Western Oregon University is ...
NCAA Division II (with football)
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
High School GPA
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.68 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses
Most Popular Majors
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration125 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities100 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science69 Graduates
Public Health Education55 Graduates
Teacher Education for Multiple Levels48 Graduates
Social Sciences40 Graduates
Computer and Information Studies32 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.71 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.86 responses
After Western Oregon University
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
Western Oregon University Reviews
Review Western Oregon University
Although I have only attended Western Oregon University (WOU) for a short amount of time, I love this campus. The professors are very knowledgeable and hold a sincere passion for their fields. I enjoy the fact that students and professors are able to connect personally, so you can really get to know each other. This makes getting references much easier! The opportunities are an additional reason why I enjoy attending WOU. As a psychology major, I have an opportunity to be a research assistant, a teacher's assistant, or both! This provides an opportunity to experience those positions, and determine if they are areas that I want to pursue. WOU also has many activities and clubs, this is great because you can get to meet so many new people. One complaint I have is the advising available at WOU. I would enjoy more being able to sit with my advisor and create an academic plan instead of using an online system that tracks courses and credits.
Campus housing is another one of Westerns perks. Western has a decent variety of on-campus living. It has seven different options, each one being unique in its' own ways. It has 3 buildings (Barnum, Butler, and Gentle) that are apartment style resident halls that are very spacious and in fairly good shape for how old the buildings are. Then two of the other housing buildings (Ackermen and Heritage) are more traditional "dorm" style and newer, more Eco-friendly. Then the last residence hall (Landers) is in-between the traditional and the apartment style of the others. Another option for upperclassmen would be the on-campus apartments (Arbor Park). From my experience with on-campus apartments, Western has some of the nicest ones I've seen! Applying for housing is a fairly easy process and the housing faculty are extremely helpful if any questions arise in the process. In housing, we have some of the best student leaders (RA's and Peer Mentors) that try their very best to make the new students' experiences the best they can possibly be!
Western Oregon University is one amazing university with a surprising amount of opportunities for being a small state school! I'm part of the Honors Program at WOU, I'm a Peer Mentor, and I have been able to participate in many on-campus clubs, organizations, sports, and events. Western was my dream school and it has lived up to and beyond my expectations. The student leadership on campus is really helpful for incoming students, all of the faculty at WOU are friendly and also extremely helpful and supportive in many areas. One of the things I love about Western is the smaller class sizes. The small classes allow more one-on-one time with the professors, which I find to be helpful. All of the professors I've had for my classes are always available during their office hours and if you come into their office during that time, whether you have questions about the class or you just want to get to know the professor better, they are very friendly and always helpful. Another thing I appreciate about WOU is that the professors are people too; they are understanding and flexible with just about anything as long as you communicate with them what is going on. My overall experience at Western has been fantastic! I definitely recommend taking this university into consideration.