In-person orientation events at WOU for new students and their families.
The dates are August 4, August 5, August 13, and August 14.
Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) is intended for admitted freshmen. Transfer students who are unable to attend TSOAR and are not registered for courses are invited to participate in SOAR.
After you register for a virtual SOAR date, you will also want to join the WOU Network! On the WOU Network you can receive advising and registration support, learn more about campus programs and resources, meet fellow new students, and connect with members of the WOU community! An invitation to join the WOU Network will be sent to your WOU email.
Information on Demand
Student Enrichment Program (SEP/TRIO)
A student is eligible to apply for SEP services if they have a minimum of 1 of the 3 characteristics listed here:
First-Generation: This means that none of the student’s legal guardians has a 4-year college degree. A student’s legal guardian, for instance, could be their biological parents. Low-Income: This is based on family household size and state of residence. A student must complete a FAFSA or ORSAA financial aid application to qualify as low-income. Having a Disability: If a student receives accommodations through WOU’s Office of Disability Services, they would qualify under this criteria.
*An important note: We want to highlight that we offer sections of FYS 107 and FYS 207 that
are tuition-remitted for SEP students. That means that unless you have reached your maximum-allowable remissions at WOU, you will be reimbursed for the tuition cost of those classes if you take the section designated “SEP” in the title. The video above was created for a transfer student event, which is why only the Transfer Course offerings were highlighted.
Virtual Admissions Counselor Appointments
Admissions counselors are available by appointment to meet with future WOU Wolves and their families. Counselors can answer your questions regarding admission requirements, the application process, academic programs, scholarships, and university housing. Please visit our counselor page and click on a counselor profile to schedule a future appointment.
If you would prefer to speak with an admissions counselor by phone, please contact Admissions at 503-838-8211. Admissions counselors are also available via the Ask WOU chat function to answer your questions.
Placement Tests during SOAR?
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 an AP/IB math score, CLEP credit or previous college credit may or may not need to complete the ALEKS Math Assessment: https://wou.edu/math/aleks/.
Placement for French, German or Spanish courses
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.
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 a virtual assessment with WOU’s ASL faculty prior to registering for courses.
Virtual assessments will conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on June 18 and June 21. Students are required to schedule their assessment time by contacting Lyra Behnke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Placement for Writing courses
All WOU students are required to complete WR 121 and WR 122. Most students should begin in WR 121. Students can use their ACT/SAT scores, AP/IB English Language score, Smarter Balanced score, Essential Skills score, CLEP credit, or prior college credit to place into WR 122. Placement information can be found: wou.edu/english/first-year-
Placement for Biology courses
Biology 211 is required for students majoring in one of the following fields:
- Certain pre-professional health science areas (e.g., Dentistry, Medicine, Clinical Lab Science, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, or Veterinary Medicine)
- Certain chemistry major concentrations (e.g., environmental, forensic, or medicinal/pharmacology)
- Certain Teacher Education majors with a middle level/high school authorization (biology, chemistry, or integrated science)
To place into BI 211, students can use their ALEKS math placement score, ACT/SAT math section score (placement into Math 112 or higher), AP/IB Biology score*, prior Biology 102 college credit (B grade or higher), or prior Math 111 college credit (C grade or higher) for initial placement purposes.
*AP score of 3 or IB Biology Standard or High Level score of 4. Note that an AP score of 4 or higher or an IB Biology Standard or High level score of 5 or greater will place a student beyond BI 211.