About This CampusFounded 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 InformationLocated 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 InformationA 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.