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Regular freshman admission requirements To be eligible for admission and be admit­ted to freshman standing, students need to fulfill each of the following requirements:

  1. Graduate from a standard or regionally accredited high school.
  2. Have at least a 2.75 cumulative high school grade point average.
    Alternative:
    Applicants with a cumulative grade point average between 2.50 and 2.74 are eligible for admission if they receive 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.
  3. Submit ACT or SAT Reasoning scores which include a standardized writing examination. Applicants with a 2.75 cumulative grade point average who graduated prior to 2010 are exempt from the ACT or SAT Reasoning scores requirement.
  4. Satisfactorily complete, with a grade of C- or better, 15 subject requirements (four in English, three in math culminating in algebra II or higher, three in science, three in social science and two in second language (two years of the same second language required). Alternatives:
    • Receive a minimum score of 470 on each of two College Board SAT Subject Tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student’s choice). Students who do not take a SAT Sub­ject Test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another process.
    • Make up high school course deficiencies by taking college course(s) for specific subject requirements and achieve a grade of C- or better. Applicants are advised to contact the Office of Admissions for further information.
    • Students who do not meet the second language requirement should refer to the second language requirement section.
  5. 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 comprehensive admission review section or contact the Admissions Office for a review of your eligibility.

 

Second language requirement

WOU requires two years of the same high school-level second language with a grade of C- or above, or acceptable performance on proficiency-assessment options. Dem­onstrated proficiency in an American Indian language can meet all or part of the second language requirement, as certified by the governing body of any federally recognized tribe. American Sign Language meets the second language requirement. The second language requirement applies to students graduating from high school in 1997 and thereafter.

 

Automatic admission policy

Freshman applicants from the state of Oregon who meet all five of the criteria listed below will qualify for automatic admission to WOU for the 2013-14 academic year:

  1. Graduate from a regionally accredited high school.
  2. Complete all courses required for both the Oregon Diploma and the 15 Oregon University System subject requirements (four in English, three in math culminating in algebra II or higher, three in science, three in social science and two in second language (two years of the same second language required).
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.40 for all high school coursework and satisfactory completion of a student’s senior-year courses.
  4. Satisfactory performance on assessments of four essential skills: reading, writing, applied mathematics, and speaking. Proficiency in each of the individual essential skills may be demonstrated by:
    Speaking
      • Any of the assessments approved by the Oregon Department of Education, with scores at the “Proficient” level or above.

    Reading (one of the following three)
      • OAKS Reading, with a score of 252 or better
      • SAT Critical Reading, with a score of 550 or better
      • ACT Reading, with a score of 25 or better

    Writing (one of the following three)
      • OAKS Writing, with a score of 40 or better
      • SAT Writing, with a score of 550 or better
      • ACT Writing, with a score of 7 or better

    Applied mathematics (one of the following three)
      • OAKS Mathematics, with a score of 250 or better
      • SAT Mathematics, with a score of 550 or better
      • ACT Mathematics, with a score of 25 or better
  5. Satisfactory fulfillment by February 1, 2013, of all the requirements for admission to WOU, including submission of ACT or SAT reasoning exam scores.

 

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:

  1. Receive a composite score of 21 on the ACT (including the Writing section) or a combined score of 1000 on the SAT Reasoning Exam (Critical Reading and Mathematics sections).
  2. Receive a minimum score of 470 on each of two College Board SAT Subject Tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student’s choice). Students who do not take a SAT Subject Test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another process.
  3. Meet the second language requirement (see second language requirement section above).

 

General Education Development (GED)

Students who did not graduate from high school but received a GED must fulfill each of the following requirements:

  1. Receive a minimum score of 410 on each of the five GED tests.
  2. Receive an average score of 550 for the five tests.
  3. Meet the second language requirement, if graduating class would have been 1997 or later (see second language requirement section).
  4. Home-schooled students who received a GED are eligible for admission if they fulfill the above requirements.

 

When to apply

High school students can apply for admis­sion after completion of their junior year. Students must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission available from WOU Admissions Office or apply online at wou.edu/apply. 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 scores are received.

 

 

For more information

Contact

The Office of Admissions toll-free at 1-877-877-1593 | or e-mail: wolfgram@wou.edu
Location: APSC room 408

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