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Western Oregon University

Monmouth, OR 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate92%
Acceptance Rate92%

About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University is a mid-sized comprehensive university located in Monmouth. Ore. As the state’s oldest public university, WOU has offered a student-centered learning community for more than 160 years. Courses at WOU are taught exclusively by faculty members, which means every student has the opportunity for transformative education with personalized support. WOU celebrates accessibility with affordable tuition, inclusive admissions and a range of academic programs. The university has received national recognition for its service to first-generation college students, minority students and other underserved populations. At WOU, Together We Succeed.

Western Oregon University Overview

Western Oregon University is a public, state school in a rural setting in Monmouth, Oregon. Western Oregon University was founded in 1856 and the school now enrolls around 4,029 students per year, including 3,615 undergraduate students. Western Oregon University provides housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Activities at Western Oregon University

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Western Oregon University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Western Oregon University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Western Oregon University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Western Oregon University on the Student Life page.

2022 Western Oregon University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 92%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 1%
In-State Tuition $8,730
Out-of-State $28,710
Percent of Need Met 68.6%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $13,665

Is Western Oregon University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better idea of what Western Oregon University offers and if the school could be a good fit for you.

Western Oregon University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Oregon University. Around 92% of applicants get into Western Oregon University each year. Last year, 2,703 students applied to Western Oregon University and 2,491 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Oregon University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 65% of students who start at Western Oregon University return for their second year of college. Western Oregon Universityhas a six year graduation rate of 48 for undergrads. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Western Oregon University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Western Oregon University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Western Oregon University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Western Oregon University's endowment was valued at $25.7 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $9,312 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Western Oregon University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Western Oregon University meets 68.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Western Oregon University full-time are awarded $13,665 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $7,040 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Western Oregon University.

Based on this information, does Western Oregon University seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Western Oregon University a good school for you?

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Where is Western Oregon University Located?

Western Oregon University is located in the rural setting of Monmouth, Oregon, less than an hour from Portland.

If you want to see Western Oregon University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Monmouth, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Western Oregon University and Monmouth are like without leaving home.

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College Info

345 Monmouth Avenue North Monmouth, OR 97361

Campus Setting: Rural

Western Oregon University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Western Oregon University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Western Oregon University is Continuous processing.

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Western Oregon University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

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Western Oregon University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

910 - 1170


Math SAT Range

435 - 575


Reading SAT Range

475 - 595

Western Oregon University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Western Oregon University is like? There are approximately 4,029 students enrolled at Western Oregon University, including 3,615 undergraduate students and 414 graduate students. 84% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from OR and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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