet the freshman admission standards, have a combined C average for all hours attempted from all institutions attended, and be in good standing at the last college/university attended. In addition, transfer students to WIU in Macomb with fewer than 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) that graduated from high school in 1993 or afterwards must meet the high school course-specific requirements.
Transfer credits may be accepted from another college or university of recognized standing. If the applicant is not from a regionally accredited school, credits may be accepted only after examination or by validation through satisfactory work at WIU. WIU will not accept for transfer credit a course equivalent to English 180 or 280 in which a D, F, or U was recorded at a previous institution. This provision does not apply to students entering under the Community College Compact Agreement or the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.
To earn a baccalaureate degree, a transfer student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit, of which 60 semester hours must be completed at Western Illinois University or another accredited four-year institution. A minimum of 40 semester hours credit must be earned in upper division courses (courses numbered 300 or above) from Western Illinois University or another accredited four-year institution. The student must also fulfill the University's general education requirements (see University General Education Curriculum) and meet residency requirements for a degree from WIU (see Graduation Requirements).
New transfer students who appeal and are accepted on probation are required to earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average by the end of their first term of enrollment.
All Illinois public community colleges, the Eastern Iowa Community College District, Southeastern Community College (Iowa), and Lincoln College have a written articulation commitment (compact agreement) from Western Illinois University. Additional agreements are being developed with other public and private colleges in Illinois and Iowa. Completion of an associate’s degree in a baccalaureate-oriented program (A.A., A.S., or A.S.A.) at an accredited Illinois two-year institution (and selected other colleges) provides that the student will: (a) be accepted with junior standing and (b) be considered to have completed the general education requirements (University General Education Curriculum) at Western Illinois University. The associate’s degree must include the equivalent of 60 semester hours with at least a C average. Western Illinois University will honor the community college commitment if Western Illinois University credit is used to complete the associate’s degree.
Exceptions: An A.A., A.S., or A.S.A. degree graduate from an accredited Illinois two-year college (and other selected colleges) who is a candidate for a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences may be required to complete additional semester hours of coursework at WIU to satisfy college curriculum requirements.
Western Illinois University is a participant in four statewide articulated Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree programs—early childhood education, mathematics education, science education, and special education. Completion of an A.A.T. degree must be in one of four fields (early childhood, mathematics, science, or special education) and will only be accepted for transfer into a teacher education program in that same field. Students transferring into Western Illinois University with an A.A.T. must meet cumulative GPA requirements for being accepted into Western’s teacher education program. Those completing the A.A.T. in mathematics education and science education must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from the community college at which they completed their program; and those completing the A.A.T. in early childhood education and special education must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.
Early Childhood/Mathematics/Special Education: Completion of an approved statewide articulated A.A.T. degree in early childhood education, mathematics education, and special education at an accredited Illinois two-year institution provides that the student will: (a) be accepted with junior standing and (b) be considered to have completed the general education (University General Education Curriculum) requirements at Western Illinois University.
Science Education: Completion of an approved statewide articulated A.A.T. degree in science education at an accredited Illinois two-year institution provides that the student will be accepted with junior standing. Students must fulfill the University’s lower-division general education requirements by completing 1) the 37 s.h. Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum, or 2) the 43 s.h. WIU General Education Curriculum.
Completion of an approved statewide articulated Associate of Engineering Science (A.E.S.) or an Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) in art or music degree at an accredited Illinois two-year institution provides that the student will be accepted with junior standing. Students must fulfill the University’s lower-division general education requirements by 1) completing the 37 s.h. Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum, or 2) the 43 s.h. WIU General Education Curriculum.
Western Illinois University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of the completed Illinois General Education Core Curriculum between participating institutions. Completion of the transferable General Education Core Curriculum at any participating college or university in Illinois assures transferring students that lower-division general education requirements for a bachelor's degree have been satisfied. WIU will award transfer credit for Illinois General Education Core Curriculum courses taken at other institutions of higher education in accordance with the evaluation of transfer credit policy provided below. The following codes identify qualifying general education courses: IAI C (Communication), IAI F (Fine Arts), IAI H (Humanities), IAI L (Life Sciences), IAI M (Mathematics), IAI P (Physical Sciences), and IAI S (Social/Behavioral Sciences). The appropriate IAI code follows the course descriptions of matching WIU courses in the Academic Departments, Programs, and Courses section of the catalog. A complete listing of the WIU courses that match IAI Transferable General Education Core Curriculum course descriptions as of May 1, 2009 is provided.
The following guidelines will govern the evaluation of transfer credit for the University General Education Curriculum. *
The following guidelines will govern the evaluation of transfer credit for the baccalaureate major.**
Western Illinois University may accept for credit toward completion of a baccalaureate major courses taken at other accredited institutions of higher education. Transfer students who have completed courses in a transferable IAI baccalaureate major program that are equivalent to courses required for the appropriate WIU major will be granted direct equivalent credit toward completion of the WIU major. Students may also be eligible to receive credit toward major requirements for the completion of transfer coursework included in the WIU Course Articulation Guide.
Suggested coursework in a transferable IAI baccalaureate major that is determined not to have a WIU equivalent will be accepted as a department elective. Electives may apply towards completing the minimum 120 s.h. requirement for the baccalaureate degree. The major department will determine if such courses may apply toward completing specific requirements for the major.
Individuals who have earned credits at non-accredited or foreign institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
** 1. Coursework completed at community colleges and lower-division coursework completed at four-year institutions will transfer to WIU as lower-division credit, even if the equivalent WIU course is offered as an upper-division course.
Students who are admitted to the Dual Enrollment Transfer Program are full-time, college-ready students who will take one 100 or 200 level course at Western Illinois University during each semester of their freshman and sophomore years while enrolled full-time at a participating community college. The program is designed to promote seamless transfer into the WIU major, provided that the student meets all major and University requirements. Select baccalaureate degree programs are available, depending on campus location and the student’s grade point average. Students should see their academic adviser for specific details. A current list of participating community colleges is available from the WIU Office of Admissions or WIU website admissions.wiu.edu/go4programs. Students who are interested in the Go4 Program must submit a complete WIU admission application with an addendum indicating interest in the Go4 Program.