steadily emerging

Western Oregon University (WOU), steadily emerging as a leading comprehensive public liberal arts institution, is committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. Located in the Monmouth-Independence area, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capital and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub.

Quick facts

  • Year founded 1856
  • Total enrollment 6,188
  • Number of undergraduate students 5,266
  • Number of graduate students 922

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