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Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneB-
- Campus FoodB
- Student LifeB-
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.
NCAA Division II (with football)
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
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- 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.75 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses
Most Popular Majors
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration132 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities93 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science57 Graduates
Public Health Education50 Graduates
Information Science41 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.78 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.93 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
Western Oregon University Reviews
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.
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.