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Checklist and Timeline for the Admission Process

There's a lot to do to prepare for college, and it can easily be overwhelming! Use this checklist and timeline to help you prepare for your college career at Western Illinois University. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 877/PICK WIU or email .


High School Juniors


High School Seniors


August and September




November - December
  • Begin exploring the financial aid process - you can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid anytime after January 1. Download a pre-application worksheet from to get a preview of the FAFSA form
  • If you are an athlete and want to participate in WIU Athletics, talk to your guidance counselor about the NCAA Clearinghouse . WIU sports are NCAA Division I (Football is I-AA)


  • File the FAFSA form after January 1 online at FAFSA or obtain a paper form from your guidance counselor. WIU's priority deadline for financial aid is February 1. The Federal School Code for WIU is 001780


February - April
  • Review your Student Aid Report - you will receive this about four weeks after submitting your FAFSA - make any necessary corrections
  • If you have not already signed up for Summer Orientation and Registration and applied for on-campus housing, do so now
  • Explore getting a head start on your degree by enrolling in summer classes at your local community college
  • Review your financial aid award notification from WIU
  • Take any Advanced Placement (AP) exams for any AP subjects you have taken in high school and have the scores sent to WIU


May - July
  • Make your final college choice - if you were admitted to more than one school, notify any campuses that you have chosen not to attend
  • Have your final high school transcripts showing your date of graduation sent to WIU to complete your application file
  • Attend the Summer Orientation and Registration you reserved for June or July where you will receive your class schedule and student I.D. card, as well as learn more about student life on campus
  • Review your WIU housing assignment on STARS and contact your roommate - use the housing checklist to determine what to bring when you move in
  • Submit your immunization records to Beu Health Center