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Application Procedures

When to apply

WOU is on rolling admission, so we don’t have an application deadline! We do, however, have a scholarship deadline of March 1st, 2017.

Students are encouraged to apply early to receive priority consideration for scholarships, awards, financial aid, and university housing.

Application procedures for incoming freshmen

Freshmen are encouraged to apply at the start of their senior year to receive priority consideration for scholarships, awards and financial aid. The application procedure for entering freshmen consists of the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Undergraduate Application.
  2. Pay the required $60 non-refundable application fee or submit the WOU Fee Deferral Form.
  3. Have an official high school transcript sent to the Office of Admissions documenting all course work completed to date.
  4. Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.
  5. Test Optional: Exceptions include students who wish to receive consideration for the Presidential Scholarship, applicants to the Honors Program, students who do not meet the preferred 3.00 cumulative GPA requirement, and students who wish to participate in our athletic programs
  6. Upon graduation, submit a final official transcript documenting all high school course work and date of graduation. Freshmen earning college credit are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university attended.

WOU is committed to serving all students. Applications for admission will be reviewed throughout the year. The Admissions Office reserves the right to rescind the admission of any student who fails to meet the conditions of their admission to WOU.

Special admissions

Western Oregon University does conduct a more comprehensive review of applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements. We take into consideration additional factors such as standardized test results, rigor of courses taken, examination of a writing sample or personal essays, non-cognitive factors, and other indicators that predict success in college. Academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to our university. We may also evaluate a person’s behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university level. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions.

A limited number of students who do not meet admission requirements, but can demonstrate a level of college preparation that will enable successful transition to college, may be admitted through the action of the Comprehensive Admission Review Committee. The Director of Admissions has the authority to refer students to the committee.


To be considered by the committee, you must have a completed file and submit:

A personal letter addressing the following:

  • Why are you not meeting the requirements?
  • What career or academic goals do you have?
  • Why do you wish to attend WOU?
  • What resources will you use at WOU to help you succeed?


Three letters of recommendation from school personnel who can objectively evaluate your academic preparation. Letters from family members and friends will not be reviewed by the committee. Letters from employers and athletic coaches are discouraged.


Review of these materials by the committee does not guarantee admission. With conditional admission, additional courses and academic support activities may be recommended or required. WOU has the right to rescind any student’s admission if they fail to meet any condition established by the committee.

Deferred Action or Undocumented Students

Undocumented students who earn a high school diploma or GED in Oregon and meet certain other requirements will be allowed to pay resident tuition rates, and will not be required to pay nonresident tuition rates for a set period of time.  For more information: click here.




The Office of Admissions

toll-free at 1877-877-1593 | or e-mail: wolfgram@wou.edu | Location: APSC 408