WOU Description

Western Oregon University’s environment is reminiscent of a small-town, liberal arts college, with its close-knit community and picturesque campus. However, as home to a nationally-recognized teacher-education program and other institutes, Western Oregon is steadily climbing the ranks of the nation’s leading public universities.

Western Oregon University’s location is one of its most attractive features. Situated in the Monmouth-Independence region in the Willamette Valley, Western Oregon is surrounded by lush landscapes and natural beauty, only 20 minutes from Salem and 75 minutes from Portland.

Western Oregon University is one of the nation’s leaders in teacher education and teaching research, and continues to grow as a leading authority in the field of education.

Technologically advanced classrooms, residence halls, libraries and other facilities are also examples of Western Oregon University’s progressive campus features.

The center for service learning and career development provides services that go beyond that of many schools. In addition to career counseling they offer student internships, career tours, workshops and career fairs.

Financial aid is available to eligible students through loans, grants, work-study, scholarships and other sources, all of which may be discussed with a financial aid counselor.

Quick Facts about Western Oregon University

Region

Northwest

Setting

Small Town Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Wolves

Website

www.wou.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Selective

In-State Tuition

$ 7,428

Out-of-State Tuition

$ 19,905

Retention Rate

72%

Enrollment

5,594

Year Established

1856

WOU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
4,679
Freshman Class
1,562
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
5,594

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
84%
Graduate
16%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
62%
Part-Time
38%

Gender of Students

Women
61%
Men
39%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
8%
African American
2%
Caucasian
78%
American Indian or Alaska native
2%
Asian
4%
Unknown and Other
6%

International Students

International
5%
Domestic
95%

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