General Information - Prospective Students
Applying: Making application to the University as soon as possible is advised. New freshmen students entering in the fall semester have the opportunity to register for their classes as early as February; transfers as early as March/April. Be sure to carefully read and follow instructions given for all information concerning the New Student Registration Program. Choose the earliest possible date, as it becomes more difficult to find open courses during the later registration dates.
All new freshmen will take the English placement test which is a 40-minute writing sample. Students are asked to read a quote and then write an essay explaining whether they agree or disagree with the quote and why. The mathematics department will do an initial placement into math courses using a student's math ACT score and the math courses completed in high school as guidelines. The mathematics department may recommend that a student take the math placement test (called COMPASS) to improve the placement level
Refer to the Mathematics Department for the official procedure for placement.
Frequently asked questions about compass testing as well as a practice exam. WIU and many of the community colleges offer the COMPASS exam.
Math.com provides tips on working with different math subjects.
Campus Visits: If you are planning a campus visit and wish to meet with an advisor, please call to make an appointment in advance (309) 298-1438. Advisors are busy with current students and registration during November and April. Other months would be a better time to meet with them. Maps and Directions
Freshmen are encouraged to take as much math as possible in high school. Many students come to Western unprepared for the completion of their mathematics requirement and consequently are required to take remediation courses, which sometimes causes a delay in the timely completion of their major. You will be required to take both an English and mathematics placement exam before you register for classes.
Transfers are encouraged to complete the mathematic requirement for their major before transferring to Western. Many students, like the freshmen, come to WIU unprepared and are faced with remediation courses and delays in completing major requirements.
After being admitted to the University, you will receive information concerning the New Student Registration Program. Read and follow the instructions carefully. The evaluation of your transfer credit is not completed until you respond to the New Student Registration Program information. If you choose to register directly with your advisor, you need to make sure you have notified Transfer Admissions. Within a week to ten days, you should receive the Evaluation of Transfer Work (green form). Look the evaluation over carefully to see if you have received proper credit. Discuss any questions or concerns with your advisor. Once you receive this evaluation, you may call to make an appointment with your major advisor to register for your classes. Be sure to identify yourself as a "New Transfer Student".
Additional Information: Be sure to review the additional information concerning admission for freshmen and transfers provided by the WIU Admissions Office, and information concerning the New Student Registration Program.
Scholarships: There are a number of university and departmental scholarships available to new incoming transfer and freshmen students. Be sure to also check the individual major department website for information and applications available through them. You may also want to check Collegezone.com for scholarships issued by the State of Illinois.
Teacher Education Directed General Education Requirements
|Elementary/Early Childhood/Bilingual Education Majors:||Special Education Majors:||Secondary Education Majors:|
|ENG 180 (C grade required)||ENG 180 (C grade required)||ENG 180(C grade required|
|ENG 280 (C grade required)||ENG 280 (C grade required)||ENG 280 (C grade required)|
|COMM 241 (C grade required)||COMM 241 (C grade required)||COMM 241(C grade required)|
|MATH 106||MATH 106|
|MATH 206||MATH 206|
|BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE*||BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE (4 s.h. lab)|
|PHYSICAL SCIENCE*||PHYSICAL SCIENCE (3-4 s.h.; preferably 4 s.h. lab)|
|HIST 105 OR 106||HIST 105 OR 106|
|POLS 122||POLS 122|
|ART 180||SOC 100|
|MUS 190||MUS 190 recommended|
|GEOG 110||GEOG 110 recommended|
|ANTH 110 ( Bilingual majors only)|
|* Illinois students are encouraged to complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative Agreement (IAI). Please inform your Advisor or Registrar that you are seeking IAI.||* Illinois students are encouraged to complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative Agreement (IAI). Please inform your Advisor or Registrar that you are seeking IAI.||University Gen Ed specific to major program - see catalog; consult teacher education advisor|
|*One lab science; 8 s.h. required|
All transfer teacher education majors are encouraged to have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (400) prior to transferring to WIU