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Your Freshman Experience at WIU-Quad Cities
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Freshman Admission Standards for High School Graduates
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. ACT Composite Score (average): 21.0 (SAT equivalent 990)
- ACT Composite Score (middle 50%): 18–23 (SAT equivalent 870–1070)
- High School GPA (average): 3.15*
- High School GPA (middle 50%): 2.72–3.52*
*On a 4.0 scale
If your ACT and GPA fall within the above range we encourage you to apply.
High School Curriculum Requirements
Freshman entering WIU are to have completed the following high school course work prior to entering the University:
- English: four years of courses, with emphasis on written and oral communication and literature
- Social Studies: three years of courses, emphasizing history and government
- Mathematics: three years of courses, introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer programming
- Science: three years of courses, laboratory sciences which include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or other college preparatory sciences
- Other: two years of electives to be selected from art, film, foreign language, music, speech, theatre, journalism, religion, philosophy, and vocational education
If a student has not completed the course-specific requirements, the University will evaluate those students on a case-by-case basis for evidence of the mastery of skills in the area(s) of the deficiency.
Here at Western, we understand that not every student is going to attend college straight out of high school. We would like you to know that it's ok and we have many different options for you here. Being adaptable and willing to do what works best for students is what has kept them coming back to Western and telling their friends about us. We wish you great success in your college endeavors.
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 test scores, received a High School Equivalency Certificate, and achieved a composite score of 20 on the ACT or a composite of 940 on the SAT-I. GED holders will meet with advisors who will discuss specific courses needed to meet any deficiencies in academic requirements.
Applicants Who Do Not Have an ACT/SAT score
Persons who do not have an ACT or SAT score, but have been out of high school for over 5 years can still apply using their high school records. Students in this situation will need to take placement exams for math and English placement.
Veterans returning from at least one 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 Western is the first school the veteran attends after leaving the service. Applicants in this category are required to have graduated from a recognized high school or to have earned a High School Equivalency Certificate. Applicants who have earned 0-23 credit hours at the college level must submit official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable). Applicants who have earned 24 or more credit hours at the college level must submit official copies of college transcripts. Veterans must also submit a Member 4 copy of their DD Form 214 to receive an application waiver and credit for their military training.
Only certain majors at the QC campus can be completed with 100% attendance here, some majors will require courses to be taken at one of the local community college options. Contact admissions for details.
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:
- The principal of the high school or an appropriate designee must provide written support for their admission applications.
- Students must agree to pursue prescribed academic advising through the University Advising and Academic Support Center.
- 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).
- Only 100 or 200 level college courses may be taken without permission of the appropriate department.
- Exceptions to the above policy must be approved by CAGAS.