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Your Freshman Experience at WIU-Quad Cities
Now you can be one of the first freshmen at WIU-Quad Cities!
Last year, WIU-Quad Cities marked history by having the first ever freshman class. This group of students enrolled full-time on our campus changing the "transfer only" nature of WIU-Quad Cities.
Freshman Honors Cohort or Linkages Program
Pick the pathway that is best for you!
Freshman Honors Cohort
What is the “Freshman Honors Cohort”?
Students in the Freshman Honors Cohort will have the opportunity to meet classmates from other states and countries, collaborate on projects in and out of the classroom, and make personal friendships and professional connections that will last four years, and beyond!
Why WIU-Quad Cities?
WIU-Quad Cities offers excellent and affordable academic programs, and now offers general education courses for the Freshman Honors Cohort that will prepare you to achieve your academic and career goals. Western Illinois University is nationally recognized by the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report as a top tier institution.
What majors are available through the cohort?
The majors that are available for students to be a part of the full four year experience at Western are: Engineering, English, Liberal Arts, and Communication.
**Other majors may be able to be done through this program, but might include online classes or minimal number of courses picked up through local community colleges - call (309)762-1495 for details.
What are the “Freshman Honors Cohort” requirements?
To be eligible for admission to the “Freshman Honors Cohort" and the Western Commitment Scholarship, you must have a 3.0 Grade Point Average and have a score of 22 on the ACT. If your GPA is higher than 3.0 and ACT is higher than 22, you may be eligible for a higher Commitment scholarship. See graph and detailed information about Western Commitment Scholarships
Students who do not meet these eligibility requirements, but meet regular admission standards (18-23 ACT, 2.63-3.34 high school GPA) should consider the Linkages program that can link them into Western as a freshman while partnering with the local community colleges.
WIU-Quad Cities Admissions Counselors are available to answer your questions and guide you through the admissions experience.
Call (309) 762-1495 and ask to speak with Dana, Emily, or Kassie today!