Admissions

You're In!

You are on your way to becoming a Leatherneck and we couldn't be more excited!
After you receive your acceptance letter, please follow the steps below.

  • Freshmen
  • Transfer
  • Graduate
  • International
  • Online
  • Dual Enrollment

Meet your Counselor

Next Steps for Incoming Freshmen

 
Log in to STARS

wiu.edu/stars

Access your STARS student portal to:

  • Book an appointment with your academic advisor to register for classes
  • Register for orientation 
  • Check your Financial Aid 

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


 
Activate Email

wiu.edu/activate

Activate your WIU email to connect with Financial Aid, campus life and more

Use your WIU ID and your ECOM username to set up your WIU email account


 

 

Register for Virtual Orientation

Macomb

November 13, 2020

Quad Cities

January 13, 2021


 
Enrollment Deposit

WIU does not require a deposit. Sign up for orientation and complete your housing application to let us know you plan to attend.


 
Financial Resources

wiu.edu/fa


 
Scholarship Information

wiu.edu/scholarships

  • Western Commitment Scholarships, Leatherneck Scholarships and Alumni Legacy scholarships are awarded automatically upon admission
  • Foundation scholarship applications are due by March 1, 2021
  • Estimate your scholarships and financial aid using the Net Price Calculator

 
Campus Housing Opportunities

Macomb

  • Complete your housing application at wiu.edu/apply4housing
  • Choose your roommate with RoomMate Matching within STARS after your housing application is complete

Quad Cities

Meet your Counselor

Next Steps for Transfer Students

 
Log in to STARS

wiu.edu/stars

Access your STARS student portal to:

  • Check your Financial Aid
  • Register for orientation 
  • Connect with your advisor to set up your schedule

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 connect with Financial Aid, campus life and more

Use your WIU ID and your ECOM username to set up your WIU email account

 


 

Register for Virtual Orientation

Macomb

November 13, 2020

Quad Cities

January 13, 2021


 
Housing Options

wiu.edu/housing

Macomb

Quad Cities


 
Financial Resources

wiu.edu/fa


 
Scholarship Information

wiu.edu/scholarships

  • Transfer Commitment Scholarships are awarded automatically upon acceptance
  • WIU Foundation scholarship applications are due May 1

 
Health Insurance and Immunization Records

Macomb

  • Health insurance is required and automatically charged to your student account
  • Health insurance waivers are available if you are covered through an existing plan (provide waiver prior to the 10th day of your WIU classes)
  • Immunization form is required and can be submitted to the Beu Health Center

Quad Cities

  • Health insurance is available and must be requested prior to the 10th day of your WIU classes
  • Immunization records are not required except as determined by academic program

 
Purchase or Rent Textbooks 

bookstore.wiu.edu

  • Order online or in-store (located in the University Union on the Macomb campus)
  • New, used and book rentals available
  • Pick up books at the Macomb or Quad Cities campus
  • Ship books to your address

 
Send final transcripts
  • Submit an updated official transcript at the end of each semester
  • Final transcripts are required.  If earning an associate degree, please ask the institution to include degree conferral/confirmation on the transcript
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

Next Steps for Online Students

 
Log in to STARS

wiu.edu/stars

Access your STARS student portal to:

  • Choose your date to register for WIU classes
  • Connect with your WIU academic advisor
  • Check your Financial Aid 

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


 
Activate Email & WesternOnline

wiu.edu/activate

Activate your WIU account to access WIU email and WesternOnline

  • WIU email connects you to Financial Aid and WIU student services
  • WesternOnline is your portal to connect to courses, homework and more

Use your WIU ID and your ECOM username to set up your WIU email account


 
Financial Resources

wiu.edu/fa


 
Scholarship Information

wiu.edu/scholarships

  • Commitment Scholarships, Leatherneck Scholarships and Alumni Legacy Scholarships are awarded automatically upon acceptance
  • WIU Foundation scholarship applications are due:
    • December 1 for the WIU Presidential Scholarship
    • February 15 for incoming freshmen
    • May 1 for incoming transfer students

 
Housing Options

wiu.edu/housing

  • Complete your housing application if you would like to live on the Macomb campus at wiu.edu/apply4housing

Meet your Counselor

Next Steps for Dual Enrollment Students

 
Register for Classes

Macomb

  • Contact your academic advisor to register for classes, withdraw from classes or accessing academic resources
    Brian Barker
    BC-Barker@wiu.edu
  • You can request to meet with your advisor over the phone or in person

Quad Cities

  • Contact your academic advisor to register for classes, withdraw from classes or accessing academic resources
    Curtis Williams
    CM-Williams3@wiu.edu
  • You can request to meet with your advisor over the phone or in person

 

 

Log in to STARS

wiu.edu/stars

Your STARS student portal contains your academic records and financial information 

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


 

Activate Email

wiu.edu/activate

Activate your WIU email and WesternOnline account

  • WIU email connects you to WIU faculty & staff
  • WesternOnline is your platform to access course assignments and, for online classes, access course materials

 

Submit Admissions Forms

Admissions Update Form

  • Complete if you are considering attending WIU after high school

Transcript Release

  • Complete if you want to grant your high school counselor permission to request your WIU course grades each semester.
  • Highly recommended if your school will be adding your WIU grades to your high school transcript 

 

Scholarships & Payments

wiu.edu/stars

You automatically receive a scholarship covering 2/3 of your tuition cost and for the remaining 1/3 of your tuition cost, you can:

Set up a Payment Plan

  • Set up a payment plan to spread payments over 3 months, 4 months or 5 months
  • Automatically deducted from your bank account each month

Pay in Full

  • Pay your account balance via bank account or credit card