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Non-Trad Services


Who are WOU Non-Trad Students?


According to the definition at Western Oregon University, our non-traditional students are, but are not limited to, students who:

  • Are over the age of 25
  • Are returning to school after an extended break
  • Have children


Non-Trad. Student Services


Here are some of the services that our office offers non-traditional students at WOU:


Non-Traditional Student Lounge
Want to get connected with other non-traditional students and the campus network? The lounge (located near the bottom of the stairs on the first floor of the University Center) provides a comfortable atmosphere for study, discussion or relaxation. It is also a great place to find out about upcoming events as well as network with other non-traditional students. In addition to sofas and informational bulletin boards, there is also a microwave oven, coffee maker, sink, phone and day lockers, all of which are available for student use.

Locker Rentals
A limited number of lockers are available for rental by non-traditional students. The lockers are located in the Non-Traditional Student Lounge and can be rented on a term-by-term basis. The charge is $10 per term. To rent a locker, visit the Werner University Center Information Desk.


Emergency Locator Service
This service provides a system for family members to get in touch with a student during the school day in emergency situations. Students must provide a copy of their schedule to the Coordinator for Campus Life in the Werner University Center so that in case of emergency, children, child care providers or family members can call and have a message delivered to the student in the classroom. Forms must be updated each term. A must for parents!


Advisement for Non-Traditional Students
The Coordinator for Campus Life can also meet individually with students for advisement and program facilitation for non-traditional, commuter and re-entry adult students. The non-traditional student advisor’s office is located on the second floor of the University Center, directly behind the Information Desk.


Counseling Services
The Counseling Center offers a variety of individual and group counseling services and activities to ensure a successful college experience for every student. There is no charge for the first five counseling sessions and a small fee is charged thereafter. Appointments at the Counseling Center can be made by calling (503) 838-8396 V/TTY or on a drop-in basis.


Child Care Center
The Teaching Research Child Development Center (located in Todd Hall) is available for students with children ages 30 months to 6 years. A portion of the incidental student fee each student pays is allocated to the Child Care Center to supplement care for the children of WOU students. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact the Child Development Center at (503) 838-8769 for more information.


Laptop Computer Check-Out
Students are able to check out laptop computers at the Information Desk in the Werner University Center for home use for the evening or the weekend. This allows students who do not own a computer or those who cannot stay at the university after hours to complete homework from their homes. The laptops can also be reserved in advance.

Transitions Newsletter
This compilation of diverse items of interest for the non-traditional student community is published in the first week of every month. The mailing list is derived from the list of students who are 25 years of age and older. Students are encouraged to contribute articles, pictures and other bits they would like to see published. Materials must be submitted to the editor, the non-traditional student peer advisor.

  Contact Information




You can reach our professional staff member at Western Oregon University that works with non-traditional students by e-mailing John Wilkins at, Andrea Balthaser at, or calling (503) 838-8833.



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