Western Oregon University

Website: http://www.wou.edu

Western Oregon University is nationally recognized for its academic excellence and focus on student success. Our innovative programs such as the Tuition Choice, Textbook Rental Program, and Student Enrichment Program make the university a national leader in student learning and affordability.

From our award-winning College of Education to our outstanding programs in the arts, to our emphasis on undergraduate research in the natural and social sciences, WOU’s curriculum offers a challenging learning experience that extends well beyond the traditional classroom. WOU’s faculty members across disciplines support the stellar educational environment on campus.

A personalized education is our faculty’s first priority. The average class size of 19 students provides a unique, high-quality learning environment. The university offers the technology, the resources, the opportunities, and the people to help students propel themselves into their future.

Building on our history of being the first public university in the west, WOU is focused on a sustainable tomorrow. The Ackerman Residence Hall is considered one of the top 10 greenest residence halls in the world, and the Woodcock Education Center, which opened in fall 2016, complements the Health and Wellness Center creating a modern and vibrant academic and student core.

At WOU, you can be involved in a wide spectrum of student activities, including cultural events, service learning and internship programs, and the performing arts. WOU is home to Oregon's only public university NCAA Division II athletic program. Many students quickly discover that establishing connections with professors and campus staff occurs naturally since courses are taught by faculty. These connections open the doors to graduate school and careers.

Alongside reduced WUE tuition, the Western Tuition Choice is our innovative commitment to help students more effectively afford the cost of attending and graduating from WOU. More information on the how the Tuition choice saves students money and supports their success at WOU can be found at wou.edu/admissions/tuition-choice.

Located in the city of Monmouth, just twenty minutes west of Salem and an hour from the Oregon coast and Portland, makes it easy to experience the best of what Oregon has to offer. If you want to pursue your college goals in a small campus environment with world class faculty and resources, WOU is the ideal place for you.

How much would I save with WUE?

Click here to find the most current tuition savings estimates available from WICHE.

NOTE: The rates shown are taken from WICHE's most recent annual Tuition and Fees Report (published in December) and do not include fees. We strongly encourage you to verify these rates with the admissions office of the institution where you want to enroll.

This institution offers the WUE rate to transfer students.

The WUE tuition rate applies to the majors listed below. If the major is not listed here, it is not eligible for the WUE rate:

Program Name   Degree Type(s)    
American Sign Language (ASL) Studies   BA, BS    
American Sign Language/English Interpreting   BA    
Anthropology   BA, BS    
Art   BA, BS    
Art - B.F.A. Option   BA    
Biology   BA, BS    
Business   BA, BS    
Chemistry - Forensic Chemistry Option   BA, BS    
Chemistry, General   BA, BS    
Chemistry/Physics: Natural Science   BA, BS    
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology   BA, BS    
Communication Studies   BA, BS    
Community Health Education   BA, BS    
Computer Science   BA, BS    
Computer Science/Mathematics   BA, BS    
Contemporary Music   BA    
Contemporary Music: Jazz   BA    
Contemporary Music: Popular Music   BA    
Criminal Justice   BA, BS    
Criminal Justice-Crime Analysis   BS    
Dance   BA, BS    
Design and Visual Communications, General   BA, BS    
Earth Science   BA, BS    
Economics   BA, BS    
Education: Multiple Teaching Authorizations   BA, BS    
English - Linguistics   BA    
English - Literature   BA    
English, Writing   BA    
English/Language Arts Teacher Education   BA    
Environmental Chemistry   BA, BS    
Exercise Science   BA, BS    
Fire Services Administration   BS    
Geography   BA, BS    
German Language Teacher Education   BA    
German Studies   BA    
Gerontology   BA, BS    
History   BA, BS    
Honors Program   BA, BS    
Humanities   BA, BS    
Information Systems   BA, BS    
Interdisciplinary Studies   BA, BS    
International Studies   BA    
Mathematics   BA, BS    
Mathematics Teacher Education   BA, BS    
Music   BA, BS    
Music - Contemporary   BA, BS   Does Not Accept WUE Transfers 
Musical Theatre   BA, BS    
Philosophy   BA, BS    
Physical Education-Teacher Education   BA, BS    
Political Science   BA, BS    
Pre-Dentistry Studies   BA, BS    
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies   BA, BS    
Pre-Nursing   No Degree    
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies   BA, BS    
Pre-Optometry Studies   BA, BS    
Pre-Pharmacy Studies   BA, BS    
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies   BA, BS    
Pre-Physician Assistant   BA, BS    
Pre-Professional/Interdisciplinary Studies   BA, BS    
Pre-Veterinary Studies   BA, BS    
Psychology   BA, BS    
Public Policy and Administration   BA, BS    
School Health Education   BA, BS    
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education   BA, BS    
Social Science   BA, BS    
Social Studies Teacher Education   BA, BS    
Sociology   BA, BS    
Spanish   BA    
Spanish Language Teacher Education   BA    
Teacher Education: Early Childhood   BA, BS    
Teacher Education: Elementary   BA, BS    
Teacher Education: Multiple Levels   BA, BS    
Teacher Education: Secondary   BA, BS    
The Arts   BA, BS    
Theatre Arts   BA, BS    
Theatre Arts - B.F.A.   BS    

Enrollment Information

All undergraduate academic programs, including Exploratory (undecided), at WOU are available under the WUE Scholars Program. Students from participating WUE states and U.S. Territories simply apply for freshman or transfer admission to receive consideration for the WUE Scholars Program.  


Incoming freshmen (high school seniors) must meet the following academic requirements: minimum preferred 3.00 grade point average and satisfactorily complete 15 subject requirements with a C- or better.

WOU is a test optional institution regarding ACT or SAT Reasoning Exam scores. Students who meet WOU's minimum requirements are not required to provide standardized scores for admission purposes. ACT or SAT scores are utilized for athletic eligibility, honors program consideration, and the Presidential Scholarship.  

Applicants with a cumulative grade point average between 2.75 to 2.99 may be eligible for the WUE Scholars Program based upon ACT or SAT Reasoning Exam scores. The Director of Admissions also has the authority to make exceptions on a case by case basis regarding applicants with academic challenges. 

Please contact the WOU Office of Admissions if you wish to receive consideration for admission and the WUE Scholars Program as a home-schooled student or GED recipient.

Transfer students:

College transfer students must meet the specific academic requirements: minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average on 36 or more transferable, college-level quarter hours (24 semester hours). Transfer applicants are required to have a writing course beginning with Writing 121 (or the equivalent) with a grade of C- or better; and college algebra or above with a grade of C- or better, or the equivalent of Math 105. 

Transfer applicants must be in good academic standing at all prior institutions attended. Applicants who are not eligible to return to a prior institution due to discipline/conduct issues are not eligible for admission to WOU.  

Contact Information

Office of Admissions 
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8211/Toll Free: 1-877-877-1593
Fax: (503) 838-8067


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