Undergraduate Admissions

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High School Dual Enrollment

Complete college courses for credit while you are still in high school. Get a jump start on college and finish your degree in less than four years. Choose from classes on campus or online.

An automatic scholarship is applied when you register that covers two-thirds of your per credit hour cost.

Requirements

  • 3 completed semesters of high school
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 Scale
  • If GPA is lower than the 3.0 ACT or SAT scores are required to determine admission
  • Letter of permission from a high school representative (Counselor or Principal)

3 Steps to Apply

  • Fill out the application at wiu.edu/apply (Click on "Additional Applicants" and select "Dual Enrollment" as student type)
  • Submit letter of permission from High School Counselor or Administrator
  • Submit official high school transcripts and test scores (if required)
Example cost for a 3 credit hour course
Regular WIU student $888 tuition
Dual-enrollment student With $592 scholarships = $296 in tuition / 3 credit hour class *

* Includes all fees except for textbooks


Where can I take classes?

Online

Students can take online courses at WIU for the same cost as an in person course Students enrolling in online courses need to:

  • Have access to the internet
  • Ability to log into the online class several times a week
  • Be self-disciplined to meet deadlines and published due date

See our list of suggested online courses 

On a WIU Campus

Students are welcome on either campus of WIU to take a college level course that they meet the requirements for. We have some suggested courses for students to consider, but a full listing of classes can be found on our course schedule link.

Suggested Macomb Course Listings 

At my High School

Some High Schools are offering the opportunity to take a WIU course taught at their High School by a WIU instructor or as a group online class. The following on-site offerings are available at these participating High Schools:

Spring 2020 High School Course Offerings:

  • Quincy High School
  • West Prairie
  • West Central
  • Macomb High School
  • Cambridge High School

Fall 2020- TBD

If you would be interested in setting up onsite dual enrollment opportunities at your school either as a structured or online class section please contact:
Dr. Kristi Mindrup, Assistant Vice President, QC Academic Affairs
Phone: 309-762-9481


Resources for Counselors & Parents

High School Counselor Information

If you would be interested in setting up onsite dual enrollment opportunities at your school either as a structured or online class section please contact:

Dr. Kristi Mindrup, Assistant Vice President, QC Academic Affairs
Phone: 309-762-9481

What to submit for your students:

  1. Permission Form (Print out form and complete)
  2. Final transcripts showing 3 semesters of completed coursework
  3. SAT/ACT scores ONLY if GPA is below 3.0 (if already on the transcript these are official)
  4. Work with Admissions Office at the appropriate location to set up an orientation for students participating in the program.
    *Contact Kassie Daly at KJ-Daly@wiu.edu or Katy Gorsuch at KL-Gorsuch@wiu.edu to begin the process. Some students will complete their registration by contacting their assigned WIU advisor if there is not a group of students from the same high school participating in the program or the student is unable to make the scheduled date. 

How credit will transfer to other colleges/universities:

Depending on the course selected most of the WIU courses will be accepted at other institutions. The general education courses that have an Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) code associated with them means the course will transfer seamlessly to any other state institution in Illinois (4 year or community college). If your student plans to attend a private or out of state school after High School graduation please contact the receiving school to see how they will accept the courses in transfer.

Suggested List of Courses for Students to Consider:

Online Course Options           On-campus course options (Macomb)

Parent Information

Why Dual Enrollment with WIU?

Dual enrollment classes gives high schools students the ability to experience a college level class while still having the support of high school and college personnel. Some dual classes may fulfill needed general education requirements and others may give your student the opportunity to experience a class in a major they may be interested in pursuing after high school.

Enrollment steps for your student:

  1. Apply online at wiu.edu/applynow
  2. Select “Special High School Student” as student type in application
  3. Submit transcripts with final grades for at least 3 semesters
  4. Submit ACT or SAT scores (if the high school GPA is less than 3.0)
  5. Submit recommendation form/letter from the high school counselor or administrator *The counselor/administrator can do this online in the Counselor section of the webpage
  6. Attend an orientation and registration session (to be scheduled by WIU)
  7. Some students may complete their registration by contacting their assigned advisor
  8. Fill out intent to attend WIU after high school (if applicable) that will be mailed with the acceptance letter
  9. Sign record/transcript agreement in order to share records with the high school (also mailed to the student).

Cost & Payment options:

Cost: $98.67 per credit hour ($296 for 3 credit hour class)

Due to an automatic scholarship that covers two-thirds of the regular tuition rate WIU is able to offer a reduced per credit hour rate with no additional fees.

There are no student fees charged for classes offered in a structured classroom setting, but participants will need to purchase the textbook for the course if applicable.

How credit will transfer to other colleges/universities:

Depending on the course selected most of the WIU courses will be accepted at other institutions. The general education courses that have an Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) code associated with them means this course will transfer seamlessly to any other state institution in Illinois (4 year or community college). If your student plans to attend a private or out of state school after High School graduation please contact the receiving school to see how they will accept the courses in transfer.

Suggested List of Courses for Students to Consider:

Online Course Options           On-campus course options (Macomb)

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FAQs

Is there a Payment Plan Available?

Yes, An automated payment plan is available to divide your cost of attendance into several monthly payments. Payments are deducted monthly on the 5th of the month from the designated bank account. There is not a finance charge assessed on the contracted amount; however, there is a $2.00 per month transaction fee to cover processing. Additional charges incurred above the contracted amount will be billed and subject to a 1% finance charge if not paid by the 28th of each month.

A contract must be completed on STARS by a student or individuals with parent and guest access. Any changes to a completed agreement must be done by the student or guest that originated the contract. Only one contract per semester may be completed for each student.

More Information: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/business_services/billing/payments.php

How will my credit transfer to other colleges/universities?

Depending on the course selected most of the WIU courses will be accepted at other institutions. The general education courses that have an Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) code associated with them means this course will transfer seamlessly to any other state institution (4 year or community college). If your student plans to attend a private or out of state school after High School graduation please contact the receiving school to see how they will accept the courses in transfer. There is also a tool available at transferology.com to check credit transfer.

What if I do not qualify to take a Dual Enrollment Course? Can I appeal the decision?

There is an appeal process if you do not meet regular admission requirements. You will need to file this request with the admissions office and provide a brief personal statement and letters of recommendation from academic sources. This appeal will then be taken to a board for review.

How do I register for my classes after I have been accepted?

If you are taking a class that occurs at your high school, WIU representatives will come to your high school and assist with the registration process.

If you live near Macomb and would like to take a class on campus or online there will be registration and orientation dates for these opportunities. 

If you will want to take a class at the Quad Cities campus or online and you are near the Quad Cities campus, contact Curtis Williams CM-Williams11@wiu.edu