Quad Cities Campus

Your Freshman Experience at WIU-Quad Cities

Students at WIU-Quad Cities Campus

Pick the pathway that is best for you!

Freshman Admission Requirements

Test Optional

Students with a high school diploma and a 2.75 or higher high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) will be automatically admitted to WIU. Western is one of just two public institutions in the state that are test-optional in regard to college admissions. Students must have a high school diploma and meet the requirements below.

GPA Only

Students with a 2.75 high school grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, will be admitted.

GPA plus SAT/ACT

Students between a 3.29 and a 2.0 high school grade point average will need to submit SAT/ACT scores.

Top 10% of Class Admission

Students in the top 10% of their high school class at an accredited Illinois public or private high school will be automatically admitted to WIU. The University primarily considers high school GPA in the admission decision, with SAT/ACT scores as an additional factor.

How do I apply?

The admissions application is online at wiu.edu/apply.

As a student you may self report your GPA and test scores, but we do request you send official transcripts in order to make you eligible for registration when dates open.

Documents can be sent to:
Undergraduate Admissions
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

* All documents for QC admissions are sent to Macomb for processing.

Freshman entering WIU are to have completed the following high school course work prior to entering the University:

  • English: four years of courses, with emphasis on written and oral communication and literature
  • Social Studies: three years of courses, emphasizing history and government
  • Mathematics: three years of courses, introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer programming
  • Science: three years of courses, laboratory sciences which include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or other college preparatory sciences
  • Other: two years of electives to be selected from art, film, foreign language, music, speech, theatre, journalism, religion, philosophy, and vocational education

If a student has not completed the course-specific requirements, the University will evaluate those students on a case-by-case basis for evidence of the mastery of skills in the area(s) of the deficiency.

Applicants Without a High School Diploma

Persons who do not have a high school diploma and are not currently attending high school may apply for admission if they have passed the General Educational Development test scores, received a High School Equivalency Certificate, and achieved a composite score of 20 on the ACT or a composite of 940 on the SAT. GED holders will meet with advisors who will discuss specific courses needed to meet any deficiencies in academic requirements. *If you completed the GED 5 years ago or more then ACT/SAT scores are not required*

Applicants Who Do Not Have an ACT/SAT score

Persons who do not have an ACT or SAT score, but have been out of high school for over 5 years can still apply using their high school records. Students in this situation will need to take placement exams for math and English placement.

Military Personnel >>

Veterans returning from at least one year of active military service who have received an honorable discharge will be admitted to Western Illinois University without regard to previous academic performance, provided Western is the first school the veteran attends after leaving the service. Applicants in this category are required to have graduated from a recognized high school or to have earned a High School Equivalency Certificate. Applicants who have earned 0-23 credit hours at the college level must submit official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable). Applicants who have earned 24 or more credit hours at the college level must submit official copies of college transcripts. Veterans must also submit a Member 4 copy of their DD Form 214 to receive an application waiver and credit for their military training.

REACH (For students who will not meet posted admissions standards)

http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/undergraduate_admissions/reach/

Linkages Program

Making college affordable is an important core value at WIU. The linkage program is a great way to do that through a partnership program through select community colleges and WIU.

How does this work?

A student will enroll in courses at WIU and courses with a partnering community college for the first two years. Each student will have individualized advising which will include a semester-by-semester plan they will follow to ensure courses taken at the community college not only transfer, but also align nicely within a four year degree plan.

Admissions Requirements

Students must meet freshman admissions requirements.

Program Benefits
  • Benefit significantly from the WIU Cost Guarantee. Beginning as a freshman just by taking the one course will lock in that starting year tuition and fee rate for the next four years (tuition and fees will not increase for four years) This is a savings of over 15% by graduation!
  • Earn an Associate’s degree from a partner community college and a Bachelor’s degree from WIU in a seamless manner, with supportive academic and career advisement throughout.
  • Experience the academic excellence, educational and co-curricular opportunities, and personal attention that both institutions provide.
How do I apply?

The admissions application is online at wiu.edu/apply.

As a student you may self report your GPA and test scores, but we do request you send official transcripts in order to make you eligible for registration when dates open.

Documents can be sent to:
Undergraduate Admissions
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

* All documents for QC admissions are sent to Macomb for processing.

Questions?

Contact the WIU-QC Admissions office (309) 762-1495 for questions and details.

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