Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University is a public liberal arts college located in Monmouth, Oregon. It was originally established in 1856 by Oregon pioneers as Monmouth University. The university was given its present name in 1997. WOU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

WOU is home to the Jensen Arctic Museum. The campus also houses a wide variety of student clubs and organizations. It hosts honor societies like Phi Alpha Deltathe, Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Tau Delta as well.

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Contacting Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University
345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth , OR 97361-1394
General Phone: (503) 838-8000

Western Oregon University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching538education, instructional media design, special ed, education of hearing impaired, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, ...
Liberal Arts236German language, Spanish language, sign language translation, English, speech and rhetoric, humanities, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, ...
Business and Management131business
Therapy and Counseling61psychology
Security and Law Enforcement58corrections administration, fire services administration
Science35biology, biological and physical sciences, natural sciences, chemistry, geology
Computer Science and Engineering23computer and info science, information science
Drama and Performing Arts15dance, drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13vocational counseling
Art Studies13visual and performing arts, art studies
Mathematics12mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Music11music, various music studies
Media1communication studies

Number of programs and degrees for Western Oregon University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree73739
Postbaccalaureate certificate2065
Master's degree20118
Associate's degree31

Western Oregon University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Western Oregon University had a total enrollment of 5,032 students (4,380 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 56%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 70%
Graduate 30%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 2%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 28%
20-21 27%
22-24 22%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)6%

Western Oregon University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 45 %

Western Oregon University Room and Board (2007)

Western Oregon University offers campus housing for 1,438 of its 4,380 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Monmouth, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Western Oregon University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420530
SAT Math430540
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1622
ACT Composite1722

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT19%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Western Oregon University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,318
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,893
Room and board $ 7,710
Room charge $ 6,025
Board (meal plan) charge $ 1,650
Books and supplies $ 1,125
Other expenses $ 2,835

Financial Aid:
Western Oregon University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 320900)

Western Oregon University Faculty

Western Oregon University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1820
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3342

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year35$71,73326$68,532
Associate professoracademic year30$56,31526$55,891
Assistant professoracademic year23$43,22523$42,605
Instructoracademic year15$34,4347$33,414
Lectureracademic year1*3$29,196
All faculty totalacademic year104$55,21185$53,370

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Western Oregon University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Track Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports03535

Western Oregon University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General
Music, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Natural Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections Administration
Fire Services Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Western Oregon University Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
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Number of degree programs
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Top 10%Western Oregon University Number of degree programs
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Western Oregon University Number of students
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Western Oregon University % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Western Oregon University Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 18%Western Oregon University Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Western Oregon University % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Western Oregon University Dorm rooms per full-time student

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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