Transfer Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (TSOAR)

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Transfer Student, Orientation, Advising and Registration (TSOAR) is the first opportunity for admitted transfer students to register for fall courses. In addition to registering for courses, students will attend academic advising with faculty, learn about valuable campus resources, receive ID cards and tour the residence halls. More information about registration and the TSOAR program will be mailed to students in early April.

Curious about placement into math, biology, writing or language courses? Please visit our FAQs and scroll down to the placement tests section.

Transfer students admitted for terms other than fall should contact their academic adviser and register for classes according to the academic calendar rather than attending TSOAR.

For more information, contact Admissions at 503-838-8211 or 877-877-1593, option 1.

Tentative Transfer Student, Orientation, Advising and Registration Schedule

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Please contact the Office of Admissions at wolfgram@wou.edu or 503-838-8211 for schedule details.

8:15 a.m.

Check-In, Student ID Cards and “Core of Campus” Tours. 

Drop-In Financial Aid Advising Session.

10 a.m.

General Advising Session

Transitioning to WOU Session for Family Members and Guests

10:30 a.m.

Academic Advising and Web Registration

9:40 a.m.

Welcome

11 a.m.

Lunch and Student Services Fair. 

Drop-In Financial Aid Advising Session.

Noon

Tour of Campus and Residence Halls

Non-Traditional Student Lounge Open House

1 p.m.

Tour of Campus and Residence Halls

Financial Aid Presentation

 

Placement tests during TSOAR

Placement for Math courses

Students who wish to register for a math course can use their AP/IB math score, CLEP credit or previous college credit for initial placement purposes.

Students without these must complete the ALEKS math placement test through the WOU Portal before SOAR. We recommend visiting the math department’s ALEKS page to learn more about the placement test before taking it. If the ALEKS math placement link is not available under “My Programs” in your Portal, please contact Admissions at (503) 838-8211.

Placement for French, German or Spanish courses

Studying a language is required for certain majors as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees. One key to success in a language is to enroll in the class that matches your skill level. If you are new to the language, enroll in the first-year, 101 level. If you averaged a grade of “B” or better in two years of high school language, you may be able to enroll in the second-year series beginning with 201. If you averaged a “B” or better in four years of a high school language, you may already have met the language requirement for the major and the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Students who wish to register for a language course can use their AP/IB language score, CLEP credit or previous college credit for initial placement purposes. Students without these must complete a language placement test before SOAR if they would like to enroll in a 102-level course or above. Placement tests are available at the links below.

French: wou.edu/french/placement-test

German: wou.edu/german/proficiencies/german-placement

Spanish: wou.edu/spanish/placement

Placement for American Sign Language courses

Students who are new to American Sign Language should register for ASL 101. If you have previous experience with ASL and wish to enroll in a higher level course for fall term, you must complete an assessment with WOU’s ASL faculty at SOAR. Students attending SOAR in California or Hawaii should complete a virtual assessment via Skype before SOAR. To arrange a virtual ASL assessment, please contact Lyra Behnke at behnkel@wou.edu.

Placement for Writing courses

All WOU students are required to complete Writing 122. Students can use their SAT/ACT score, AP/IB English Language score, Smarter Balanced score, Essential Skills score, CLEP credit or previous college credit for placement purposes. Freshmen without these should contact wolfgram@wou.edu or 503-838-8211 for alternatives.

Placement for Biology courses

Placement into Biology 211 is required for students majoring in these fields:

  • Biology
  • Certain pre-professional health science areas (Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Medicine, Clinical Lab Science, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant or Veterinary Medicine)
  • Certain chemistry concentrations (environmental, forensic or medicinal/pharmacology)
  • Certain Teacher Education programs with a middle level/high school authorization (biology, chemistry or integrated science)

Students in these majors can use their ALEKS math placement score, SAT/ACT math section score, AP/IB Biology score, previous Biology 102 college credit (B grade or higher), or previous Math 111 college credit (C grade or higher) for placement purposes.

Students in all other majors, including Pre-Nursing and Exercise Science, do not require placement into Biology 211.