Undergraduate Admissions

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Reach Program

Established in 1969 and formerly known as OAS (Office of Academic Services), the Reach program offers alternative admission for students whose GPA, SAT or ACT fall below WIU's average student profile.


Program Overview

Reach academic advisors will:

  • Assist you with your transition to WIU
  • Meet with you every two weeks for at least your first two semesters at WIU
  • Encourage you to use free tutoring, study tables and academic success workshops
  • Partner with parents/guardians to explain academic supports available to you and to help their understanding of your life as a college student

Admission Overview

Reach admissions decisions are based on documents that you submit to WIU.  The recommended application and material submission deadline for the Fall 2020 semester is August 1, 2020.

  • High school transcript
    • Required, and must be sent from your high school
    • Your grades in English/composition, math, science and social science are reviewed
      • Senior year math is recommended
  • SAT total or ACT composite and subscores
    • Required, and must be sent from your high school or the testing agency
    • Submit updated test scores if you choose to retake the SAT or ACT
    • WIU's SAT code: 1900
    • WIU's ACT code: 1158
  • Personal Statement
    • Recommended
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
    • Recommended

Interview for Admission

An optional admissions interview with the Reach Program review committee can be scheduled using the link below.  The interview assists the committee in making your admissions decision, and is an opportunity to share more about yourself, your goals and any challenges you have faced.  You can choose to interview over the phone or at a Discover Western open house visit.