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WIU-QC is the Path to Your Future
The Linkages Program provides students a new way to earn an associate's and a bachelor's degree through their local community college and Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. Visit wiu.edu/qc/future_students/linkages.php for a list of linkage program majors.
To participate in the Linkage Program, you must:
- Be a high school graduate
- Have an ACT composite score of 20 and a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Be enrolled full-time between WIU and partnering community college
- Meet academic program requirements
The cohort program is an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in select majors with other first year students beginning at the same time. Cohort students complete all classes at WIU-QC.
Requirements for the freshman cohort include:
- ACT score of 22 or higher
- High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Maintain full-time WIU enrollment (12 credit hours)
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA at WIU to be part of the Honors Program
Students who have completed college courses outside of high school (two-year and four-year), are considered a transfer student.
An associate's degree is not required to attend WIU-QC, but if students earn an AA or AS degree, the general education requirement is considered complete. Students transferring to WIU-QC after attending a community college should consider dual admission. This provides students access to WIU advisers and ensures coursework at the community college fits the customized WIU-QC degree plan.
Students transferring to WIU-QC with 24 semester hours or more, will need to:
- Send all college transcripts (including every college attended)
- Be in good academic standing with all colleges attended
- Have a combined "C" average for all hours
- Meet academic program requirements
Resources for Transfer Students
Check how your courses at the community college or other university you have attended will transfer to WIU-QC.
Your Illinois General Education Core Curriculum completed at the community college will transfer to WIU-QC and satisfy our General Education Curriculum.
This site outlines the compact agreement that Western has created between all Illinois public community colleges, the Eastern Iowa Community College District, Southeastern Community College (Iowa), and Lincoln colleges. Completion of the associates' degree at an accredited Illinois two-year institution (and select other colleges) allows students to be accepted with a junior standing.
Veterans Admission Policy
Veterans returning from one calendar year of active military service who have received an honorable discharge will be admitted to Western Illinois University without regard to previous academic performance, provided that Western is the first school the veteran attends after graduating high school.
Applicants who have earned 24 or more credit hours at the college level must submit official copies of college transcripts and a copy of the DD-214.
NOTE: If you have earned less than 24 credit hours of college credit while on active duty, you will also need to send your high school transcripts.
Illinois Veterans Grant and Illinois National Guard Grant: Application forms are available from the Financial Aid Office (fa.wiu.edu) or the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). For more information, visit the ISAC website at collegezone.com.
G.I. Bill: Applications for the VA educational benefits are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (gibill.va.gov) or the WIU Billing and Receivables Office. For more information, call (309) 298-3147 or visit wiu.edu/gibill.
Admission Procedures for Concurrent Admissions (ConAP)
ConAP is a program for students who are planning to enlist directly into military service after high school or community college. This program allows individuals to seek admission to Western at the same time they enlist in the Army or Army Reserve. Enrollment is deferred until completion of active military service.
Credit for Military Training
Veterans who have served one full calendar year (or more) of full-time active duty and received an honorable discharge may be awarded eight semester hours (s.h.) toward their degree. The eight semester hours include health education (2 s.h.), military science elective (4 s.h.), and kinesiology (2 s.h.) with submission of DD-214.
Veterans who have served in the National Guard or Reserves with less than one year of continuous active service may be awarded four semester credit hours toward their degree. They include military science elective (4 s.h.), health education (2 s.h.), and kinesiology (1 s.h.). Veterans or reservists who may be eligible to receive four semester credit hours will need to submit AARTS, SMART, CCAF, or Coast Guard official transcripts.