Update – For the health and safety of our new students, their families, and the WOU community, SOAR will be delivered as virtual experience rather than as an in-person event. Please check back for updates and contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-838-8211 if you have any questions.
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.
New live virtual visits
We wanted to let you know that beginning June 17th, Western Oregon University will be providing Online Campus Tours through Zoom and Facebook live, every Wednesday at 1:30pm throughout the summer. All of our live tours will be closed-captioned, and 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. Tours can be found on Western Oregon University Admissions Office facebook page, or through the following zoom link: https://wou-edu.zoom.us/j/
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.