Undergraduate Admissions

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Reach Program

Established in 1969 and formerly known as OAS (Office of Academic Services), the Reach program is an alternative admission option for students whose GPA, SAT or ACT fall below WIU's average student profile.


Program Overview

Reach academic advisors use an intrusive advising model to help you

  • Attend study skills workshops on time management, note-taking and test-taking strategies
  • Connect to free tutoring and campus services
  • Stay on track in your classes and monitor grades
  • Select classes in which you are interested and that meet your degree requirements

Admission Overview

Reach admissions decisions are based on a comprehensive review of your
  • Grades in English/composition, math, science and social sciences courses
    • Grades from your senior year might be requested to make your decision
    • Senior math is recommended so that you are prepared for required college math courses
  • SAT total or ACT composite and subscores
    • Submit updated test scores if you choose to retake the SAT/ACT
  • Personal Statement if submitted
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation if submitted
  • August 1, 2020 is the recommended application and material submission for the Fall 2020 semester


Reach program interviews are not required, but are an opportunity to share more about yourself, your goals and any challenges you have faced.  Interviews are available until May 1, 2020.  Make your appointment using the link below to meet with our team over the phone or at a Discover Western open house visit.