California Students

Thank you for your interest in Western Oregon University! Here, our 5,500 students enjoy small class sizes, award-winning academic advising, and a personal approach to education. Nearly a quarter of our student body came to WOU from out-of-state. Our campus, which is located about 20 minutes from Salem (the state capitol) and an hour from Portland (Oregon’s largest city and cultural hub), has become an increasingly popular destination for students from California.

As a participant in the Western Undergraduate Exchange, WOU provides a terrific combination of academic excellence and affordability. Learn more about this tuition discount for Californians at

If you are a transfer applicant, WOU gladly honors the IGETC or the California State University General Education pattern to satisfy our Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirements. For details, visit this webpage or talk to your community college’s Records department. WOU also maintains a number of Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs) with California community colleges.

WOU admissions counselors travel to California regularly to meet with prospective students like you. Refer to the visit calendar below to see when we will be visiting your high school or attending a college fair in your area. We look forward to meeting you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 503-838-8211 or Go Wolves!