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Western Oregon University Overview

Located in Monmouth, Oregon, Western Oregon University is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Monmouth draws many to the area.

What Is Western Oregon University Known For?

4,065 Full-Time Undergraduates
$16,308 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest degree offered at Western Oregon State College is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 85% of the faculty were full-time.

Western Oregon University Rankings

Western Oregon State College landed the #1,272 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. It is also ranked #16 out of 20 schools in Oregon.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Western Oregon State College has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Western Oregon State College

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 781
Best Colleges for Diversity 863
Best Colleges for International Students 914
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 1,229
Best Colleges 1,272
Best Colleges for the Money 1,421

Where Is Western Oregon University?

Location of Western Oregon University

Contact details for Western Oregon State College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 345 North Monmouth Ave, Monmouth, OR 97361-1394
Phone: 503-838-8000
Website: www.wou.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WOUnews
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wounews

How Do I Get Into Western Oregon State College?

You can apply to Western Oregon State College online at: www.wou.edu/student/admissions/apply_all_groups/undergrad_app.php

Admission Requirements for Western Oregon State College

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Western Oregon State College?

81% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
Western Oregon State College has an acceptance rate of 81%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Can I Afford Western Oregon University?

$16,308 Net Price
75% Take Out Loans
8.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Western Oregon State College is $16,308. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Western Oregon State College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,522 $13,181 $17,218 $20,458 $20,818

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Western Oregon State College, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $5,924 a year. That adds up to $23,696 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Western Oregon State College is 8.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Western Oregon University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,065 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,759 undergraduate students at Western Oregon State College, with 4,065 being full-time and 694 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Western Oregon State College

There are also 577 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,065 full-time undergraduates at Western Oregon State College, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Western Oregon State College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Oregon University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Western Oregon State College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 192
Black or African American 145
Hispanic or Latino 644
White 2,444
International Students 278
Other Races/Ethnicities 362

Geographic Diversity

Oregon students aren't the only ones who study at Western Oregon University. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 23 countries are represented at Western Oregon State College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

Online Learning at Western Oregon University

261 Took All Classes Online
1,416 Took At Least One Class Online
5.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,416 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Western Oregon State College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 23rd most popular in Oregon for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Western Oregon State College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Oregon University was 5.9%. This is the #1,606 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Western Oregon State College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Western Oregon State College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Western Oregon State College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Western Oregon State College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Special Education #136
Criminal Justice & Corrections #281
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #319
Education #451

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Western Oregon University Majors

In 2017-2018, Western Oregon University awarded 2,290 undergraduate degrees and 346 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
American Sign Language 0 30 4 0
Anthropology 0 5 0 0
Chemistry 0 8 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 38 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 30 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 105 5 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 10 0
Dance 0 2 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 28 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 11 0 0
Economics 0 13 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 16 0 0
General Biology 0 21 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 136 0 0
General Education 0 132 0 0
General English Literature 0 12 0 0
General Psychology 0 115 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 31 3 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 1 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 3 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 7 0 0
Gerontology 0 6 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 62 0 0
History 0 8 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 58 0 0
Information Science 0 20 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 19 0
International Studies 0 4 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 4 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 11 0
Mathematics 0 7 0 0
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 4 0 0
Music 0 22 3 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 97 1 0
Philosophy 0 8 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 11 0 0
Public Health 0 51 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 16 0
Romance Languages 0 19 0 0
Sociology 0 10 0 0
Special Education 0 0 25 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 10 59 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 11 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 6 0
Total 0 2,290 346 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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