About WOU

Western Oregon University is a public, mid-sized university – committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. Located in Monmouth, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capital and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub. 

Quick Facts

  • Year founded 1856
  • Total enrollment 4,019
  • Number of undergraduate students 3,606
  • Number of graduate students 413
  • Location Monmouth, Oregon and Salem, Oregon
  • Miles from Portland 63
  • Campus size (acres) 157
  • Number of majors: 44
  • Most popular majors
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Exercise Science
  • Student-to-faculty ratio 12:1
  • Average class size 18
  • Average high school GPA 3.36 (unweighted)
  • Acceptance rate 92%
  • Students receiving financial aid 73%
  • Geographic origins of undergraduate students
    • In-state: 81%
    • Out-of-state: 18%
    • International: 1%
  • Gender distribution 32% men 66% women
  • Students of color 37%
    • Hispanic/Latino 20.7%
    • Non-resident alien 3.1%
    • American Indian or Alaska native 1.1%
    • Asian 2.7%
    • Black or African American 2.8%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1.5%
    • White 60.2%
    • Two or more races 5.1%
    • Race and ethnicity unknown 2.9%
  • Athletics NCAA Division II
    Great Northwest Athletic Conference
  • Mascot Wolf
  • School colors Red and White
    (secondary colors: black and gray)
WOU library with bike riders
WOU students in class
WOU students sitting together


Western Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), in compliance with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, which authorizes teacher preparation programs offered by Oregon higher education institutions. Students may review accreditation documents in the Office of the Provost or the Library.

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WOU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by WOU.

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