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How to Become a Student at Western Oregon University

Now that you know a little more about Western Oregon University, we’re going to walk you through the process of applying to be a student. It is not difficult, but there are certain steps you must take to make it go smoothly.

Remember, if you see words in these instructions that are unfamiliar, go back to the main page to find the definitions. Take your time. We’ll still be here when you get back.

How to Get Admitted to WOU

First, you must fill out the online application and pay the $60 application fee. If the fee is preventing you from applying to WOU, you can ask to have it waived (you don’t have to pay it) by filling out this form. The fee is always waived for military veterans. The Admissions department also will need a copy of your official high school transcripts. For the most part, that’s it!

One of the absolute best times to apply to WOU is during one of our two Preview Days. These day-long events happen during fall term and winter term, and applying is free. Plus, if you bring your application and transcripts, you can find out by the end of the same day whether you’ve been admitted to WOU.

If you have a 3.0 GPA or better in high school, you don’t have to turn in an ACT or SAT test score in order to apply to WOU. Even if your GPA is 2.75 to 2.99, you can still apply. You’ll need a letter of recommendation or a recommendation form from one of your high school teachers or your high school counselor and a minimum ACT or SAT score. You can find out more of those details on our freshman checklist.

Are you a person who wants to find out right away if your application to WOU has been accepted? You should come to one of our two Preview Days or an Instant Wolf Everyday so you can get an answer instantly.

To make applying to WOU even easier, we’ve created a timeline you can follow step by step. Click on the Timeline tab to see the list.