Western Oregon University in Monmouth

Monmouth, OR

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Western Oregon University offers 238-degree programs and 15 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 89%. The most popular test is SAT - 63% of students submitted it in comparison to 37% of students who submitted ACT. 39.5% are women, and 60.5% are men. 7% percents of international students. Western Oregon University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Western Oregon University is 16759$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $13437 and $22752 per year. 46% of full-time Western Oregon University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $38,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Western Oregon University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Western Oregon University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$13,022
$30,001 - $48,000$14,231
$48,001 - $75,000$17,542
$75,001 - $110,000$20,800

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 7988

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2741 of Western Oregon University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 55 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Western Oregon University number 16 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Oregon.

Students at Western Oregon University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition guaranteed plan

Tuition payment plan

Tuition guarantee is a program which guarantees to entering first-time students that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Western Oregon University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Western Oregon University graduation rate is below the national average.

46% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Western Oregon University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Western Oregon University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 76%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 13%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Western Oregon University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 22%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Western Oregon University full-time retention rate is 69% and part-time retention rate is 41%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Western Oregon University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1250 - 1580

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 420 - 540
Math: 420 - 530
Writing: 410 - 510

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Western Oregon University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
17 - 22

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 15 - 22
Math: 17 - 23
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Western Oregon University is 14:1, that means that for every 14 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Western Oregon University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Western Oregon University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Oregon.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 345 Monmouth Ave N address in Monmouth, Oregon.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Western Oregon University with 0.12% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are forcible sex offense and burglary.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Western Oregon University offers 238 programs in total: 124 are for Bachelor's degree, 63 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 51 are Master's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 96 universities in Oregon state. Western Oregon University is one of the few institutions in Oregon that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 15 distance learning programs that are provided in the Western Oregon University: 15 are for Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Oregon state average data to help you compare.


Western Oregon University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4329 students with 194825 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 465 with 16723 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Western Oregon University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Awesome school nice and beautiful campus friendly professors

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Overall Rating:

Awesome school and Wonderful professors. Lots of one on one time if necessary. I graduated and scored a great job. Thanks to WOU!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

The Dorms have no AC so the Spring and Summer Terms are literally Hell on earth. I am a 3rd year CS Student and I often find classes being taught by professors who have little to no experience with the subject matter leading to a sub-par experience. Also, the department decided to change up the curriculum, removing all of the 'old' classes, and the administration made it the students' problem to figure out how to manage the old catalog without being able to change to the new one. If you want to feel used and abused by the inefficient system at a small university, this is the place for you. The only upswing is that most of the professors here are amazing people, even if some of their classes end up being complete B.S.. Overall, if I could afford to transfer to a different school I would, but I am stuck here due to finances and incompatible degree programs.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Very inclusive small liberal arts university with a small-town feel. Originally a normal college for teachers, the College of Education is well-known in the PNW for producing great educators! Located in the Willamette Valley, WOU is close to Albany and Corvallis, Salem, and just over an hour from Portland and the coast!

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Overall Rating:

Here for a volleyball tournament today. "The gym guy" as the staff calls him, did not have enough seating area for parents to place chairs while we are here for 12 hours. When I asked about placing a blanket down to protect the floor, as this was their reasoning for no more chairs, the Gym Guy told me "Sorry man its an imperfect world." I then pointed out that their own metal chairs used at the score table were gouging into the floor as we speak since the plastic tips were missing off the legs. He told me that was fine, it's okay if they ruin their own surface. I explained this is poor customer service and does not encourage people to want to use their facility in the future. Oh well says the gym guy. 75 year old grandparents having to stand for hours on end is not okay when the solution is so simple.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 345 North Monmouth Ave


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Quarter

General Phone Number: +5038388000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: wou.edu

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