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Freshman Admission Requirements

  • Test Optional
    Admission is test optional - SAT/ACT scores are not required. You must earn a high school diploma and meet the requirements below to be admitted.
  • 2.75+ GPA on a 4.0 scale OR 3.44+ GPA on a 5.0 scale
    You will be admitted.
  • 2.0-2.74 GPA on a 4.0 scale OR 2.5-3.43 GPA on a 5.0 scale
    Your application will be reviewed and additional information may be requested. You are encouraged to submit a high school transcript rather than self-report your grades on the admissions application.
  • Top 10% of Class Admission
    Students in the top 10% of their high school class at an accredited Illinois public or private high school will be automatically admitted to WIU.

WIU Transfer Admission Guarantee program (TAG)

The TAG program offers the opportunity for students who are transferring from an accredited institution guaranteed admission to Western Illinois University to complete their bachelor's degree. Students must meet the TAG requirements to be eligible for the program and also sign a participation agreement.

Why be a part of TAG?
  • This program allows transfer students to stay on top of their transfer experience from the very beginning.
  • Students who sign up to be a part of TAG will receive course credit evaluations and a WIU degree audit of their courses every semester.
  • Admissions counselors work closely with TAG students to help with the full transfer experience.
  • This program is ideal for community college transfer students who are looking to attend WIU. We will also work with students who are transferring from any institution.
  • $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP given to TAG students who enroll at least part time (6 credit hours or more) at WIU immediately after their community college experience and meet the 2.0 GPA (with 24 earned credit hours) listed in the program requirements.

For more information and to get started with tag go to wiu.edu/tag


How do I apply?

The admissions application is online at wiu.edu/apply .

As a student you may self report your GPA and test scores, but we do request you send official transcripts in order to make you eligible for registration when dates open.

Documents can be sent to:
Undergraduate Admissions
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

* All documents for QC admissions are sent to Macomb for processing.

Freshman entering WIU are to have completed the following high school course work prior to entering the University:

  • English: four years of courses, with emphasis on written and oral communication and literature
  • Social Studies: three years of courses, emphasizing history and government
  • Mathematics: three years of courses, introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer programming
  • Science: three years of courses, laboratory sciences which include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or other college preparatory sciences
  • Other: two years of electives to be selected from art, film, foreign language, music, speech, theatre, journalism, religion, philosophy, and vocational education

If a student has not completed the course-specific requirements, the University will evaluate those students on a case-by-case basis for evidence of the mastery of skills in the area(s) of the deficiency.

Applicants Without a High School Diploma

Applicants Without a High School Diploma Persons who do not have a high school diploma and are not currently attending high school may apply for admission if they have passed the General Educational Development (GED) Test. Applicants must submit official GED test scores to the WIU Office of Admissions. GED holders will meet with advisors who will discuss specific courses needed to meet any deficiencies in academic requirements.

Military Personnel >>

Veterans returning from at least one year of active military service who have received an honorable discharge will be admitted to Western Illinois University without regard to previous academic performance, provided Western is the first school the veteran attends after leaving the service. Applicants in this category are required to have graduated from a recognized high school or to have earned a High School Equivalency Certificate. Applicants who have earned 0-23 credit hours at the college level must submit official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable). Applicants who have earned 24 or more credit hours at the college level must submit official copies of college transcripts. Veterans must also submit a Member 4 copy of their DD Form 214 to receive an application waiver and credit for their military training.

REACH (For students who will not meet posted admissions standards)

www.wiu.edu/reach/