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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Western Oregon is a public university located in Monmouth, Oregon in the Salem Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,065 undergraduate students. The Western Oregon acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Education. Graduating 44% of students, Western Oregon alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,300.
About Western Oregon University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361
Website

Western Oregon University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
840-1070
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$15,898/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,910/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.76 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.76 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,065Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
694
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Busy
    31%
  • Moderate
    26%
  • Dedicated
    18%
  • Laziness
    13%
  • Studious
    10%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.79 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.94 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Friendly community
    24%
  • Intimate
    24%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • Eco-friendly
    18%
  • Underrated
    9%
  • Close to perfection!
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
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Great instructors. Beautiful campus. I would like more opportunities to volunteer.
Western has an amazing atmosphere. Even as a student well into my 30's, I have always felt welcome and my input appreciated. The rugby teams are awesome!
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I was apprehensive about coming to Western due to the location and small town but it has been one of the best decisions of my life to come here. The community is amazing, the academics and staff challenge me to do my best and support my passions, the diversity on campus is well versed and I am so proud to be involved with multiple organizations and clubs on campus. It has become my new home and I have met people that make me feel like I belong which is very rare. Finally, they've opened me up to opportunities for Deaf Education which is only limited to this university and such a unique experience. Coming to Western honestly saved me and my life, I am forever grateful to be coming here.
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.