Undergraduate Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Freshman
  • Transfer
  • COVID-19 Information

Freshman

We have compiled a short list of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding admissions. Please check here for an answer to your question.

What are your freshman admissions requirements?
I do not have grades from my second semester of junior year. Can I still apply?
  • Yes! We will use the most recent grade point average on your high school transcript for the latest completed semester.
I did not take the SAT or ACT. Can I still apply?
  • Yes! WIU is test-optional for high school students. If you have a 2.75 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale), you will be admitted based on the GPA. Official test scores are not required for freshmen with less than a 2.75 GPA, but you may be asked to submit additional information.
Do I need to send a personal statement and letters of recommendation with my application?
  • No. If you have less than a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), we will do a personal review of your application. You may be asked to submit further information at that time.
How long does it take for my application to be processed?
  • Once we have received all your information you should receive a decision within 2-4 weeks.
How do I check the status of my application?
  • Please call 309-298-3157 or email admissions@wiu.edu to see if all your information has been received and if your file has been processed.
How will I be notified of my acceptance?
  • You will receive an email sent to the address provided on your application as well as an acceptance piece in the mail that will provide additional information about housing, registration, and financial aid.
How do I pay my enrollment deposit? How much is it?
  • Unlike many colleges, Western does not have an enrollment deposit. Please sign up for Orientation and complete a Housing contract to let us know you are planning on attending.
Do I have to commit by May 1?
  • No. You may commit to WIU at any time. Summer Orientation takes place in May and June. You may reserve your Summer Orientation date when you are ready.
What do I need to do to let Western know that I plan on attending after I am accepted?
  • There is information in your welcome packet on how to sign up for housing and orientation. Once you do these two things, we assume you are coming to Western.
Can I defer my admission?
  • Yes, if you are taking a semester or year off and not attending another college or university, you can change your enrollment to a future term. Contact us at admissions@wiu.edu to start this process.
  • If you are going to attend a community college or another university and plan to transfer to WIU later, please contact Interim Director of Transfer Services Kassie Daly at kj-daly@wiu.edu to start this process.
What is the scholarship deadline?
Do out-of-state students get in-state tuition rates?
  • Yes! You can attend WIU at the in-state tuition rate and will not pay out-of-state tuition rates.
How much are tuition and other costs?
  • WIU has the lowest tuition of any public university in Illinois. We also provide in-state tuition rates to out-of-state students. View WIU's cost website.
Does Western accept Advanced Placement (AP) classes?
  • Yes! WIU awards credit to students who complete AP exams with a score of 3 or higher. See the score requirements for each subject here.
Can I bring a car to the Macomb campus?
  • Yes, anyone can have a car on campus. View more information on parking at WIU.
Can I attend the Quad Cities campus as a freshman?
  • Yes, students may enroll as a freshman at WIU-Quad Cities. WIU-QC offers 20 majors on campus and more that are available as online-only options. Please see the list of academic programs available at WIU-QC.
    • Pick the pathway that is best for you:
      • Freshman - students must meet freshman admission requirements to enroll at WIU-QC.
      • Linkages Program - qualified students take one class at WIU-Quad Cities per semester, and the rest of their general education at a participating community college.
How do I contact departments other than Admissions?

Transfer

We have compiled a short list of some of the most frequently asked questions by transfer students. Please check here for an answer to your question.

What are your transfer requirements?
Do I have to send my college transcripts from each college I have attended?
  • Yes, we might evaluate your credits differently than your previous college did. Please have your transcripts sent electronically to admissions@wiu.edu or mailed to:

    Undergraduate Admissions
    1 University Circle
    Macomb, IL 61455


  • We will also accept unofficial transcripts for an initial admissions decision. You can go to your student portal and send a grade report or provide an unofficial copy you have in your possession. You will need to send official copies before you can register for a second semester.
How long does it take for my application to be processed?
  • Once we have received all your information you should receive a decision within 2-4 weeks.
How do I check the status of my application?
  • Please call 309-298-3157 or email transfer@wiu.edu to see if all your information has been received and if your file has been processed.
How will I be notified of my acceptance?
  • You will receive an email sent to the address provided on your application as well as an acceptance piece in the mail.
My college switched to a pass/fail grading system for Spring 2020. How will that impact my admission?
  • If you received a "P" grade, that will count toward the hours required for admission. It will not impact the GPA. A course with a grade of 'P' will transfer to WIU as an 'S' grade.
How much is tuition and other costs?
Can I bring a car to campus?
Who is my academic adviser?
  • Log in to your STARS account and look on your next steps page. Your advisor is listed underneath the Class Registration heading.
How do I contact departments other than Admissions?

COVID-19 Information

We are working to support your college decision through the COVID-19 outbreak. Our priority is for you to be safe and for our college community to be safe.

This page provides questions and answers that you may have during this time. As always, we are here for you. Please reach out with other questions to admissions@wiu.edu or (309) 298-3157.

General Undergraduate Admissions Information

Is the Undergraduate Admissions office open?
  • The physical office is open and some of our staff are continuing to work remotely. We are still providing our full range of services to students through remote and virtual methods. We are accepting applications, receiving transcripts, sending out admissions decisions and are able to connect with you in a variety of ways.
Are staff available for questions?
  • Yes! Staff are working on a regular schedule remotely. Please see contact information in the next question.
How can I contact the office?
What virtual experiences are available?
What is the university doing as a result of the COVID-19 virus?

Admitted Student Questions

When can I register for fall classes?
  • Registration for Spring 2021 begins November 2, 2020. Log in to your  STARS account  and follow the Next Steps. There is no pressure or rush to register. We are here for you when you are ready.
Is Orientation still taking place?
  • Yes! Orientation information will be sent to you when details are available. 
Do I have to commit by May 1?
  • No. You may commit to WIU at any time. 
Who can I speak with about financial concerns?
  • Our financial aid office can help you with questions. Please email financial-aid@wiu.edu or visit their website for more information.
Can I defer my admission until the uncertainty dies down?
  • Yes, if you are taking a semester or year off and not attending another college or university, you can change your enrollment to a future term. Contact us at admissions@wiu.edu to start this process.
  • If you are going to attend a community college or another university and plan to transfer to WIU later, please contact Interim Director of Transfer Services at kj-daly@wiu.edu to start this process.

Prospective Student Questions

How can I send transcripts to WIU?
  • If you can contact your school counselor or Registrar Office (transfer students), please have your transcripts sent electronically to  admissions@wiu.edu . We will also accept unofficial transcripts during this time. You can go to your student portal and send a grade report or provide an unofficial copy you have in your possession.
How can I send my test scores to WIU?
  • You do not need to send test scores to WIU as we are test optional for admission. If you want to send scores, you can contact SAT ( collegeboard.org ) or ACT ( actstudent.org ) to have official scores sent to WIU. WIU will also accept scores from your transcripts, if your school is able to send them at this time.
  • Students who have earned a 2.75 GPA or higher are not required to send a test score and will be admitted through our test optional admission policy. Official test scores are not required for freshmen with less than a 2.75 GPA, but you may be asked to submit additional information. 
Can I apply to WIU?
  • Yes, you can. We will continue to accept applications up to the start of classes for a semester for both freshmen and transfers. We also have our full, automatic scholarship program available until the start of the semester.  Apply here.
What is the scholarship deadline for Fall 2021?
I did not take the ACT/SAT. Can I still apply?
  • Yes! WIU is test optional for high school students. If you have a 2.75 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale), you will be admitted based on the GPA. Official test scores are not required for freshmen with than a 2.75 GPA, but you may be asked to submit additional information. 
My high school or college has switched to a pass/fail grading system for Spring 2020. How will that impact my admission?
  • If you are already admitted, pass/fail grades from your high school will not impact your admission at WIU. If you have not been admitted yet, we will use the GPA on your transcript to determine your admission decision.
  • For transfer students, a course with a grade of 'P' will transfer to WIU as an 'S' grade. It will not impact your GPA.