Office of the Registrar

New Student Registration

New Student Registration is for freshman and transfer students who have been accepted and are ready to make arrangements to attend the Macomb campus of Western Illinois University. Once you are accepted to WIU, you will receive a Welcome Packet with information about new student registration programs and options.

Eligible students may make a reservation online through STARS (click on "Launch STARS" to sign in and select New Student Registration Reservation from the drop-down menu). Space is limited. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmations will be mailed to students.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is STARS / What is my password?
The Student / Alumni Records System (STARS) provides students, alumni, and employees with online access to their university records. [more]

Have I been accepted?
After your application has been received, you will receive notification from the admissions management area concerning your application status. [more]

Do I need placement testing?
All new freshmen are required to take placement tests and transfers who have not completed the required English composition course and an approved math class. Students needing placement testing will be required to attend a new student registration program. [more]

Will I have to pay for my classes when I register?
No. Major billing months are January, June and August. The University bills by semester, not by academic year. [more]

How do I get to Macomb?
Western Illinois University's residential campus is located in Macomb, Illinois, at the hub of Highways 67 (north-south) and 136 (east-west). [more]

Where do I get my housing information?
University Housing and Dining Services encourage all students to apply for housing on-line. [more]

What if I decide not to attend Western after I have registered?
You may submit your withdrawal request in writing to the Office of the Registrar, or you may return your fall housing confirmation form indicating your cancellation of both housing and classes. [more]