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General application information

If you need assistance with the application process

please contact the Admissions Office toll-free at 1-877-877-1593
or e-mail

When to apply

WOU utilizes a rolling admission policy, however students are enouraged to apply early to receive priority consideration for scholarships, awards, financial aid and university housing.


High school students can apply for admission after completing their junior year. Students must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission form available from Western Oregon University Office of Admissions or apply online at Grade point average and subject requirements will be verified on receipt of an official high school transcript. A decision regarding admission will be determined once this information and ACT or SAT test results are received by the Office of Admissions.


Application procedures for incoming freshmen

WOU utilizes a rolling admission policy, however freshmen are enouraged to apply early to receive priority consideration for scholarships, awards, financial aid and university housing.


The application procedure for entering freshmen (students with no preparation beyond high school or with 11 or fewer credit hours of post-secondary work completed after receipt of a high school diploma) consists of the following steps:

  1. Complete and return an application form and the required $50 non-refundable application fee. Students can complete and submit both of these online at
  2. Have an official high school transcript sent to the Office of Admissions documenting all course work completed to date.
  3. Students entering as freshmen are required to provide SAT Reasoning Exam or ACT scores, including standardized writing examination scores, to the Office of Admissions. SAT Reasoning Exam and ACT scores are used for advisement and placement, but the scores also may be used to determine admission if the required high school grade point average has not been achieved.
  4. Upon graduation, submit a final official transcript documenting all high school course work and date of graduation.

WOU is committed to serving all qualified and motivated students. Applications for admissions will be reviewed throughout the year.


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Special admissions

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 action of the Admissions Appeals Committee. To be considered by the committee, you must submit the following:

  1. A personal letter stating why you do not meet the admission requirements and what you are doing to make up deficiencies. The petition should include information on your career and academic goals and why you want to attend WOU.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from school personnel who can objectively evaluate your preparation. Letters should be on school letterhead.

Review of these materials by the committee does not guarantee admission. Applicants admitted by the committee may be required to successfully complete additional courses and actively participate in academic support activities.


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Advanced placement

Students who receive qualifying scores in College Board Advanced Placement exams may, upon admission to WOU, be granted credit and/or advanced placement in courses counting toward a bachelor’s degree. The amount of credit allowed will be determined by the program entered and the score received in the exam. A minimum score of a three is required and in some instances a four is the minimum score.


Examinations are arranged through high school counseling offices. Copies of the test scores should be sent to the Office of the Registrar at WOU. Upon WOU’s receipt of the scores and enrollment of the student, the appropriate units will be credited toward the total hours required for graduation.



WOU advanced placement test credit table
Course Score Proposed credit
English Language & Composition 3+ 3/4
English Literature & Composition 3+ 3/4
Environmental Science 3+ 4
French Language 3+ 12
French Literature 3+ 4
German Language 3+ 12
Latin Vergil 3+ 12
Latin Literature 3+ 4
Spanish Language 3+ 12
Spanish Literature 3+ 4
Government – Comparative 4 3/4
Government – U.S. 4 3/4
History – European 3+ 6/8
History – U.S. 3+ 6/8
Human Geography 3+ 4
Macro Economics 3+ 4
Micro Economics 3+ 4
Psychology 3+ 4
Biology 4+ 12
Calculus AB 3
Calculus BC 3
Chemistry 4+ 12/15
Computer Science A 4+ 4
Computer Science AB 3
Physics B 4+ 12/15
Physics C- Electricity & Magnetism 4+ 4
Physics C - Mechanics 4+ 4
Statistics 4+ 4
History - World 3+ 6/8
Art – History 4+ 8
Art – Studio 4+ 4
Music Theory 4+ 8


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Western Oregon University International Baccalaureate (IB) policy

Western Oregon University recognizes and awards IB achievement by awarding credit to students who score 5 or above on higher level IB exams.

Students completing the full IB Diploma with a score of 30 or higher receive the following:

  1. Guaranteed Admission to WOU. Students are required to submit ACT (including writing) or SAT scores for placement purposes.
  2. Provost’s Achievement Scholarship. A renewable four-year award of $2,500 per year will be awarded. Students will also automatically be considered for other WOU scholarships provided they meet application deadlines.  The combination of WOU scholarships and need-based campus-based aid may not exceed the total cost of tuition and fees.
  3. Sophomore Standing. Students with a full IB Diploma and a score of 30 or higher will be granted sophomore standing.
  4. Honors Program.  The WOU Honors Program will automatically accept students with a full IB Diploma.
  5. Priority Housing. Students who submit their housing application by June 25 will receive priority placement in the residence halls.
  6. Study Abroad and International Internship Programs. WOU will provide IB Diploma  recipients with customized workshops focused on their international interests and needs and help match them with a WOU study abroad program or international internship. IB Diploma recipients will also receive personalized advising and support in preparing applications for prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Student Program, the Rhodes Scholarship and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. For a list of WOU international study opportunities, visit or contact Study Abroad and International Exchanges Office at 503-838-8905, email:

Approved fall 2006 for entering class of 2007


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