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Western Oregon University is a public, mid-sized university – committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. Located in Monmouth, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capitol and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub.

 

  • Year founded 1856
  • Total enrollment 5,382
  • Number of undergraduate students 4,833
  • Number of graduate students 549
  • Location Monmouth, Oregon
  • Miles from Salem 16
  • Miles from Portland 63
  • Campus size (acres) 157
  • Number of majors: 52
  • Most popular majors
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Exercise Science
    • Student-to-faculty ratio 14:1
    • Average class size 19
    • Average high school GPA 3.3 (unweighted)
    • Acceptance rate 88%
    • Students receiving financial aid 78%
    • Geographic origins of undergraduate students
      • In-state: 77%
      • Out-of-state: 17%
      • International: 6%
    • Gender distribution 38% men 62% women
    • Students of color 27%
    • Number of clubs and student organizations 62
    • Athletics NCAA Division II
      Great Northwest Athletic Conference
    • Mascot Wolf
    • School colors Red and White (secondary colors: black and gray)