Top 10 reasons to go to WOU

Why WOU?

Students and their families often have many universities to choose from, so what makes Western Oregon University rise above the rest? Here is our Top 10 reasons WOU is the best choice:

1. Many students complete internships or practicums as part of their coursework, giving them a head start in landing a job after college — or even before graduation!

2. Our students have more positive academic experiences and small class sizes that allow for a more genuine connection with faculty and peers. Students are also paired with supportive and positive faculty advisers who will stay with students every step of the way.

3. Each student gets faculty advisers to help keep them on track to graduate in four years. Rest assured your student is getting the guidance they need to complete a degree.

4. Our students have access to counseling, mental health and medical care facilities. Along with student clubs, mentor programs and many other resources, because we believe in caring for the whole person.

5. WOU’s financial aid counselors help students understand their aid package and let them know about available resources so they can manage their financial situation.

6. Our beautiful campus is small and walkable, so students don’t need a car to get around. The MI Trolley was introduced in 2023, providing free public transportation between Monmouth and Independence!

7. The student housing options on campus vary from traditional dormitory style to entire apartments, depending on your student’s needs. Friends they make in the university housing likely will be their friends for life.

8. The extensive range of majors and minors available at WOU can result in career-ready degrees that give your student a foundation for success.

9. Four-year universities prepare students for life after graduation through research, internships, hands-on learning in and outside of the classroom, and opportunities to customize their education to meet their needs. Western is a student-focused campus that provides this holistic approach to higher education.

10. The 2022 SafeWise Report ranked Monmouth as No. 3 on the list of Top 20 Safest Cities in Oregon. 


Options for fresh, nourishing foods abound on the WOU campus, from our dining hall and its global cuisine stations to the Wolf Grill’s burgers and salads.


Many students participate in intramural or club sports, or they can join our Outdoor Club, which travels the state seeking outdoor adventures.

Health & Wellness

WOU students enjoy access to a pool, a climbing wall and fitness classes at the Peter Courtney Health & Wellness Center. Our Student Health and Counseling Center tends to students’ medical and mental health.


of students are assigned multiple advisers devoted to guiding them through their four years at WOU


of students who apply to WOU are selected for admission

student clubs and organizations are waiting to welcome you in

NCAA Division II student-athletes want to see you in the stands, cheering for the Wolves


Monmouth and Independence are among the top 20 safest cities in Oregon.

Our Wolf Ride program safely transports students back to campus between 5 p.m. and midnight.

Campus Public Safety provides patrol services to the university around the clock, every day.