Profile: Western Oregon University

Fast Facts

On Campus:24%
  • Fall 09/25-12/08
  • Winter 01/08-03/23
  • Spring 04/02-06/15

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Quarter
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Quarter
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
2%Native/First Nation
3%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
1%Two or more races

Campus Profile

Founded in 1856, WOU is the oldest public institution in Oregon. The award-winning campus blends welcoming traditional features with 21st century convenience and facilities. WOU has continued to adapt and transform itself to respond to the needs of society and our changing world. WOU offers exemplary undergraduate and graduate programs in a supportive and rigorous learning environment. WOU works to ensure the success of students and the advancement of knowledge as a service to Oregon and the region.

WOU provides 5,400 students with a personalized education that is challenging and meaningful in a friendly and supportive community environment. WOU is home to the nationally-renowned Teaching Research Institute, the Regional Resource Center on Deafness and the Rainbow Dance Theatre. All academic classes are taught by professors and the average class size is 26 students. WOU Wolves compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

Campus Location - Located in the Monmouth-Independence area, the heart of Oregon's lush Willamette Valley. With Portland only about an hour to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Cascade Mountains to the east -- students can enjoy a region rich with opportunities for cultural and recreational entertainment. Nature lovers and outdoor adventurers can travel in any direction to find their favorite spot, from the ski slopes of Mt.

Helpful Information - A significant percentage of students walk or bike to get around the community. WOLF Ride service is available for evening transportation within Monmouth and Independence. Public transportation to nearby Dallas and Salem is limited to M-F during the day.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: African Studies, Asian/Oriental Studies, Canadian Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, European Studies, Gerontology, International Studies, Latin American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Theater Art

Athletics: Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Molecular Biology, Zoology

Business: Business

Chemistry: Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Visual Design/Web Media

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Corrections, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Childhood Studies, Physical Education

English: English, Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, French, German, Spanish

General Studies: Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Science

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Social Science, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Closed Programs

Pre-nursing, pre-education.

Notable Academic Programs
Biology/Life Science
Criminal Justice

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Quarter - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter
Figures are current as of 6/14/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $55 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $40 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Service Fee: $150 Quarter Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee: $96 Year Plan A & B Optional
Incidental Fee: $349 Quarter Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: Incidental fee includes access to recreation center (Courtney Health and Wellness Center).

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $601 per quarter.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: 003209

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Quarter Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Arbor Park is optional for meal plan purchase. Ackerman and Barnum Halls require a meal plan purchase. Ackerman and Barnum are upperclass and first-year residences.

Meal Plans Per Quarter

Notes About Meal Plans
The average cost per meal in dining hall (Valsetz Hall) is $3. Most students opt for Meal Plan #3 at $560.00 and, if necessary, deposit additional monies to their meal card plan.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.