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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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Monmouth
Population | 19,840
Enrollment | 5,185
Language | English
Calendar | Quarter
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/30-12/13
Winter | 01/06-03/20
Spring | 03/30-06/12

Campus Diversity

White | 62%
Black | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 16%
Asian | 4%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 2%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 9%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Education (program).

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

Notable Academic Programs

  • Communication
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • American Sign Language
  • Gerontology

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology

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

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

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

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Operation Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry

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

Computer Science: Computer Science, System Administration

Criminal Justice: Corporate and Homeland Security, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Forensic Investigation, Forensic Science, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Childhood Studies, Early Childhood, Junior High/Middle School, Mathematics, Physical Education, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Special Education

English: English, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies

General Studies: Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, 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

Languages: American Sign Language, French, German, Spanish

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: Government, 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

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
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

Tuition / Fees

-- 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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 03/12/20.
  • Estimated cost: $3256.00.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18 ($197 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($197 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter
Figures are current as of 03/12/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $75.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $40.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Service Fee $150.00 Quarter Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $99.00 Year Plan A & B Optional
Incidental Fee $379.00 Quarter Plan A Mandatory
Building Fee $87.00 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 $636 per quarter.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (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:

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

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

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 03/12/20

On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
  • 22% living on campus
  • Double: $2971
  • Per quarter unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $800.00
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
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 Per Quarter

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $560 declining balance plan.
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.
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