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High School Counselor Resources

Western Illinois University provides a place for success for anyone who dreams of getting an education. We appreciate the vital role high school counselors play in helping students consider their options after high school. We are committed to providing information, tools and resources regarding admission to Western to help you guide your students toward a successful transition to university life. Explore our viewbooks to learn more about WIU.

  • Admission Criteria
  • Course Credits
  • FAQs
  • Visits

Freshman Admission Standards

Online application

Regular Admission, Fall 2024

Reach Admission, Fall 2024

An alternative admission program designed for students who fall just outside the 'regular admission' standards.

Dual Enrollment

Opportunity for students to take WIU classes online, livestreamed, or in classrooms while still enrolled in high school.


Course Credits

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • WIU awards credit for AP exams scoring a 3 or higher
    • General elective, elective or direct equivalency credit may be awarded
    • Official exam scores are required and exam equivalencies are posted online
  • Dual Enrollment
    • WIU offers dual enrollment courses on our campuses, online and via livestream.
    • Contact Ries Wynn-Foster,, with dual enrollment questions.
    • WIU accepts credits earned through dual credit or dual enrollment programs.
    • Contact Kassie Daly,, with questions about transferring dual enrollment courses.
  • Seal of Biliteracy
    • WIU accepts the Seal of Biliteracy.
    • Credits are awarded in the language earned or in general foreign language credit (if WIU does not offer courses in the language of the Seal).
    • Credits are determined by reviewing the student's transcript.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • WIU accepts International Baccalaureate courses at the higher level and the standard level.
    • Students must earn a 4 or higher on their exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Find your admissions representative
  • Accepted students
    • WIU's next steps include attending orientation, registering for classes, and completing a housing contract.
    • WIU does not require a deposit.
  • Admission Deadlines
    • WIU offers rolling admission decisions.
    • Applications accepted until the start of courses each term.
    • Students are encouraged to apply and submit supporting documents prior to August 1.
    • Students can receive their admission decision with unofficial information, but are required to submit official documents prior to the start of their first semester.
    • Students who falsely report academic information, or who fail to submit official academic documents, can face disciplinary consequences including expulsion from WIU.
  • Documents
    • Official transcripts
      • Transcripts can be sent electronically via Parchment or Naviance.
      • Transcripts can be mailed to
        Undergraduate Admissions
        1 University Circle
        Macomb, IL 61455
    • Official SAT scores
      • WIU’s SAT code is 1900.
      • Scores can be sent directly from the student’s account at
      • Scores sent on an official transcript are considered official.
    • Official ACT scores
      • WIU’s ACT code is 1158.
      • Scores can be sent directly from the student’s account at
      • Scores sent on an official transcript are considered official.
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Athlete Information
  • Undocumented & DACA Students

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