awards and recognition
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.