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Western Oregon University

Monmouth, OR

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About This Campus

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 liberal arts 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 The 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 19 students. WOU Wolves compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

Location Information

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. Bachelor to the hike travels of Silver Falls.

Helpful Information

A significant percentage of students walk or bike to get around the community. WOLF Ride shuttle 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.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Monmouth
Population | 15,432
Enrollment | 4,029
Language | English
Calendar | Quarter
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 09/26-12/02
Winter | 01/09-03/17
Spring | 04/03-06/09

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 2%
Asian | 3%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 21%
Two or more | 5%
White | 61%
Other | 4%
International | 0%


RegistrationClosed Programs
Education (program).

Pre-Nursing, Pre-Education, Pre-Professional, American Sign Language (ASL), Interpreting Studies.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Exercise Science
  • Biology
  • Sustainability
  • American Sign Language
  • Dance

Unique Academic Programs

  • Gerontology
  • Cybercrime, Investigation, and Enforcement

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, American Sign Language, Applied Mathematics... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, N/A computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will NOT accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Quarter are current as of 08/19/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Quarter - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $3534.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
  • Host Payment: 18 ($194 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 18 ($194 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003209

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $75.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $50.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Health Service Fee $154.00 Quarter Host & Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $53.00 Credit Hour Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $99.00 Year Host & Home Optional
Incidental Fee $372.00 Quarter Host Mandatory
Building Fee $45.00 Quarter Host Mandatory

Important Notes: Incidental fee includes access to recreation center (Courtney Health and Wellness Center). NOTE: technology fee is an online course fee: $53.00 per credit.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/19/22

On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 0% living on campus
  • Double: $3641.00
  • Per quarter unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Arbor Park is optional for meal plan purchase. Arbor Park residents are also charged a $23.00 activity fee and $30.00 laundry fee per term. Ackerman and Barnum Halls require a meal plan purchase. Ackerman and Barnum are upperclass and first-year residences.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Most students opt for Meal Plan #2 at $1800.00 per term and, if necessary, deposit additional monies to their meal card plan. Visit the meal plan worksheet to determine the best meal plan for you: https://wou.edu/dining/meal-plan/


Figures per Quarter are current as of 08/19/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $154 Quarter Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Students with a Home Payment are still required to pay the WOU student health fee.


Other Health Related Comments
Documentation by doctor required for disability related accommodations or services. Please contact the Office of Disability Services for information and details.

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