Admission Process

I Want to Apply.

If you are starting as a freshman, transferring, an international or a graduate student – you’ll need to choose your program and find your specific requirements. Follow these four simple steps to submit your online application.

I’ve Applied. What’s Next?

After your online application is complete, this is the time to submit your supporting documents, apply for housing, and learn more about financial aid opportunities. This is also a great time to begin planning your visit to WOU.

I’m Admitted! Now What?

Now is the time to do some planning and get started as a student. Meet with an adviser, register for classes, and acquire your books and study materials. Settle into your new home at the WOU campus and begin your path to success!

Freshman Requirements Checklist

Note: Applicants who do not meet these admission requirements may be considered for admission by the director of Admissions or the Comprehensive Admission Review Committee. Please review the Comprehensive Review page for more information.

Graduates of Unaccredited High Schools or Home-Schooled Students

  • Receive a composite score of 23 on the ACT, a combined score of 1060 in critical reading and math on the old SAT, or a combined score of 1130 in reading/writing and math on the new SAT.
  • Receive a minimum score of 470 on each of two College Board SAT subject tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student’s choice).
  • Meet the second language requirement (see subject requirements). Students who do not take a SAT subject test in a second language must prove proficiency through another process.
  • Graduates of unaccredited high schools and home-schooled students who do not meet these requirements are eligible for admission if they fulfill the GED requirements.

General Education Development (GED)

  • Receive a minimum score of 410 on each of the five GED tests or a minimum score of 150 on each of the subtests for the 2014 GED.
  • Receive an average score of 550 for the five tests or an average score of 170 for the four subtests on the 2014 GED.
  • Meet the second language requirement, if graduating class would have been 1997 or later (see subject requirements).


When to Apply

Priority Deadline*: February 1 of your senior year.

Scholarship Deadline: March 1 of your senior year.

*WOU features rolling admissions, meaning it reviews applications throughout the year and applicants can select the start term of their choice. For those hoping to start the next fall, we will start sending out decisions on completed files starting September 1 of the previous year. Fall term applicants are encouraged to apply for admission by Feb. 1 so that, if accepted, they can access the scholarship application. After a file is complete and all application materials are received, Admissions strives to complete the review process with two weeks. Admissions decision letters are sent via USPS mail.

Application Procedures for Incoming Freshmen

Complete and submit the application for undergraduate admission by the priority deadline* of Feb. 1 of your senior year in high school. Submit the $60 non-refundable application fee** or Request for Deferral of Application Fee Form.

  1. Ask your high school to send an official transcript to Admissions documenting all course work completed to date. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school to WOU using an electronic document delivery service (such as Parchment) or by mailing to Admissions, 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, OR 97361.
  2. If your GPA is below 3.0, have a teacher or counselor sent a letter of recommendation via email to or via mail to Admissions, 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, OR 97361. If you graduated high school more than three years ago, you don’t have to submit a recommendation letter or form.
  3. If your GPA is below 3.0, you’ll need to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  4. If you want to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, the Honors Program or Athletics, you’ll need to submit SAT or ACT scores
  5. After you graduate high school, you should submit a final official transcript that includes your graduation date.
  6. If you’ve earned any college credits before starting at WOU, you’ll need to submit a transcript from each college or university attended.

The Admissions Office reserves the right to rescind the admission of any student who fails to meet the conditions of their admission to WOU.

Comprehensive Review

Students who do not meet the regular admission requirements may be asked to submit additional items. Please see our Comprehensive Review page for details.

Change of Entry Term

**The non-refundable $60 application fee is valid for one academic year (fall through summer). If you plan to begin attending WOU during a term within the same academic year other than the one for which you applied, you must request a change of entry term in writing. If approved, you will not need to pay an additional fee. However, if you wish to enroll during a subsequent academic year, you must resubmit the application and pay a new application fee.