Comprehensive Review

Apply for a comprehensive review

A limited number of students who do not meet admission requirements but can demonstrate a level of preparation that supports a successful transition to college may be admitted by the Comprehensive Admission Review Process.

The Director of Admissions may request:

  • A personal letter addressing why you do not meet the academic requirements
  • Up to three letters of recommendation from school personnel who can objectively evaluate your academic preparation (no family, friends, employers or coaches).
ACT/SAT Scores

Submission of ACT or SAT scores is optional for first-year applicants. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.74 are encouraged, but not required, to provide ACT or SAT scores as part of the admission review process

Other considerations

Academic performance is not the only criteria for admission. Western Oregon University offers a comprehensive review of applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements. We consider:

  • Standardized test results (ACT or SAT scores)
  • The rigor of courses taken
  • A personal essay
  • Other indicators that predict success in college, such as a person’s behavior and background



Conditional admission

Process review of these materials does not guarantee admission. With conditional admission, additional courses and academic support activities may be recommended or required. WOU has the right to rescind any student’s admission if he or she fails to meet any condition established by the process.