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Our long-established strong priority of student learning and development makes WOU a great choice for every

student wanting to be challenged and supported in their academic development as a person who is afforded the respect of being known by their name, not an identification number or as just another student.


For students transferring to WOU a number of customized services and support mechanisms have been developed to facilitate a successful transition to our university. These complement our small classes, innovative services, and continual focus upon student success.



Admissions and registration

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Students can go online to the WOU Web site to see how their courses transfer to WOU. In spring 2008, WOU will be one of the charter universities in Oregon to provide this information statewide as part of the ATLAS (a statewide online database of transfer course articulation) program.


Transfer student admission requirements

  1. If you have 36 or more transferable, college level quarter hour credits (24 semester hours), you need to have a cumulative 2.25 GPA or better in all college-level work attempted and be in good standing at all prior institutions attended.
  2. If you have less than 36 quarter hours (24 semester hours) of college work, you must submit your high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.  Students with zero to 11 transferable quarter hour credits must meet all freshman admission requirements.  Students with 12 to 35 transferable quarter hour credits must meet all freshman admission requirements and have a 2.25 GPA in all college-level course work.
  3. 3. Foreign language requirement
    Transfer students are required to have taken either two years of the same foreign language while in high school or two quarters or semesters of the same college-level foreign language.  Students who graduated from high school in 1996 or earlier do not need to meet the foreign language requirement.  American Sign Language is acceptable in meeting the foreign language requirement.
    Note:  if you completed this language requirement in high school we will need your official high school transcript sent with your admissions application to verify completion.


Transfer student application procedure

  1. Complete and return an application form and the required $50.00 non-refundable fee. Students can complete and submit both of these online.
  2. Have an official, complete transcript sent from each college or university attended. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the issuing institution. Unofficial or student copies are not acceptable. Omitting an institutional record from your application may result in disciplinary action.


WOU is committed to serving all students. Applications for admissions will be reviewed throughout the year. The Admissions Office reserves the right to rescind the admission of any student who fails to meet the conditions of their admission to WOU.


Transfer student advising

Potential and incoming transfer students can schedule an advising meeting with the Office of Academic Advising and Learning Center to map out the most effective and efficient pathway to a degree.


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Transfer students are strongly encouraged to live on campus.

Students living on campus benefit in the following ways:

  • Higher GPA
  • More credits completed
  • Increased graduation rate
  • More connections to campus services and student organizations
  • High quality meal service


WOU provides transfer students with multiple housing options:

  • Apartments with full kitchens, provide bedrooms and two bathrooms for four people - Arbor Park
  • Suites style rooms that include private bathrooms, exterior entrances and a main lounge or
  • community room with a television and recreation equipment - Butler and Gentle
  • Traditional residence - All single rooms and community bathroom - Arbuthnot Hall
  • New Live/Learn residence hall

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Early Bird transfer student registration

For admitted transfer students

Early Bird Transfer Student Registration is the first opportunity for admitted transfer students to register for fall term courses. In addition to registering for courses, students will attend academic advising with faculty, learn about valuable campus resources, receive ID cards and tour the residence halls.


Upcoming Early Bird: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - registration required:
Transfer students who are admitted to WOU for Fall Term will receive program information and registration details in April.


For more information

  • Contact the Office of Admissions at 503-838-8211 or toll-free at 1-877-877-1593 (ext. 1).


Tentative Early Bird program agenda
8:00 a.m.

Check-in; Teacher Education Majors (Werner University Center)

Student ID Card Photgraphs

8:30 a.m. Mandatory Advising Session - Teacher Education Majors
8:45 a.m.

Check-in; All Other Majors (Werner University Center)

Student ID Card Photographs

9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Financial Aid Update

10:00 a.m.

General Advising Session

Transitioning to WOU Session for Parents

10:30 a.m.

Academic Advising & Web Registration

Student Services Fair 

11:00 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m.

Tour of Campus and Residence Halls

WOU Transfer Student Panel

Non-Traditional Student Lounge Open House

1:00 p.m.

Tour of Campus and Residence Halls


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Articulation of courses for California community college students

Community college students from other states

In efficient addition to normal course articulation, students from several Western states can transfer to WOU through the use of their state’s transfer degrees. These transfer degrees enable students to transition to WOU having met our Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC).

  • California: Cal State Transfer Degree and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Degree (IGETC)


WOU New Student Week

incoming students spend a week on the campus before classes begin leaning about programs, services, and other key elements of the college experience. Learn about New Student Week


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Scholarships and financial aid


Overall affordability

WOU is one of the most affordable universities in the west. Students at WOU receive a small college experience at the price of a public university.


Financial aid is a normal part of college for most students

All students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Oregon residents should actively apply for these new funds by completing the FAFSA. For more information, go to



WOU offers many scholarships, some specifically for transfer students.

  • Oregon Transfer Module Scholarships:for students who have received the Oregon Transfer Module
  • AAOT and ASOT Scholarships: for students who have earned the AAOT or the ASOT
  • Provost Scholarship: For new transfer students with academic merit

Other scholarships that are open to all incoming students: Diversity Commitment, Leadership and Service and David Brody Scholarship.


Western Tuition Promise

Western Undergraduate Exchange Participating statesWOU is the only public university in the west to guarantee that its tuition for undergraduate students will not increase during the four years it takes to complete a degree. Transfer students receive a pro-rated guarantee period with 15 transfer credits equal to one-third of an academic year. The program is automatic and mandatory or Oregon residents and WUE program participants.
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Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

WOU offers WUE awards to transfer students who are residents of one of the 13 western states that participate in the program. WUE students receive a tuition rate of only 50 percent above Oregon residents. This is a savings of nearly $9,000 per year. All majors are open to WUE students.


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Academic support & development for enrolled transfer students

Academic advising

All students can use the Academic Advising and Learning Center for advising. Students with a declared major have a faculty adviser to support their progress towards a degree and success at WOU.


Career Services

The Office of Service Learning and Career Development offers students assistance in securing internships, career development, preparing résumés and job searches.


Free tutoring

The Academic Advising and Learning Center provides free tutoring—just ask!


Honors Program

Transfer students are eligible to apply for selection into the WOU Honors Program.


Student Enrichment Program (SEP)

The Student Enrichment Program provides services and a supportive environment to equip first generation, low income and students with disabilities with skills to be successful in college. The purpose of this program is to increase the retention and graduation rates of this student population.


Study Abroad

Transfer students can participate in an educational experience through Study Abroad and International Exchanges at over 100 foreign universities.


Writing Center

Obtain assistance in becoming a better writer overall or on a particular paper or project. Writing Center assistance is available online or in person.


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