Founded in 1856, WOU is the oldest public
university in the Oregon University system.
WOU also participates in the Western Undergraduate
Exchange (WUE) Program, which
offers students from participating Western
states a special reduced tuition rate.
Total enrollment: 6,187
Top five majors: business, psychology, early childhood/elementary education, interdisciplinary
studies and criminal justice. (Based upon
degrees awarded for 2011-12 academic
Gender ratio: 60/40
(60% female/40% male)
Average class size: 26
Average high school GPA: 3.20
Percentage receiving financial aid,
scholarships, grants: 75%
Number of states represented: 33
(83% of our students are from Oregon,
making WOU one of the most "Oregon" of
Number of nations represented: 13
WOU is the only university in the Pacific
Northwest to receive a Higher Education
Excellence in Diversity Award.
(20.6% of students are from
Percent of recent WOU graduates who are enrolled in top graduate programs across the country: 40%
Acceptance rate of students: 87% (of
those students who submit a complete
School mascot: wolf
School colors: red and white (primary
colors), black and gray (secondary colors)
What is the tuition promise?
The WOU Tuition Choice is a unique
program that allows students and their
families to select the tuition plan that best
meets their financial needs. Students can
select either the Promise, which freezes
tuition at the same level for four years,
providing students the protection from
unexpected tuition increases and the
ability to plan for a specific rate.
The traditional plan, the other option,
has a lower starting tuition rate that will
increase annually. The two plans can
also be referred to as the "Save Now or
Save Later" plans with the "Save Now"
being the traditional plan has the lower
starting tuition rates and the "Save Later"
providing students who selected the
Promise to realize savings in their later
years at WOU. The Promise is for four
years for new freshmen and prorated for
WOU is the only public university to offer
students a choice in tuition plans.