Undergraduate Catalog


All new freshman applicants to Western Illinois University must submit the following supporting documents:

  1. An official current transcript, listing courses taken and in progress.
  2. A final transcript must be submitted immediately upon completion of high school.
  3. The results of either the ACT test or the SAT test. An official ACT or SAT score affixed to the official transcript shall be accepted to meet this requirement.

    Applicants must request that scores from either of these tests be sent to the Western Illinois University Office of Admissions either at the time of testing or by writing to:

    ACT: Records Department (WIU Code is 1158)
    American College Testing Program P.O. Box 451
    Iowa City, IA 52240

    SAT: Admission Testing Program of the College Board (WIU Code is 1900)
    Box 592 Princeton, NJ 08541

High school graduates who have been out of school for five years or more do not need to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Admission to the University is competitive. With more than 90 majors and programs in Macomb, and 14 in the Quad Cities, WIU seeks students who have excelled academically in the classroom and who have demonstrated preparedness for a rigorous college experience. Co-curricular, leadership, and/or volunteer experiences may also be taken into consideration.

Students in the Quad Cities may choose to supplement General Education requirements with transferrable courses from the community college. Students should speak with a WIU admissions counselor about course transferability.

All new freshmen applying to WIU are considered for admission on the basis of three criteria:

Admission Standards

Western Illinois University is committed to admitting students whose academic records indicate a high potential for success. The University primarily considers ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA in the admission decision.

Profile of the Freshman Class of Fall 2015

ACT Composite Score (average): 21 (SAT equivalent 990)
ACT Composite Score (middle 50%): 18–23 (SAT equivalent 870–1070)
High School GPA (average): 3.20
High School GPA (middle 50%): 2.57–3.48 21

Applicants whose ACT/SAT score or high school GPA falls below the middle 50% range of this profile are encouraged to submit a personal statement which addresses their academic goals and how they plan to realize those goals at WIU. The statement may also explain any extenuating circumstances that may have affected their academic performance in high school. Letters of support, if provided, will also be considered.

Applicants whose ACT/SAT score or high school GPA falls below the middle 50% of the freshman profile may be admitted regularly or into the Academic Services Program (alternative admission program). To guarantee consideration for admission as an incoming freshman through the Academic Services Program, applicants should submit an application and supporting materials by December 1. For more information about the Academic Services Program, please visit wiu.edu/advising/academic_services/.

Note: Applicants who submit their application and all supporting materials prior to December 1 will be given preferred consideration for admission. Space is limited for admission, and the deadline to apply for Fall is August 1.

High School Course-Specific Requirements:

Freshmen entering WIU are to have completed the following high school coursework before entering the University:

  1. English: four years with an emphasis on written and oral communication and literature.
  2. Social Studies: three years, emphasizing history and government.
  3. Mathematics: three years, introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer programming.
  4. Science: three years, laboratory sciences which include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or other college preparatory sciences.
  5. Other: two years to be selected from art, film, foreign language, music, speech, theatre, journalism, religion, philosophy, and vocational education.

In the event that new students have deficiencies in course-specific requirements, the University will consider alternative evidence or other academic activities in determining the mastery of the knowledge and skills in the area(s) of the deficiency.

Linkages Program (Concurrent Enrollment)

Students who are admitted to the Linkages Program concurrently enroll at Western Illinois University and the participating community college. The Linkages Program is designed for college-ready students who will take one 100- or 200-level course at Western Illinois University. The Linkages Program is designed to promote seamless transition into the WIU major, provided that the student meets all major and University requirements.

Select Admission baccalaureate degree programs are available, depending on campus location and the student’s grade point average. Students should see their academic advisor for specific details. A current list of participating community colleges is available from the WIU Office of Admissions or WIU website at wiu.edu/linkages. Students who are interested in the Linkages Program must submit a complete application for admission to the University with an addendum indicating interest in the Linkages Program.

Other Special Admission Provisions

Applicants without a High School Diploma

Persons who do not have a high school diploma and are not currently attending high school may apply for admission if they have passed the General Educational Development (GED) test and have received the ACT or SAT scores required for regular admission. Applicants must submit official GED test scores and ACT/SAT scores to the WIU Office of Admissions. GED holders will meet with advisors who will discuss specific courses needed to meet any deficiencies in academic requirements.

Non-Degree Status

Any student who has earned a high school diploma or its equivalent may attend Western as a non-degree student without meeting the regular admission requirements under the following provisions:

  1. The student may enroll in no more than six semester hours per term, and may accrue no more than 30 semester hours at WIU.
  2. Students who have earned more than 30 semester hours of college credit at Western Illinois University are not normally eligible for non-degree status. However, such students may appeal to the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS) for non-degree status.
  3. Students currently on academic probation or suspension are ineligible for non-degree status.
  4. Non-degree students must apply to CAGAS if they wish to be considered for degree candidacy.
  5. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Special Admission High School Students

High school seniors who meet regular freshman admission standards may be accepted for special admission to enroll in University courses while concurrently enrolled in secondary school. The following provisions apply:

  1. The principal of the high school or an appropriate designee must provide written support for the admission applications.
  2. Students must agree to pursue prescribed academic advising through the University Advising and Academic Services Center.
  3. Such students may enroll for a maximum of two courses per semester or during the Summer without permission of the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS).
  4. Only 100- or 200-level college courses may be taken without permission of the appropriate department.
  5. Exceptions to the above policy must be approved by CAGAS.

Visiting Students

A student who is a degree candidate at another institution may attend Western for one term under the following provisions:

  1. The student must submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for one semester.
  2. The student must submit an official transcript from their last school attended verifying that he/she is in good status at that institution, OR Complete a personally signed WIU Visiting Student Form attesting good standing at the last school attended.
  3. Subsequent enrollment terms will be applied for through the Office of the Registrar as a re-entry student.