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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  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 3,884 undergraduate students. The Western Oregon acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Business, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, and Education. Graduating 40% of students, Western Oregon alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,300.
345 North Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361
About Western Oregon...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference

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.

WOU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
840-1070
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$15,496/ 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
$6,472/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
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.75 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,884Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
692
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Busy
    34%
  • Moderate
    29%
  • Dedicated
    20%
  • Laziness
    14%
  • Studious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.78 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.93 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Friendly community
    25%
  • Intimate
    25%
  • Diverse
    23%
  • Eco-friendly
    18%
  • Close to perfection!
    5%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
40%
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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I honestly could not imagine myself at any other college other than Western Oregon University. The amount of diversity, compassion, acceptance, and warmth that goes on within this campus is nothing like you've ever seen before. Us students and faculty greet each other with nothing other than a smile. I've only just accomplished my first year as a college student here at Western, but I cannot put it into words on how excited I am to see what the next three years are going be like. There are so many opportunities on campus to meet new friends and educate yourself about mental and physical health. Western genuinely cares about how you're doing and and is constantly introducing new ways to keep sane in college such as movie nights in the dorms, yoga at the student health and wellness center, and many other fun activities! I would recommend going to Western to any student considering going to college.
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I am writing this review as a parent, with a child attending WOU during COVID. I think as a whole WOU has been very unprepared for online learning. Much worse than Oregon State (I have a child who is attending there also). Cost, well WOU has an added $795 online fee (which makes the tuition more expensive than OSU now). Teacher online involvement with students-Spring2020-lucky to have 1-2 online classes per week if at all. Support outside of class, not consistent, mostly not existent/supportive, no response to emails, etc. Fall 2020, a little more online classes (more profs know how to use zoom now), but response outside of class very poor for students. Students are mostly on their own during COVID. WOU is a good in-person school especially if you know what degree you want going in. They have good undergraduate programs for education, pre-nursing, and ASL. When WOU will have in-person classes, it may become a good school again, but who knows when that will be, 2022?
I really enjoy the size of the college, this gives the opportunity for the student to engage in a small community and make lots of friends. Because the campus is of a smaller size, it makes getting to class easy. Food is also close by, along with a wide variety of it. It is also known for it's amazing curly fries! Western Oregon is perfect if you're looking for small and close knit.