First Year Advising Center


What is the Reach Program?

The Reach Program, formerly Office of Academic Services: OAS, was established in 1969.  It is an alternative admission program designed for students who fall just outside the ‘regular admission’ standards.  The Reach Program is committed to offering students the opportunity to participate in higher education.  

  • Students are selected based on Academic GPA in their “core classes”, ACT/SAT scores, Letters of Recommendation and Student Goal Statements.
  • Experienced Advisors serve as mentors and advocates who offer students: encouragement, advice, class registration guidance, and join with them in celebrating their many successes.
  • Advisors partner with students to guide, support and impact their experience as they navigate the first year of college.

There is no separate application for the Reach Program.  Please see details at the Office of Admission website:


For additional information you may contact Dr. Miguel Huerta, Director of FYAC at




Student and Guardian Testimonials

I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me this year. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do it without you! -Savannah 2019-2020

I feel really proud of myself and I couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for giving me a chance at WIU. –Kevin 2018-2020

Thank you so much! I couldn’t do it without having an amazing advisor like you making sure I was always on track! Thank you for everything Kelly. –Stefanie 2019-2020

I think you are a kind and thoughtful person and I am very grateful that Ja'da has you as her Advisor. You are doing such a tremendous job keeping her on her toes and helping her stay focused on her goals. Words cannot express my gratitude. I honestly see how dedicated you are to your career and the students at the school. It shows and great job! -Parent of Ja’Da 2017-2018

Thank you for teaching me to advocate for myself and see my professors during their office hours. It really helps.  Thank you for believing in me.—OAS student 2017-2018

Thank you. You have been very helpful for Mike. We really appreciate all that you have done for him to contribute to a successful first year. –Parent of Mike 2019-2020

The guidance you have given her has given her confidence that she is on the right track with her studies. Jackie mentions you quite often in our talks and I can tell you've had a great influence on her to help make her time at WIU a positive experience.—Parent of Jackie 2016-17