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Western Oregon University

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Ranked 34th in US News and World Report under the category of top public schools is the public liberal arts institution known as Western Oregon University (WOU). A rather small liberal arts university with an estimated 6,000 undergraduates and about 400 graduate students, Western Oregon University boasts a population where women outnumber the men. With a female student population of 57 percent, Western Oregon has an abundance of student activities that will surely appeal to both sexes. Because it’s a rather small college, class sizes are relatively small as well and there is a student to teacher ratio close to 17:1 which means a chance for personal connection between student and teacher, a rarity in many university settings.

WOU is located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, not very far from the state’s capital, Salem. Willamette Valley is known as the agricultural and wine country of Oregon. While attending WOU, you will have a daily jaw-dropping view of this valley’s awe-inspiring landscape. Not to mention if one likes to hike, ski, whale-watch, bike or fish there are excellent recreation areas miles from the university itself. So imagine this: after studying hard for a midterm exam, you treat yourself to a view of the breathtaking waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park 10. Or if adrenaline is what you need to relax after an all-night study session, relax by climbing Mary’s Peak, the highest point in the coast range.

Founded in 1896, WOU is the oldest university in the Oregon University system. Two-thirds of the students that attend are liberal arts majors and the final third are in the School of Education. WOU is an ideal spot if the realm of education is your career path, being nationally recognized for its excellent teaching programs which are accredited by several renowned organizations, such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and the Oregon State Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).


WOU has two colleges, the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in which about 40 bachelor’s degrees are offered. In the College of Education, degrees in special education, American sign language/English interpreting, school health education, and early childhood education are offered.

There are also special licensing and endorsements that can be attached to initial teaching licenses such as autism and reading endorsements. Because WOU is a nationally recognized school for teacher preparation the Teaching Institute has two centers that students are welcome to utilize during their studies, the Child Development Center and the Education Evaluation Center.

The Child Development Center caters to children 30 months to 6 years old. The center provides daycare services and early childhood education classes to faculty, staff, students and those in the surrounding community. The Education Evaluation Center concentrates on individuals with disabilities. The center works with individuals from age 3 to adults.

The center focuses on learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and multicultural assessment. In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences degrees in business, criminal justice, nursing, theater and dance are offered. WOU also offers graduate degrees. Two main master degree programs offering degrees in rehabilitation counseling and teaching is ranked 45th by the U.S. News and World Report.

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There are quite a few requirements for admissions into WOU. Freshman are required to have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade average. If graduating high school seniors have only a 2.5-2.7 GPA, then they must have a score of 21 on the ACT or a combined score of 1000 on the SAT.

All incoming students are also required to have 2 years of foreign language credits. WOU accepts applicants on a rolling admissions basis; however, test scores are generally required by early September. WOU is not incredibly selective, as the school generally admits about 80% or more of students that apply.

Graduate admissions vary by program; however each program requires admission to the college itself prior to admission to the program. To be admitted as a graduate student at WOU one must have their official transcripts from all previous colleges attended submitted to WOU. In terms of GPA requirements, prospective students must have a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of their undergraduate degree. If they do not meet this requirement then they must meet certain scores on the MAT and/or GRE tests to be eligible for admissions.

For international students the process is primarily the same except international students that are non-native English speakers must take an English test such as TOEFL or IELTS. They must also send “financial obligation” documentation stating that they have the ability to pay for school. International students coming to WOU as an undergraduate will need to have their official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores sent. If they are graduate students they need to send college transcripts and any information regarding international credits received elsewhere.

Financial Aid

WOU offers what is known as tuition promise. This means that students for four calendar years will have a locked in tuition rate that will not increase within the four years at WOU. This promise is made available to all new students and some transfer students, however it should be noted that fees such as housing, miscellaneous course fees, student health services among others are not locked in and may increase throughout the four years.

Besides the tuition promise, like other colleges and universities WOU offers only a handful of scholarships (many students should also consider looking into private scholarships for funding means) and the typical federal grants and loans. WOU has a special program called the Student Enrichment Program (SEP). This program allows first generation college students with disabilities (physical or learning) that meet need based financial aid requirements a greater opportunity to achieve high standards in college. The students admitted into SEP are given the chance to have individualized instruction in core subjects and borrow certain technologies or resources such as computers that can be otherwise unaffordable.

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Student life at WOU is a combination of clubs and organizations, there are no sororities or fraternities but, there are two society clubs Sigma Alpha Pi and Phi Alpha Theta. Other student activities to consider around WOU include the student radio station or the student’s activities board that coordinates fun hip events around the campus.

There are many helpful resources for students to make sure the best educational experience is offered. The learning center which is paired with the academic advising department offers sessions in study skills, time management, listening and note taking, test taking skills and reading skills such as the SQ3R Method. They also provide tutoring for specific areas of need and a writing center that helps students prepare class essays.

And if you may have a tough time transitioning into college life or just find yourself a little stressed, then WOU offers a peer mentoring program, so you can have someone to talk to who understands your concerns and can share common experiences and give you advice as to how to cope.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Owwwwooooo. Yes, that’s right. If you attend WOU you will be howling at the moon during sporting events because let’s face it,once you are bitten by a wolf (WOU’s mascot) there is no turning back. If competitive sports are an important factor in your college experience, then WOU is definitely for you. WOU is in the NCAA Division II football category and the baseball team just won their 10th consecutive conference championship. WOU offers women’s softball, soccer and a volleyball team that just won their first GNAC championship. WOU also offers cross-country track and field and basketball teams for both men and women. If you want to be competitive but not at a national college level, there are several intramural sports such as dodge ball, Frisbee, and racquetball.

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Housing and Other Student Facilities

Incoming freshman have a choice of four different housing units. Heritage Hall and Lander Hall are the traditional college dorms offering double occupancy community bathrooms and public areas. Barnum Hall is composed of suite like dorms with bunk beds, they don’t have the traditional community bathrooms but “Jack” and “Jill” bathrooms instead. Ackerman Hall also has suite like rooms that are either single or double occupancy. The Ackerman is unique in that it also houses space for classes and meetings, as well as the campus dining offices. Each resident hall has wireless capability or hard wire hook-ups, there is no need to bring any other network devices.

If you don’t have your own computer there are computer labs around the university in such places as Lander residence hall, the Werner University Center, and the main computer lab in APSC with over 55 computers to use. Upperclassmen have the choice of staying in dorms that offer kitchenettes or apartments in which there are up to four private bedrooms and one living room space for its occupants. The wellness center had a recent remodeling of its old aquatic center that was dedicated as a memorial in 1955. The pool now includes a therapy section for sports injuries.


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Information Summary

Ranks 16th in Oregon and 1041st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9 0.09
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 39 0.40
Larceny 140 1.45
Vehicle theft 1 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Monmouth, OR 97361-1394
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population10,319 (8,363 urban / 1,956 rural)
Households3,712 (2.54 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,305
Families2,205 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4105

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 887th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,125 $7,125 $20,250
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,509 $1,509 $1,509
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $158 $158 $450
FT Graduate Tuition $12,168 $12,168 $20,232
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,509 $1,509 $1,509
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $338 $338 $562
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,581 $22,581 $35,706
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,581 $22,581 $35,706
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,266 $13,266 $26,391

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,076 $8,529 $8,076 $8,529 $19,986 $21,444
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,350 $1,650
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,620 $8,870
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,895 $2,982
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $8,870
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $2,982
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $2,982

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,848 (1,170 male / 1,678 female)
Admitted 2,512 (994 male / 1,518 female)
Admission rate 88%
First-time Enrollment 1,026 (427 male / 599 female)
FT Enrollment 997 (408 male / 589 female)
PT Enrollment 29 (19 male / 10 female)
Total Enrollment6,177

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference

SAT Test Admission

978th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 65%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 830 / 1070

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,345
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$7,614
Board Fee$1,650

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 96 18 125 20 16 1,090 26 1,430
Anthropology 1 7 8
Art/Art Studies, General 6 12 18
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 1 12 21
Business/Commerce, General 49 2 10 5 1 80 2 154
Chemistry, General 1 4 5
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 2 15 1 20
Corrections Administration 1 1 9 1 82 2 99
Dance, General 1 1 3 5
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 1 4 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 10 11
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Economics, General 17 2 4 1 24
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 7 7
Educational/Instructional Technology 4 4 9 17
English Language and Literature, General 6 1 1 31 40
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 3
Fire Services Administration 2 1 3 6
Geography 2 2
Geology/Earth Science, General 9 1 10
German Language and Literature 1 1 2
Gerontology 1 1 3 5
Health Teacher Education 2 1 3
History, General 1 11 12
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 9 10
Information Science/Studies 1 6 7
International/Global Studies 2 2
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 1
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 4 1 1 39 1 53
Management Information Systems, General 5 10 15
Mathematics and Computer Science 1 1
Mathematics, General 1 21 22
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 15 4 3 79 3 106
Music, General 4 4
Music, Other 2 8 11
Natural Sciences
Philosophy 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 4 10 1 15
Psychology, General 13 1 3 63 2 84
Public Health Education and Promotion 2 7 3 31 44
Reading Teacher Education 23 24
Rhetoric and Composition 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 14 16
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 1 1 36 2 41
Social Sciences, General 1 2 6 2 26 37
Sociology 1 6 1 8
Spanish Language and Literature 10 1 7 18
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 23 25
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 2 46 56
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 9 1 1 154 3 173
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 2 7 1 1 125 3 143
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 17 1 21
Visual and Performing Arts, General 3 3
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 8 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2913th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,006 ($58,319 male / $49,589 female)
Number of FT Faculty 221 (106 male / 115 female)
Number of PT Faculty 403
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $9,894,179

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