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High School Counselor Resources

Western Illinois University provides a place for success for anyone who dreams of getting an education. We appreciate the vital role high school counselors play in helping students consider their options after high school. We are committed to providing information, tools and resources regarding admission to Western to help you guide your students toward a successful transition to university life.

  • Admission Criteria
  • Course Credits
  • FAQs
  • Resources
  • Visits

Freshman Admission Standards

Online application

Regular Admission, Fall 2021
  • Test Optional
    Admission is test optional - SAT/ACT scores are not required.  Students must earn a high school diploma and meet the requirements below to be admitted.

    2.75+ GPA on a 4.0 scale OR 3.44+ GPA on a 5.0 scale
    Students will be admitted.

    2.0-2.74 GPA on a 4.0 scale OR 2.5-3.43 GPA on a 5.0 scale
    Students' applications will be reviewed and additional information may be requested. Students are encouraged to submit a high school transcript rather than self-report their grades on the admissions application.

    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.

  • WIU accepts self-reported, unofficial or official documents to make an admissions decision.
  • WIU will use the student's weighted or unweighted GPA, whichever is higher, and convert to a 4.0 scale. If you are unsure which grading scale WIU uses for your school, please contact your admissions representative.
  • WIU requires a $30 application fee. Counselors can request that the fee be waived using either WIU's fee waiver form or NACAC's fee waiver form.
  • WIU reviews applications on a rolling admission basis. Students are encouraged to submit all documents prior to August 1.
Reach Admission, Fall 2021

  • Students eligible for Reach admission undergo a comprehensive review of their academic history and supporting documents:
    • Overall GPA
    • Grades in math and English
    • Personal statements
    • Letters of recommendation
  • WIU recommends that students complete the following to prepare for college-level courses:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of math (senior math recommended)
    • 3 years of science
    • 3 years of social science
Dual Enrollment

Opportunity for students to take WIU classes online, livestreamed or in classrooms while still enrolled in high school.


Transfer Admissions Guarantee

Opportunity for students to enroll in community college courses, receive transfer credit and be automatically accepted to WIU once having earned 24 credits and a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher.  Students are encouraged to apply during high school or their first year at the community college.  Students who choose to participate will also receive an automatic $1,000 scholarship in their first year at WIU.

Course Credits

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • WIU awards credit for AP exams scoring a 3 or higher
    • General elective, elective or direct equivalency credit may be awarded
    • Official exam scores are required and exam equivalencies are posted online
  • Dual Enrollment
    • WIU offers dual enrollment courses on our campuses, online and via livestream.
    • Contact Katy Gorsuch,, with dual enrollment questions.
    • WIU accepts credits earned through dual credit or dual enrollment programs.
    • Contact Kassie Daly,, with questions about transferring dual enrollment courses.
  • Seal of Biliteracy
    • WIU accepts the Seal of Biliteracy.
    • Credits are awarded in the language earned or in general foreign language credit (if WIU does not offer courses in the language of the Seal).
    • Credits are determined by reviewing the student's transcript.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • WIU accepts International Baccalaureate courses at the higher level and the standard level.
    • Students must earn a 4 or higher on their exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Find your admissions representative
  • Accepted students
    • WIU's next steps include attending orientation, registering for classes and completing a housing contract.
    • WIU does not require a deposit.
  • Admission Deadlines
    • WIU offers rolling admission decisions.
    • Applications accepted until the start of courses each term.
    • Students are encouraged to apply and submit supporting documents prior to August 1.
    • Students can receive their admission decision with self-reported or unofficial information, but are required to submit official documents prior to the start of their first semester.
    • Students who falsely report academic information, or who fail to submit official academic documents, can face disciplinary consequences including expulsion from WIU.
  • Documents
    • Official transcripts
      • Transcripts can be sent electronically via Parchment or Naviance.
      • Transcripts can be mailed to
        Undergraduate Admissions
        1 University Circle
        Macomb, IL 61455
    • Official SAT scores
      • WIU’s SAT code is 1900.
      • Scores can be sent directly from the student’s account at
      • Scores sent on an official transcript are considered official.
    • Official ACT scores
      • WIU’s ACT code is 1158.
      • Scores can be sent directly from the student’s account at
      • Scores sent on an official transcript are considered official.


Guide to WIU Enrollment for High School Counselors


Undergraduate Admissions - Macomb
1 University Circle, 115 Sherman Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 298-3157

Undergraduate Admissions - Quad Cities
3300 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-1495