#5 Best Public Universities in Oregon

Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon

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Western Oregon University overview
Location Monmouth, Oregon
Online wou.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Town Fringe
Western Oregon University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Western Oregon University (WOU), located in Monmouth, Oregon, is a public university established in 1856. It is situated about 20 miles west of Salem, the state capital, and within an ample distance from Portland, providing access to urban amenities while maintaining a small-town, rural campus environment. Known for its picturesque setting, the university's grounds feature a mix of contemporary and historic architecture, including Campbell Hall, designated on the National Register of Historic Places. WOU offers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs, with education, business, and criminal justice being among the most prevalent fields of study. It has a moderate level of application selectivity, providing a range of opportunities for a diverse student body. On-campus housing is available, encompassing a variety of living options to accommodate students. While WOU is not primarily recognized for its athletic programs, the university does compete in NCAA Division II sports as the Western Oregon Wolves.

In the most recent statistical year 3,262 prospective students applied, and 2,719 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 563 enrolled in the school.  3,109 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 642 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,730 plus fees of $1,872. Western Oregon State College is ranked 815 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Western Oregon State College is rated within the lower 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Western Oregon University overview
SAT 985/1220
GPA 3.36

Applications Accepted

Western Oregon University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Oregon Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Western Oregon University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,125
Other Fees$1,872
Room and Board $10,923
Budget for Other Expenses$2,508
Total One Year Cost$25,158

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Western Oregon University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,125
Other Fees$1,872
Room and Board $10,923
Budget for Other Expenses$2,508
Total One Year Cost$45,138

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

39% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Western Oregon University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 15%
Education 11%
General Studies 10%
Psychology 10%
Social Sciences 9%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=210429 IPEDS survey data for Western Oregon University.

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