WOU Said Yes!
Welcome to the WOU Family
Congratulations on your acceptance to Western Oregon University! Whether you’re a freshman or a transfer student, this page will help you understand what happens now. It’s easy to get started on your successful transition to WOU.
Most dates listed below apply to new students enrolling at WOU in fall term. If you will begin classes in a different term, you may have different timelines, due dates and events. You can contact Admissions with questions at 877-877-1593, option 1, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Go to wou.edu/accountlookup to create your online WOU Portal account. The Portal is where you will find a variety of important university services and information, including your student e-mail and financial aid, so be sure to remember your username and password! Note: This login information is different from the username/password created for your online admissions application.
- If you any trouble creating your Portal account, call Admissions at 877-877-1593, option 1.
- Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1. WOU’s priority deadline to apply for financial aid is Feb. 1. WOU’s FAFSA school code is 003209.
- Check your WOU email account often to see if Financial Aid needs any additional information to give you a formal aid packet.
- Watch your mailbox between mid-March and mid-April for your formal offer of financial aid.
- Learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a financial aid recipient.
- Apply for WOU scholarships through your Portal no later than March 1 at 5 p.m. A list of scholarships and eligibility criteria is available at wou.edu/scholarships.
- Review the terms and conditions of your scholarships, then accept or decline them on your financial aid packet.
- It’s easy to apply for on-campus housing online Building assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s best to get your application in as soon as possible (housing applications are accepted for the following year starting Oct. 1) because the earlier you apply, the greater your priority over other incoming students. Students who enroll at WOU within one year of high school graduation — regardless of class standing — are required live on campus for the full academic year. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to live on campus, and options for upper-division housing are available as well.
- Check your WOU email account often. University Housing will communicate with you using your WOU email leading up to your move-in date and throughout the academic year.
- Watch your inbox and WOU Portal for any updates on your building assignment or last-minute information before move-in day.
- Be sure to submit your housing contract and emergency information authorization form by the contract deadline to secure your housing placement.
- Intent to Enroll: Admitted students are required to notify WOU of their decision to enroll fall term, defer to a later term or cancel their admission using the Intent to Enroll form. The deadline for accepting or declining offers of admission is May 1. The Intent to Enroll form will be also emailed to all admitted students.
- Orientation: Freshmen should register in May for Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR). Sessions will be in June and July. Transfer students should register in mid-April for Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (TSOAR), which will be May 19, 2018. New students will register for their classes at orientation.
- Visit the Wolfstore website to find required and recommended textbooks for your courses.
Turn in Required Documents
- Transcripts: Before Sept. 1, freshmen must submit final official high school transcripts with senior year grades and graduation date. They also should submit any college or university transcripts and AP/IB scores. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from every institution they have attended. The Sept. 1 deadline applies even for students who take summer courses.
- Revolving Charge Account Contract: This program allows students to pay their charges, such as tuition and fees, via installments each term. Submit the completed form to the Business Office in the Lieuallen Administration building.
- Health History Form and Immunization Information: WOU is required by law to ensure all students have submitted a health history and immunization records. Submit these items to the Student Health and Counseling Center on campus.