Undergraduate Admissions

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High School Dual Enrollment

Complete college courses while still in high school through dual enrollment at Western Illinois University! You can get a jumpstart on college credit to transfer or start working on requirements for a WIU degree program.

High school dual enrollment students can enroll in up to two classes per semester and can choose from any 100 or 200 level course as long as they meet the course requirements. Dual enrollment students receive an automatic scholarship that covers two-thirds of the tuition costs and can benefit from Western's unique Cost Guarantee that locks in tuition, fees, room, and meal plan rates for four years.

Please join us for a virtual information session to learn more about the High School Dual Enrollment program:

Dual Enrollment Admissions Requirements

  • 3 completed semesters of high school
  • Unweighted 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Below a 3.0 GPA, students will be required to submit additional information
  • Dual enrollment permission form (must be completed by a high school counselor or principal)

How to Apply in 3 Steps

  • Fill out a free application at wiu.edu/apply (Click on "Returning, Visiting, Guest & Non-Degree Seeking Students" and select "Dual Enrollment" as student type)
  • Submit dual enrollment permission form
  • Submit official high school transcripts and additional information (if required)
Example cost for a 3 credit hour course
Dual-enrollment student $296 in tuition / 3 credit hour class  *
Regular WIU student $888
Savings $592 (Covered by WIU scholarships)

* Includes all fees except for textbooks and a one-time $15 transcript fee

This is a recording from a previous WIU Dual Enrollment Informational session. It provides an overview of the application process, admissions requirements, and course options as well as a question and answer section from attendees.



Where can I take classes?

Students can take courses online or live-streamed through WIU for the same cost as an in person course. Students enrolling in online or live-streamed courses need to:

  • Have reliable internet access
  • Access the online class several times a week
  • Tune-in to live-streamed class at designated meeting days/time
  • Be self-disciplined to meet deadlines and published due date

Online/Live Streaming Spring 2021 Suggested Courses

Students are welcome to take in-person courses on either our Macomb or Quad Cities (Moline) campus. Students are welcome on either campus of WIU to take a college level course that they meet the requirements for. We have some suggested courses for students to consider, but a full listing of classes can be found on our course schedule link.

WIU partners with some high schools to offer a course on-site at the high school or as a group online class with a WIU instructor. Currently, WIU courses are available at these participating High Schools:

  • Macomb High School
  • Cambridge High School

Spring 2021

  • Macomb High School
  • Cambridge High School

How do I Register?

Check with your high school counselor to see if a representative from WIU will be visiting your high school for a special registration visit.

Current on campus programs are on hold. Please contact Katy Gorsuch at kl-gorsuch@wiu.edu or (309) 252-0721 if you need assistance with the admissions application.

If you plan to take courses online or at our Macomb campus, you can contact Bryan Barker at BC-Barker@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1846 to register for classes.

If you plan to take courses at our Quad Cities campus or you are a Cambridge High School student, please contact Curtis Williams at CM-Williams11@wiu.edu or (309) 762-3999 Ext. 62236.

Still not sure? Please contact Katy Gorsuch at kl-gorsuch@wiu.edu or (309) 252-0721.


Resources for Counselors & Parents

High School Administrators interested in setting up on-site dual enrollment opportunities at your school either as a structured or online class section please contact:

Dr. Kristi Mindrup, Assistant Vice President, QC Academic Affairs
Phone: 309-762-3999 x62252

What to submit for your students:

  1. Permission Form (Print out form and complete)
  2. Final transcripts showing 3 semesters of completed coursework
  3. SAT/ACT scores ONLY if GPA is below 3.0 (if already on the transcript these are official)

Registration and Orientation

If you have a group of students from your high school participating in the program, you can contact Katy Gorsuch at KL-Gorsuch@wiu.edu about scheduling registration and orientation events for your students. Individual students or students who miss these events will complete their registration by contacting their assigned WIU academic advisor.

How credit will transfer to other colleges/universities:

Depending on the course selected most of the WIU courses will be accepted at other institutions. The general education courses that have an Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) code associated with them means the course will transfer seamlessly to any other state institution in Illinois (4 year or community college). If your student plans to attend a private or out of state school after High School graduation please contact the receiving school to see how they will accept the courses in transfer. You can also create a free account at Transferology.com to see how courses will transfer.

Suggested List of Courses for Students to Consider:

A full listing of classes can be found on our course schedule link.

Why Dual Enrollment with WIU?

Dual enrollment classes gives high schools students the ability to experience a college level class while still having the support of high school and college personnel. Some dual classes may fulfill needed general education requirements and others may give your student the opportunity to experience a class in a major they may be interested in pursuing after high school.

Enrollment steps for your student:

  1. Apply online at wiu.edu/apply
  2. Select "Dual Enrollment" as student type
  3. Submit transcripts with final grades for at least 3 semesters
  4. Submit additional information if requested (for students with below a 3.0 GPA)
  5. Submit dual enrollment permission form (completed by high school counselor or principal)
  6. Register for classes by contacting assigned academic advisor or during registration event with high school
  7. Attend an orientation session (to be scheduled by WIU)
  8. Fill out intent to attend WIU after high school if applicable
  9. Sign transcript release agreement in order to share records with the high school

Cost & Payment options:

Cost: $98.67 per credit hour ($296 for 3 credit hour class)

Due to an automatic scholarship that covers two-thirds of the regular tuition rate WIU is able to offer a reduced per credit hour rate with no additional fees. There are no student fees charged for classes offered in a structured classroom setting, but participants will need to purchase the textbook for the course, if applicable, and pay a one-time $15 transcript fee.

How credit will transfer to other colleges/universities:

Depending on the course selected most of the WIU courses will be accepted at other institutions. The general education courses that have an Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) code associated with them means this course will transfer seamlessly to any other state institution in Illinois (4 year or community college). If your student plans to attend a private or out of state school after High School graduation please contact the receiving school to see how they will accept the courses in transfer. You can also create a free account at Transferology.com to see how courses will transfer.

Suggested List of Courses for Students to Consider:

A full listing of classes can be found on our course schedule link.

FAQs

Is there a Payment Plan Available?

Yes, An automated payment plan is available to divide your cost of attendance into several monthly payments. Payments are deducted monthly on the 5th of the month from the designated bank account. There is not a finance charge assessed on the contracted amount; however, there is a $2.00 per month transaction fee to cover processing. Additional charges incurred above the contracted amount will be billed and subject to a 1% finance charge if not paid by the 28th of each month.

A contract must be completed on STARS by a student or individuals with parent and guest access. Any changes to a completed agreement must be done by the student or guest that originated the contract. Only one contract per semester may be completed for each student.

For more Information available at Billing and Receivables

How will my credit transfer to other colleges/universities?

Depending on the course selected most of the WIU courses will be accepted at other institutions. The general education courses that have an Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) code associated with them means this course will transfer seamlessly to any other state institution (4 year or community college). If your student plans to attend a private or out of state school after High School graduation please contact the receiving school to see how they will accept the courses in transfer. You can also create a free account at Transferology.com to see how courses will transfer.

What if I do not meet the admissions requirements? Can I appeal the decision?

There is an appeal process if you do not meet regular dual enrollment admission requirements. You will need to file this request with the Admissions office and provide a brief personal statement and letter of support from your high school counselor. This appeal will then be taken to a board for review.

How do I register for my classes after I have been accepted?

If you are taking a class that occurs at your high school, a WIU representative may come to your high school and assist with the registration process or coordinate registration with your high school counselor.

If you live near Macomb and would like to take a class on campus or online, you can register by emailing Bryan Barker at BC-Barker@wiu.edu.

If you will want to take a class at the Quad Cities campus or you are a Cambridge High School student, contact Curtis Williams at CM-Williams11@wiu.edu.