Undergraduate Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about Summer Orientation and Registration:

If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, contact Orientation at (309) 298-3157 or orientation@wiu.edu, or visit the Contact page for a list of other University areas which may be able to assist you.


Program Questions

  • Why is Summer Orientation and Registration so important?
    Participating in the Summer Orientation and Registration program is one of the first steps that students take in their transition to the University. During Summer Orientation and Registration, you will meet with an academic advisor from your intended major, register for classes, meet with faculty members, and interact with other students. You will also learn academic requirements and services that will be invaluable your first semester.
  • What type of identification will I need to present in order to get my student ID?
    All students will be REQUIRED to provide a legal form of identification in order to get their WIU student identification card. The following are the ONLY acceptable forms of picture identification: driver's license or state identification card, U.S. or foreign passport, military ID, or INS I-1551 resident alien card. For the Canada Provinces a driver's license, learner permit, or official province ID are acceptable. The Mexican Counselate ID, Matricula Counsular, is also acceptable under Illinois law. The Illinois Firearm ID (FOID card) will not be accepted as a legal form of identification.
  • What is there to do in the evening?
    Activities are scheduled for both the students and family members/guests.

Placement Testing Questions

  • I have never taken any college classes; do I have to take English and math placement tests?
    Freshmen entering without college credit in an appropriate English composition class 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.
  • I have taken classes at another college; do I have to take English or math placement tests?
    Freshman students who are transferring in the equivalent of WIU's English 180 (College Writing I) will not be required to participate in the English placement exercise. They will, however, need to bring proof of completion of the English course taken elsewhere. Students with completion of an approved equivalent to WIU's Intermediate Algebra or above will not be required to take the math placement test.
  • Can I use a calculator in the math placement test?
    Yes, you can bring your own calculator or use the drop down calculator in the COMPASS program.
  • What if I am placed into a non-credit Math course?
    Depending on your math background, you may be advised to take the COMPASS exam to try to place into a higher course.
  • If my placement remains Math 099N, the non-credit course, can I take it at a community college before I come to WIU?
    Yes, we encourage you to take the equivalent of Math 099N at your area community college before attending WIU. Once you select a registration date, you will receive a letter explaining how to determine what your math placement will be so that you can decide whether or not to take a math course over the summer.
  • What if I need special testing accommodations?
    Students needing any accommodations in order to fully participate in these events, should contact Disability Resource Center at (309) 298-2512.

Program Reservation/Attendee Accommodation Questions

  • Do I have to attend Summer Orientation and Registration?
    All incoming freshman must attend the entire two-day Summer Orientation and Registration program. We strongly encourage family members and guests to attend the program as well, but it is not required.
  • What if I reserved a date but want to change it?
    Simply return to
    STARS and select a new program date. You may also contact Orientation at (309) 298-3157. When you are blocked from registering for some dates, these sessions are closed and no longer available for reservation. Please note that if you change program dates, you will receive another Date Confirmation Mailer.
  • How will I know that I am able to attend the program date I reserved?
    If you reserve your date online, you will immediately get a confirmation of the date you chose on the website. You will then be mailed a postcard. Beginning March/April, you will receive a Date Confirmation Mailer. Your date will appear inside the Date Confirmation Mailer. This mailer will outline all of the information you need to know to attend Summer Orientation and Registration.
  • When can I expect to receive my Date Confirmation Mailer?
    If you made a reservation before April, you will receive a confirmation postcard. Beginning March/April, a detailed Date Confirmation Mailer will be mailed to you.
  • Is there a deadline to make a reservation for a program?
    You may choose to reserve any program on STARS that is open up until four days or less before day one of the program. Dates that remain open will have a radio button. Dates that are closed will be in red and say "closed". We encourage you to select a date as early as possible for the best choice of classes.
  • How do I register guests for the program?
    You can make a reservation online for guests that are planning on attending the program at the same time you select a program date, or you may return the form enclosed in the Date Confirmation Mailer. Once you have selected your program date on STARS, a Date Confirmation Mailer will be mailed to you.
  • What if I need to make attendee accommodation changes for my family/guests?
    Simply return to STARS and edit your family/guest information.  You may also contact Orientation at (309) 298-3157 if you need to make any changes to your original reservation. Changes can include a guest who is no longer able to attend, someone who is attending in a guest's place, more guests have decided to come, or special accommodations are now needed to be made for you or your guest. We will do everything possible to accommodate required changes; however, please contact us at least four (4) business days prior to the scheduled Summer Orientation and Registration program date, if possible.
  • What guests are appropriate to bring to the Summer Orientation and Registration program?
    All guests are welcome to attend; however, the program is not recommended for children under the age of 12 years old. When choosing guests, remember this is an intensive two-day program and there is a $35 fee for each guest attending/staying overnight on campus or a $25 fee for each guest attending/staying off campus. This fee will apply to each guest attending the program regardless of age.

Fees Questions

  • What is the family/guest cost to attend the Summer Orientation and Registration program?
    The student program cost is included in the student fee and will be billed to the student's account. If a family member/guest stays on campus overnight in the residence hall, the cost will be $35 per person (regardless of age) for lodging and meals. If a family member/guest chooses not to stay on campus overnight, the cost will be $25 per person (regardless of age) for meals and materials. Payment is due at residence hall check-in on day one of your program. A check, cash, or credit card may be used for payment. For lodging accommodations, families will not be paired with another family. Each family will be assigned to its own room which has two single beds.

Accommodation Questions