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Points of Pride

(verified 2/2017)


Western Oregon University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Western Oregon University was recognized in 2015 as being among the top schools in Oregon for Criminal Justice and Corrections careers by Correctional


Western Oregon University was recognized in 2017 as the No. 67-ranked best regional universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report.


Western Oregon University was ranked No. 80 among the nation’s public universities for providing the most financial aid to international students, according to online source Student Loan Report.


Western Oregon University was recognized in 2016-2017 as the No. 11-ranked university for gerontology, according to online source Great Value Colleges. It is the only university Oregon that offers a bachelor’s degree in gerontology.


The Research Institute (TRI) is an unusual asset for a university WOU’s size. The eight innovative programs under the TRI umbrella use the latest researched-based approaches in a range of disciplines.


Individual programs at WOU are accredited by the following organizations:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education – Last reviewed 2015.
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education — Last reviewed 2008.
  • Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education – Last reviewed 2010.
  • National Association of Schools of Music – Next report due spring 2017.


The university also is in compliance with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, which authorizes teacher preparation programs offered by Oregon higher education institutions.


The SafeWise Report included Monmouth (15) and Independence (19) on the 2016 list of the top 20 safest cities in Oregon.


Ackerman Hall, built in 2010, was the first LEED Platinum residence hall in the U.S.


Western Oregon University has been designated as a Military Friendly School since 2012.


Western Oregon University is among the top 200 colleges for Native Americans according to “Winds of Change” magazine’s 2016-2017 college edition.


Western Oregon University has had 20 NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising awardees since 2008.


Western Oregon University is the top mainland university for Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students according to a February 2017 report in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


The 2015-2016 Western Oregon University men’s basketball team went to the NCAA Division II Final Four.


In 2008, then-WOU softball player Sara Tucholsky and two players from Central Washington University won the “best moment” ESPY award for a viral video about sportsmanship. Clips from the video are still used today in campaigns by national companies to demonstrate the nature of kindness in the human spirit.


The Western Oregon University baseball team held the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship for 11 consecutive years, from 2004 to 2014.


The Western Oregon University 2016 men’s and women’s cross country teams were named Scholar Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.


In 2017, the Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference executive board selected Western Oregon University to be the permanent home of the event, which gathers 2,000-plus Latino/a students to learn leadership skills.


In 2010, WOU’s College of Education received the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, which is given by The American Association of State Colleges and Universities.


Western Oregon University received Tree Campus USA recognition in 2015 from the Arbor Day Foundation. WOU has earned the distinction many years in the past as well.




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