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Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University (WOU), a leading comprehensive public liberal arts institution, is committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. Located in the Monmouth-Independence area, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capital and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub.



WOU, the oldest institution in the Oregon University system, has continued to adapt and transform itself to respond to the needs of society and our changing world. From its origins as a normal school, WOU grew to become a nationally recognized leader in teacher preparation.


Western Oregon University is a public, mid-sized university - committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. Located in Monmouth, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state's capital and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub.


Institutional Research works within the WOU community to collect, analyze and synthesize institutional data for internal management decisions and external reporting requirements. Snapshot information from the current Academic Year can be obtained by clicking on the tabs above. Please note that some reports may differ from the Oregon University System (OUS) Factbooks due to factors such as the definition of cohorts, students jointly enrolled in the OHSU nursing program and students transferring between Oregon Institutions.


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Student services

International students are an important part of the WOU community bringing a diversity of nationalities, cultures, and languages. ISAS was created to support the academic success of these students and the faculty who instruct them. Our responsibilities include:

  • Staffing and Directing the English Tutoring Center
  • Assisting international students on an individual basis
  • Consulting with faculty who work with international students
  • Coordinating instruction for international student courses: Writing 115, Writing 135, and Linguistics 136
  • Assessing the success and well-being of international students, their academic support, and their social integration

Housing services

The halls are broken into two loose groups to suit the residents who live there: First Year Halls and Upperclass Halls. First-year students who attend Western Oregon University within one year of high school graduation are required to live on campus. As a result, WOU provides up to four residence halls specifically designed for a first-year living experience.Western Oregon University offers a variety of living spaces for upperclass students to choose from as well. Both upperclass and first-year students are housed in the suite style rooms of Barnum Hall, and in single and double rooms in the themed communities in our newest hall, Ackerman Hall.

Library services

Hamersly Library supports Western Oregon University’s dedication to student success and enhances its commitment to discovery, creativity, critical thinking, and diversity by providing and encouraging the use of quality information, media resources, and services.

Medical services

The Student Health and Counseling Center is here to provide support to our students for medical and counseling needs. We also provide health education, events, and prevention services to empower our students in making healthy choices for themselves.

Student Life

Campus life

The rooms and apartments that house our residents take on a life of their own when students move in. Rooms and apartments become homes – each with the signature of the individuals who live there. The communities formed within these halls support student success and often foster friendships that last a lifetime.

Sports facilities

The Intramural (IM) Sports program offers opportunities for the Western Oregon University community to participate in a variety of team and individual sport leagues. The program is designed in a manner that promotes safety, fairness, and equal opportunity for all to participate.

Student clubs

Clubs and Organizations

  • Acapella Smith Hall
  • African Students and Friends Association
  • American Sign Language
  • Anime Club
  • Anthropology
  • Art Club
  • Black Student Union
  • Business & Economics
  • Byte Club
  • Catholic Campus Ministry
  • Chinese Student Scholars Association


Western Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Student Reviews

Review of Western Oregon University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really liked the small class size and availability of teachers/help. Small schools are a better overall experience

Monmouth, Oregon, United States

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