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WIU Joins Diverse, Global Common Application Community

March 28, 2016

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL –- Prospective students interested in Western Illinois University for 2016-2017 can now apply through Common Application, an online system used by nearly 700 colleges and universities worldwide to further enhance the application process.

According to Andy Borst, WIU admissions director, by becoming a Common App member, Western gains the opportunity to discover those students who may not have been reached in the past. Students may also continue to apply by visiting directly.

"With the state of Illinois moving to the SAT, and the College Board (which owns SAT) offering eligible students free applications to apply to college, we want to make sure that all academically qualified students in Illinois, and beyond, regardless of income, are considering Western Illinois University," Borst added. "The Common App is a great supplement to our current admissions practices for new freshmen. By joining the Common App, we will also extend our reach worldwide to attract more talented students to our University."

Students at any grade level can create a Common App account to learn more about Western Illinois University. Those accounts created now will roll over to 2016-17 and beyond, Borst explained. High school counselors can also use Common App Ready, a flexible advising tool, to introduce students and families to the college preparation and application processes.

Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review for 12 consecutive years and as one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western serves more than 11,000 students at its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, IL. Western offers 67 undergraduate and 36 graduate degree programs, which include a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies.

"Each of our new members comes to Common Application with a unique mission and distinctive qualities that attract a broad range of bright and talented students," said Common App CEO Paul Mott. "We are excited to welcome innovative institutions that all share our commitment to advancing college access."

Each year, more than 900,000 students use the Common Application online system to submit more than 4 million applications. To learn more, visit and follow @commonapp #commonapp.

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Office of University Relations