Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Application for Admission

Please note:


If you experience any technical difficulties with the on-line application, please contact for technical assistance.


This is an undergraduate general studies application.

Complete this application only if you HAVE NOT earned prior credit from Western Illinois University and are seeking admission to the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (formerly Board of Trustees BA) degree program.

You cannot submit more than one BGS application for admission during the same one-year period. If you have applied within the last year and have questions about your application, please contact General Studies Degree Program at


Non - refundable $30 application fee

There is a non-refundable $30 fee for submitting a General Studies Application. Payment can be made online with a credit card. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Additionally the fee is payable by check or money order.

Non-refundable $15 transcript fee

Upon admission, a non-refundable $15 transcript fee will be applied to the student's account. All future transcripts are then made available with no additional fees.


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To continue to the online BGS application:

If you have applied within the last 12 months, please contact the BGS degree program office at for instructions on how to proceed - you cannot apply again until one calendar year from your previous application date.