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Become a Leatherneck

Purple Stands Out

It starts here. At Western Illinois University, Leathernecks refuse to blend in because our purple is meant to stand out.

Join our contact list to stay up to date with our Admissions team on how to become a Leatherneck.

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Freshman Admission

We believe in your potential as a Leatherneck and our team is here to help you through each step.

If you earned college hours while in high school or if you enrolled at another college during the summer between high school and your attendance at WIU in the fall, you will still be classified as a freshman.

No such thing as state lines

Coming from any U.S. state or Territory? Pay the same in-state tuition rates!

Other paths to Admission

Whether you're a transfer student, international applicant, adult learner, or seeking admission through another route, WIU provides accessible avenues to join our vibrant community. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the process, ensuring your individual needs are met and your academic goals are within reach.


Find your admission counselor to set up a meeting to learn more!

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The Unexpected
Lives Here


Our Admission team is here to help you every step of the way.

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