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.
The 2021 virtual SOAR dates are June 24, June 26, June 28, June 30, and July 16. Students will receive an invite to register for a SOAR date via email in late May. At SOAR, students will receive advising support and register for fall courses.
We also anticipate offering in-person orientation activities in the months of July and August. Please monitor your email and check back here for updates.
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.
New live virtual visits
Western Oregon University will be providing Online Campus Tours through Facebook live. Tours will be an hour and a half long and include housing. You will have the opportunity to ask current students any questions you may have. This would be a great time to get a first, or second, look at campus while getting the opportunity to ask a Student Ambassador any final questions you may have about the campus or your transition to WOU. To request closed captioning for the tour, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a disability that may require some accommodation in order to participate in a Western Oregon University class or activity, please notify the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250 or email@example.com at least 3 business days in advance. To request an interpreter, please fill out the INTERPRETER REQUEST FORM.
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 take a math placement test. Please see the WOU Mathematics Prerequisite and Placement Guide for more information.
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
Placement for Writing courses
Placement for Biology courses
- 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.