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

Meet your Counselor

Next Steps for Incoming Freshmen

 
Log in to STARS

wiu.edu/stars

Access your STARS student portal to:

  • Choose your date to register for WIU classes
  • Choose your Summer Orientation date
  • 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


 
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

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

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
  • 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 connect with Financial Aid, campus life and more

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


 
Housing Options

wiu.edu/housing

Macomb

Quad Cities


 
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

  • 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
Questions? Contact Us

Next Steps for Online Students

Explore Online Courses

View all scheduled online courses for Summer 2020 Link opens in a new window & Fall 2020 Link opens in a new window and projected online courses for Spring 2021 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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