Transfer Orientation

TSOAR – 2021

Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration 

Congratulations on your admission to Western Oregon University!

We are excited to have you join the WOU community as a new transfer student this fall.

We are pleased to share that registration will open on May 3 for Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (TSOAR). As part of your virtual TSOAR experience, you will have the opportunity to receive drop-in advising support and register for fall courses beginning on Friday, May 14 or Saturday, May 15. Friday, May 14 will be an evening event with general advising support will be available for drop-in support via Zoom from 3 – 8 pm. Saturday, May 15 general advising support will be available from 9 am to 4 pm. On both days, major advisors will be available for scheduled time blocks within that time window.

Your first step is to register for TSOAR on May 14 or May 15. The registration form also includes the option to share that you are not available on these dates. Upon submitting your registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions and required next steps to prepare you for advising and registration. The day you select for TSOAR will be the day your registration for fall term opens. If you are unable to attend TSOAR on May 14 or May 15, you will be able to register for courses beginning Monday, May 17.

In addition to signing up for your TSOAR date, you will also want to join the WOU Network. Transfer students 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 on this virtual platform. An invitation to join the WOU Network will be sent to your WOU email address and you can set up your account using your WOU Portal credentials. 

Please contact Admissions at wolfgram@wou.edu to receive the registration link for TSOAR.

Information on demand

Important: Complete the Transfer Orientation Modules to prepare for advising and registration at TSOAR.

Step 1

Set up your WOU Portal Account

Step 2

Complete the Enrollment form

(you will need to be logged into your
WOU email located in the Portal)

Step 3

Access the modules in Canvas

Be sure to check your WOU email beginning May 3 for a link to join the WOU Network for access to more resources and support for joining us at WOU.

One Student’s Journey to WOU

PLUS Team: Out of State Student Panel

Contact for questions: Megan Habermann-Guthrie | habermam@wou.edu | 503-838-8659

Password: 6M.@7q1L

PLUS Team: Students of Color Panel

Contact for questions: Megan Habermann-Guthrie | habermam@wou.edu | 503-838-8659

Password: 0E.&1d@?

PLUS Team: Transfer Student Panel

Contact for questions: Megan Habermann-Guthrie | habermam@wou.edu | 503-838-8659

Password: 9Q+^^=6d

Hamersly Library Informational Video

Contact for questions: Hamersly Library | libweb@wou.edu | 503-838-8418

Child Development Center

Contact for questions: Tammy Gardner | gardnert@wou.edu | 503-838-8238

Student Success and Advising Presentation

Contact for questions: Student Success and Advising | advising@wou.edu | 503-838-8428

Business Office and How to Pay

Contact for questions: Business Office | businessoffice@wou.edu

Criminal Justice Overview

Contact for questions: Criminal Justice Office | criminaljustice@wou.edu | (503)838-8733

Financial Aid Presentation

Contact for questions: Financial Aid Office | finaid@wou.edu | 503-838-8475

Office of Disability Services Presentation

Contact for questions: Office of Disability Services | ods@wou.edu | 503-838-8250
(Google Hangout Available, please email ODS)

AAOT vs Non-AAOT Presentation

Contact for questions: Dr. Kristin Mauro | maurok@wou.edu | 503-838-8732

Housing Presentation

Contact for questions: Housing Office | housing@wou.edu | 503-838-8311

Student Enrichment Program (SEP/TRIO)

Contact for questions: Marshall Guthrie-Habermann | gurthriem@wou.edu | 503-838-8168

Housing Tour

Contact for questions: Housing Office | housing@wou.edu | 503-838-8311

Multicultural Student Services and Programs

Contact for questions: MSSP | mssp@wou.edu | 503-838-8737

Service Learning and Career Development

Contact for questions: Service Learning and Career Development | slcd@wou.edu | 503-838-8432

Non-Traditional Student Panel

Contact for questions: Chelsee Blatner | blatnerc@wou.edu | 503-838-8647

Live Events

Student ID Cards

By appointment between May 5 and May 22

Contact for questions: Werner University Center Information Desk | seoofc@wou.edu | 503-838-8261

* You will have the option to have your ID card mailed to you, or you can wait to pick it up from the Werner University Center in the fall.
** Photo must be similar to a passport photo.

Three ways to access*:

  1. Schedule a Zoom appointment through Calendly.
  2. Email seoofc@wou.edu for instructions on how to send in your own photo.**
  3. Wait until you are on campus in the fall.

Curious about placement into math, biology, writing or language courses? Please visit our FAQs and scroll down to the placement tests section.

Transfer students admitted for terms other than fall should contact their academic adviser and register for classes according to the academic calendar rather than attending TSOAR.

For more information, contact Admissions at 503-838-8211 or 877-877-1593, option 1.

Placement tests during TSOAR

Placement for Math courses

All WOU students are required to complete a foundational skills level mathematics course  (MTH 105, MTH 110, MTH 111, MTH 112, both MTH 211 and MTH 212, or above). Please consult your major program requirements, an advisor or Dr. Matthew Ciancetta, Mathematics Department Head, at ciancetm@wou.edu for assistance selecting a course. Students who wish to register for a math course can use their AP/IB math score, CLEP credit, or prior college credit for initial placement purposes.

Students without these forms of credit must complete the ALEKS Math Assessment online through the WOU Portal prior to SOAR. We recommend visiting wou.edu/math/aleks to prepare for the ALEKS Math Assessment. If the link for ALEKS is not available under the “My Programs” menu in your Portal, please contact Annika Thompson at thompsona@wou.edu or by phone at 503-838-9407. Alternatively, students may show competency by scoring 61 or higher on the ALEKS Math Assessment, earned in a proctored and timed testing environment (see www.wou.edu/math/aleks/ for more information).

Placement for French, German or Spanish courses

Studying a language is required for certain majors as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees. One key to success in a language is to enroll in the class that matches your skill level. If you are new to the language, enroll in the first-year, 101 level. If you averaged a grade of “B” or better in two years of high school language, you may be able to enroll in the second-year series beginning with 201. If you averaged a “B” or better in four years of a high school language, you may already have met the language requirement for the major and the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

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.

French: wou.edu/french/placement-test

German: wou.edu/german/proficiencies/german-placement

Spanish: wou.edu/spanish/placement

Placement for American Sign Language courses

Transfer students with prior college credit for ASL will conduct an online evaluation with our faculty before registering for courses.

Faculty will conduct evaluations for course placement at the June 27, July 17, and August 27 SOAR programs. If you have not completed high school or college level ASL courses, an evaluation is not necessary. In the event our SOAR programs are delivered online than in-person due to COVID-19, evaluations will be conducted online.  

Placement for Writing courses

All WOU students are required to complete WR 121 and WR 122. Most students begin with and will be placed into 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 for placement purposes. Placement information can be found: wou.edu/english/first-year-writing/. Any student may challenge their placement by taking the challenge exam during new student week at the start of the Fall Term. Freshmen without these scores or forms of credit should contact Dr. Leigh Graziano, Director of First-Year Writing at grazianol@wou.edu.

Placement for Biology courses

Placement into Biology 211 is required for students majoring in these fields:

  • Biology
  • 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.