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WOU’s Vision

Our vision is to create a university where: students receive a personalized education in a public university setting. Students from all backgrounds excel in academic programs recognized at state, regional and national levels. Students enjoy personalized advising, encourage-ment and direction to guide them to self-discovery, intellectual development, service to their community and timely degree completion. Our campus life supports each student with a challenging curriculum, productive interactions with professors and peers, and enriching collegiate activities. Our alumni are invaluable contributors to society.


Our collaborations with partners in education, business and government agencies provide lasting mutual benefits. Our faculty and staff thrive in an energizing, collaborative and creative climate for academic endeavors. The collegial, supportive environment encourages fearless innovation, professional development and community involvement.


WOU’s Mission

Western Oregon University is a comprehensive university that creates personalized learning opportunities, supports the advancement of knowledge for the public good and maximizes individual and professional development. Our environment is open to the exchange of ideas, where discovery, creativity and critical thinking flourish, and students succeed.


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