To be eligible for admission and be admitted to freshman standing,
students need to fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Graduated from an Oregon public high school or an accredited private or out-of-state high school
- Have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average. Alternative: Applicants with a cumulative grade point average between 2.50 and 2.74 are eligible to use a composite score of 21 on the ACT or a combined score of 1000 on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the SAT Reasoning Exam to replace the grade point average requirement.
- Submit SAT Reasoning or ACT scores which include a standardized writing examination. Applicants with a 2.75 cumulative grade point average who graduated prior to 2006 are exempt from the ACT or SAT Reasoning scores requirement.
- Satisfactorily complete, with a grade of C- or better, 14 subject requirements (4 in English, 3 in math culminating in algebra II or higher, 2 in science, 3 in social science and 2 in foreign language: two years of the same foreign language required)
- Receive a combined score of 940 (average of 470) on two subject tests. (Math Level I or IIC; and a second test of student’s choice. Students who do not take an SAT Subject test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another approved process.)
- Make up high school course deficiencies by taking college course(s) for specific subject requirements and achieve a passing grade. A three-credit college course is equivalent to one year in high school. Course work must be completed prior to the end of the academic year.
- Students who do not meet the foreign language requirement should refer to the foreign language requirement section.
- All students from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau, must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 190 (paper score of 520). WOU will also accept Michigan Test scores. A minimum score of 75 is required for undergraduate admission and 80 for graduate admissions.
Note: If you do not meet these traditional admission requirements or alternatives, please see the special admissions section or contact the Admissions Office for a review of your eligibility.
Foreign language requirement
Students graduating from high school in 1997 or later are required to have completed two years of the same foreign language at the high school level. A student may also meet this requirement by taking two quarters or semesters of the same foreign language at the community college or university level. American Sign Language is acceptable in meeting the foreign language requirement. The language requirement may also be met by satisfactory performance on an approved assessment of foreign language knowledge and/or proficiency. For details on how to satisfy the requirement via knowledge assessment or proficiency, please contact the Admissions Office. Those who graduated prior to 1997 are exempt from the foreign language requirement.
Graduates of unaccredited high schools or home-schooled students
Students graduating from an unaccredited high school or who were home schooled must fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Receive a minimum combined score of 1000 on the Math and Critical Reading sections of the SAT Reasoning Exam or a composite score of 21 on the ACT. Applicants must submit scores from the SAT Reasoning or ACT which include a standardized writing examination.
- Receive a combined score of 940 (average of 470) on two SAT subject tests. (Math Level I or IIC, and a second test of student’s choice. Students who do not take an SAT Subject test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another approved process.)
- Meet the foreign language requirement (see foreign language requirement section).
General Education Development (GED)
Students who did not graduate from high school but received a GED must fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Receive a minimum score of 410 on each of the five GED tests
- Receive an average score of 550 for the five tests
- Meet the foreign language requirement, if graduating class would have been 1997 or later (see foreign language requirement section)
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