Admissions

Next Steps after Applying to WIU

Have you already received your acceptance letter in the mail? Congratulations!  Commit to Western today by completing the steps below.  If you're still waiting for your acceptance letter, review the following at your leisure.

  • Freshmen
  • Transfer
  • Graduate
  • International
  • Online

Meet your Counselor

Next Steps for Incoming Freshmen

 
Log into STARS

wiu.edu/stars

Log into your STARS student portal to:

  • Check your Financial Aid
  • Complete your Housing contract
  • Select your Summer Orientation and Registration option

Use your WIU ID and your date of birth (mmddyyyy format) to log into STARS.


 
Activate Email

wiu.edu/activate

Activate your WIU email to stay up to date with Financial Aid, campus life and more.


 
File FAFSA

fafsa.ed.gov

  • Apply starting October 1 for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are eligible to file an application
    Student loans, federal grants, state grants and some scholarships are awarded through the FAFSA
  • Add WIU's school code (001780) to receive your WIU award letter
  • Review financial aid award estimates using the Net Price Calculator

 
Scholarship Information

wiu.edu/scholarships

  • Western Commitment Scholarships, Leatherneck Scholarships and Alumni Legacy scholarships are awarded automatically upon acceptance
  • Presidential Scholarship applications are due December 1
  • WIU Foundation scholarship applications are due February 15

Meet your Counselor

Next Steps for Transfer Students

 
Log into STARS

wiu.edu/stars

Log into your  STARS student portal  to:

  • Check your Financial Aid
  • Complete your Housing contract if you would like to live on campus or have earned fewer than 60 credit hours
  • Select your New Student Registration option

Use your WIU ID and your date of birth (mmddyyyy format) to log into STARS.


 
Activate Email

wiu.edu/activate

Activate your WIU email  to stay up to date with Financial Aid, campus life and more.

 


 
Determine Housing Arrangements

Transfer Students have the opportunity to live on or off campus depending on the number of credit hours that have been earned prior to beginning at WIU.

  • Students that will have 60 or more earned credit hours are able to live on or off campus.
  • Students with less than 60 earned hours will be REQUIRED to live on campus or will need to petition to University Housing and Dining and apply for a waiver
    • Students with past active military credit of one year or more may apply that to living and other residence hall living experience to meet requirements.
    • Other exemptions like medical reasons, age and families may also have this requirement waived.

Please check out our University Housing and Dining Services Website for Housing options, meal plans and other importation information.


 
Financial Matters

Refer to Appropriate Offices

Regardless of financial need, all students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


 
Buying Textbooks

On Campus (in Macomb) - The University Bookstore:

The University Bookstore is located inside the Student Union

Hours of Operation:

Fall & Spring Semester
Monday - Friday - 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday - 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Summer Semester
Monday - Friday - 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Other Hours
Additional hours during Opening Rush, Family Weekends and Special Events. Call the bookstore for additional hours at 309-298-1931.

By Telephone:

Order your textbooks directly from the WIU Union Bookstore toll free at 1-800-338-6369. You have the choice of having your order delivered to the address you choose. Quad Cities students can have their books delivered to the Quad City campus free of charge and pick them up at the student services desk in building 4.

Online:

Order your textbooks online directly from the WIU Union Bookstore at books.wiu.edu with the same delivery choices as the telephone orders.

Textbook Rental:

See http://wiubookstore.rentsbooks.com/ for more information on rental of select titles.


 
Accessing Online Coursework

About WesternOnline - Western online is the platform for online courses, but also serves as an additional online tool for structed classes where instructors often post notes, assignments and requires additional interaction through this program.

Where do I find WesternOnline?

Students MUST first activate their WIU Email account in order to log in to any online course or use the classroom tool. All online courses are accessed via WesternOnline.

A link to WesternOnline is also available from the "myWIU" option on the WIU Home page. Login requires the student ECOM user name and the 8 digit password created for the student Zimbra Email account.

  • Enter the specific course web site by clicking on the appropriate link in the “My Courses” area of the page.
  • Contact the HELP DESK at 309/298-2704 if you have any problems accessing your course.
  • Contact course instructor with any questions related to specific course requirements and responsibilities.

When will my online course start?

Most online courses begin the first week of the term and end the last week of the term unless otherwise noted as Irregular ("IRR"). You can find this information on STARS. Most courses will NOT appear on your WesternOnline website until the first week of the term.

Will I have to come to campus to take exams?

Some courses require that the exams be proctored, while others utilize online exams. Exam specifications can be found in the course syllabus which is available on the course website on the first day of the course. Students wishing to obtain this information prior to the first day are advised to email the instructor.

Please contact the WIU Testing Center for more information about proctored exams.


 
Student Insurance & Immunization Forms

Macomb Students

Students attending the Macomb campus are automatically enrolled and pay for student health insurance. If you are already covered under an existing insurance plan that is of equal or greater coverage than the student plan you will need to provide proof of that insurance in order to opt out of the plan.

Students are also REQUIRED to submit immunization forms to the Beu Health Center. The Health Center will send you additional information on this step.

Quad City Students

Students in the Quad Cities are not required to submit proof of insurance or immunization (unless they are education majors and will need those records for program purposes). Quad City students can purchase student health insurance, but must do so before the 10th day of classes.


 
Send final transcripts

If you will be transferring to Western immediately following finishing at another institution we will need to have final transcripts and grades on file. If you will be transferring from a community college with an associates degree please ask the institution send your transcript with the degree confirmed/conferred.

Questions? Contact Us

Next Steps for Graduate Students

Paying for Graduate School
Explore Housing & Dining Options

Start exploring WIU's housing and dining options right away! Once you've been accepted, you can apply for housing online.

Graduate & Family Housing

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for housing, and take advantage of the many benefits living on campus has to offer. Explore Western's graduate and family housing options on our housing website.

Off-campus housing

Meal Plans

The dining plan at Western is one of the most flexible programs in the country. You pay for what you eat, allowing you to control your budget, and eat when and where you'd like. You also have the option of front-loading your plan with additional money if you know you will need more purchasing power. Learn more about your dining options at our dining website.

Commit to Western

Have you been accepted? Congratulations! We encourage you to commit to Western as soon as you receive your acceptance packet in the mail:

1. Confirm your Information

Confirm your information by logging into WIU's "STARS" system with your WIU ID number (located in the front cover of your acceptance packet). The first time you access STARS, your password will be your month, day and full year of birth (mmddyyyy). You will then be required to change your password. For STARS assistance, contact the Support Center at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).

STARS provides access to registration, grades, financial aid information, housing assignments, billing information, and much more.

2. Activate your WIU Email (ECom)

Activate your electronic communication (ECom) account. Your ECom username is provided inside the cover of your acceptance packet. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Support Center at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).

3. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

The University participates in the Federal Perkins Loan Program, the Federal Work-Study Program, and the Federal Direct Loan Program. For detailed information on the application process, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Some departments have special scholarship opportunities for graduate students. Information concerning these scholarships can be obtained from the Scholarship Office.

4. Attend a New Graduate Student Orientation

A postcard invitation will be sent to you with details to attend an orientation at either the Macomb or Quad Cities campus.

5. Submit your Housing Application

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for housing, and take advantage of the many benefits living on campus has to offer. When you apply, you will indicate your Living-Learning community preference, hall preference (if transferring with 30 or more credit hours), roommate preference, choose a meal plan, and will answer a series of lifestyle questions.

6. Submit Immunization Records

The state of Illinois requires college and university students to provide proof of immunity to Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Rubeola, and Meningitis. Vaccines are available for purchase at Beu Health Center.

All required immunization information must be submitted and in compliance within the first 10 days of the semester on campus. Failure to do so will result in registration encumbrance and a processing fee. For any questions or clarifications, contact the Immunizations Compliance Office.

Questions? Contact Us

Next Steps for International Students

Paying for College
Explore Housing & Dining Options

Start exploring WIU's housing and dining options right away! Once you've been accepted, you can apply for housing online.

On-Campus Housing

Macomb campus students are encouraged to apply for university housing, and take advantage of the many benefits living on campus has to offer.

Off-Campus Housing
Meal Plans

The dining plan at Western is one of the most flexible programs in the country. You pay for what you eat, allowing you to control your budget, and eat when and where you'd like. All students buy into a basic a la carte meal plan, but you also have the option of front-loading your plan with additional money if you know you will need more purchasing power. Learn more about your dining options at our dining website.

Commit to Western

Have you been accepted? Congratulations! We encourage you to commit to Western as soon as you receive your acceptance packet in the mail:

1. Confirm your Information

Confirm your information by logging into WIU's "STARS" system with your WIU ID number (located in the front cover of your acceptance packet). The first time you access STARS, your password will be your month, day and full year of birth (mmddyyyy). You will then be required to change your password. For STARS assistance, contact the Support Center at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).

STARS provides access to registration, grades, financial aid information, housing assignments, billing information, and much more.

2. Activate your WIU Email (ECom)

Activate your electronic communication (ECom) account. Your ECom username is provided inside your acceptance packet. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Support Center at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).

3. Apply for Scholarships

Scholarship applications are due by February 15. Visit our Scholarship office website for more information.

4. Review Immigration Status Requirements

Learn more about maintaining your immigration status while in the U.S.

5. Locate your Immunization Records

All new students born after 1957 are required by the Illinois College Student Immunization Act to provide a record of your immunizations to the University.

Bring your completed health history form and other medical records (with an English translation, if necessary) with you to WIU. If you are unable to locate proof of past immunizations you must be re-vaccinated. For any questions or clarifications, contact the Immunizations Compliance Office.

Students must be enrolled in WIU's medical insurance plan to cover unexpected emergencies, specialized care, etc. If you are a sponsored student and have your own insurance, you must complete an insurance waiver. You will learn more about this at orientation.

6. Attend the New International Student Orientation program

The New International Student Orientation (NISO) program is a mandatory event that wil help you adjust to your new home. The week before classes begin every semester, an extensive orientation program is provided to introduce you to important aspects of the campus and community. NISO includes:

  • airport/train pick-up and transportation
  • presentations about U.S. immigration regulations, how to be successful at WIU, academic advising, cultural information, ESL placement testing, banking & shopping trips, campus & city tours, social activities and insurance
Questions? Contact Us

Next Steps for Online Students

Explore Online Courses

View all scheduled online courses for Spring 2020 Link opens in a new window & Summer 2020 Link opens in a new window and projected online courses for Fall 2020 Link opens in a new window semesters. (Links will open in a new window.)

Paying for College
Commit to Western

Have you been accepted? Congratulations! We encourage you to commit to Western as soon as you receive your acceptance packet in the mail:

1. Confirm your Information

Confirm your information by logging into WIU's "STARS" system with your WIU ID number (located in the front cover of your acceptance packet). The first time you access STARS, your password will be your month, day and full year of birth (mmddyyyy). You will then be required to change your password. For STARS assistance, contact the Support Center at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).

STARS provides access to registration, grades, financial aid information, billing information, and much more.

2. Activate your WIU Email (ECom)

Activate your electronic communication (ECom) account. Your ECom username is provided in your acceptance packet. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Support Center at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).

3. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

The first step in the financial aid process is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Designate Western Illinois University (code 001780) as the school to receive the results. The FAFSA can be submitted beginning on October 1. Submit your FAFSA by this date for full consideration for financial aid. Visit our Financial Aid office website to get started.

Scholarship applications are due by February 15. Visit our Scholarship office website for more information.

Western Commitment Scholarships are awarded upon acceptance with no application needed. Awards are based on your high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Details may be found on the Western Commitment website.

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