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Western Oregon University prides itself in providing a quality education at a price that you can afford. In 2010 The Education Trust recognized Western Oregon University’s (WOU) focus on student success by naming the campus as a top ten performer in the nation for improvement in graduation rates for underrepresented minority (URM) students. WOU was also recognized as a top national university for closing the gap in graduation rates between URM and non-minority students. Parade magazine states that “this state university has small class sizes and exceptional support services for first generation college students and students with disabilities…With division 11 athletics and great school spirits, WOU has a strong sense of community.”

In 2014 WOU SafeZone was awarded the 2014 Lamda Award for GLBTQ Caucus of the National Communication Association. We want to offer all students an opportunity to obtain their degree while feeling safe, secure, and part of our community. We have also been nationally recognized as a leading G.I Jobs Magazine Military Friendly school. One of our highest achievement’s at the graduate level is our excellence in Teacher Education programs.

Western Oregon University embraces diversity. In 2017, the Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference executive board selected Western Oregon University to be the permanent home of the event, which gathers 2,000-plus Latino/a students to learn leadership skills. Western Oregon University is among the top 200 colleges for Native Americans according to “Winds of Change” magazine’s 2016-2017 college edition.

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"I've grown so much more than I knew I could as an interpreter and as a teacher, and I've become part of a supportive group of classmates, with whom I have had the opportunity to develop more than any of us could have alone. Amanda and Elisa (the coordinators) work diligently to be flexible enough to be sure that each student has the opportunity to make our coursework applicable and beneficial to what we're individually doing or hope to be doing in practice."

Emily Ott '12

MA: Interpreting Studies

"I've never had a bad experience with any faculty. They've all pushed me, challenged me, and made me a better person. I contribute a lot of my success to them. They genuinely care about your education and give you the time you need to do what you need to do," she said, adding that her professors are who she looks up to.

Alyssa McVay '12

MS in Rehabilitation Counseling

"I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, keep going, someone must be on top, why not you? –General George S. Patton My motivation to keep pushing forward are the men and women veterans who have signed a blank check in order to protect the rights and freedoms we so often take for granted. Western Oregon University has given me the opportunity through the Criminal Justice program to give back to those men and women who need the support of the community."

Gerrad McElroy-Current Student

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

"In December 2014 Nathan started a new position in Information Technology at SAIF Corporation. The Management Information Systems program helped him learn to communicate and network effectively internally and externally in his career to overcome workplace challenges. Obtaining his graduate degree has substantially opened opportunities to advance in his career. Nathan Currently resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife who was also a Western Oregon University student."

Nathan Higginbotham '14

MS in Mgt. and Information Systems

Danielle Ambrose is the current University Registrar at California State University in Sacramento. "While the MS Ed: Info Tech program is geared towards teachers I found, as an Administrator in Higher Education, it provided me with many useful tools and skills that I can apply to what I do as an administrator. I have used what I have learned in the program to develop online training modules, created websites to assist in the facilitation and management of projects, and design engaging and effective methods of delivering information. I have discovered alternative ways to document and maintain policies and procedures to improve access to information and communication within my department. In addition, the program faculty are wonderful to work with and since I could take most of my classes online it worked perfectly with my busy schedule."

Danielle Ambrose '15

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

"The Info Tech program at Western Oregon University, provided me the opportunity to explore a variety of technological tools and taught me ways of implementing these in an educational setting. What elevated the effectiveness of this program for me was the connection between the integration of technology and the authors explored, which provided a rich exploration of their thoughts and ideas behind the benefits, challenges, and dynamic interaction of man and technology."

Ana Butler '15

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology