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WOU Said Yes 

Welcome to the WOU Family

Congratulations on your acceptance to Western Oregon University! Whether you’re a freshman or a transfer student, this page will help you understand what happens now. It’s easy to get started on your successful transition to WOU.

Most dates listed below apply to new students enrolling at WOU in fall term. If you will begin classes in a different term, you may have different timelines, due dates and events. You can contact Admissions with questions at or at 503-838-8211.


  • Go to to create your online WOU Portal account. The Portal is where you will find a variety of important university services and information, including your student e-mail and financial aid, so be sure to remember your username and password! Note: This login information is different from the username/password created for your online admissions application.
  • Set up your student email account.
  • If you have trouble creating your Portal account, contact Admissions at or at 503-838-8211.

Financial Aid

  • Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 to receive an early award estimate, but no later than Feb. 1 for our early filing date. WOU’s FAFSA school code is 003209.
  • Check your WOU email account often to see if Financial Aid needs any additional information to give you a formal aid packet.
  • Watch your mailbox between mid-March and mid-April for your formal offer of financial aid.
  • Learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a financial aid recipient.


  • Apply for WOU scholarships through your Portal no later than March 1 at 5 p.m. A list of scholarships and eligibility criteria is available at
  • Review the terms and conditions of your scholarships, then accept or decline them on your financial aid packet.


  • We encourage you to apply for on-campus housing  as soon as possible to increase your chances of getting into your preferred hall.  We begin accepting Housing Reservation Forms for the following year beginning October 1st. Housing Options  can be viewed online.
  • Students who graduate from high school within one year of starting at WOU– regardless of class standing– are required to live on campus for the full academic year. For exemptions see our First-Year Live-in Requirement Policy
  • Check your WOU email often. University Housing will communicate with you through your WOU email leading up to your move-in date and throughout the academic year.

Transfer Pathways

If you are transferring credits from another college or university:

  • Be sure that all your transcripts are sent to WOU as soon as coursework is complete.
  • You can see how your previous course work came in on Degree Tracks in the WOU Portal approximately 3-4 weeks after transcripts are received.  If you have a transfer course you would like reviewed for a degree or general education requirement, you can complete the Transfer Articulation Request Form.
  • Keep an eye out for an invitation to the Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration event held in May.
  • For more information on transfer resources available, please see the “Student” tab on the Transfer Pathways website.


  • Intent to Enroll: Admitted students are required to notify WOU of their decision to enroll fall term, defer to a later term or cancel their admission using the Intent to Enroll form. The Intent to Enroll form will be also emailed to all admitted students.
  • Advising, Orientation and RegistrationAdmitted transfer students will receive an invitation via email on May 3 to register for virtual Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (TSOAR). Students will receive advising support and register for fall courses as part of their TSOAR experience. The TSOAR dates are Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. Transfer students who are unable to attend TSOAR may register courses beginning May 17.

    Admitted freshmen and transfer students who are not registered for courses are invited to attend virtual Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR). Students will receive advising support and register for fall courses as part of their SOAR experience. The dates for SOAR are June 24, June 26, June 28, June 30, and July 16. Students will receive an invite via email to register for their SOAR date in late May.

    WOU anticipates offering in-person orientation activities for admitted students and their families in the months of July and August. Further information, including dates, will be sent to students via email.

  • Visit the Wolfstore website to find required and recommended textbooks for your courses.

Turn in Required Documents

  • Transcripts: Before Sept. 1, freshmen must submit final official high school transcripts with senior year grades and graduation date. They also should submit any college or university transcripts and AP/IB scores. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from every institution they have attended. The Sept. 1 deadline applies even for students who take summer courses.
  • Revolving Charge Account Contract: This program allows students to pay their charges, such as tuition and fees, via installments each term. Submit the completed form to the Business Office in the Lieuallen Administration building.
  • Health History Form and Immunization Information: WOU is required by law to ensure all students have submitted a health history and immunization records. Submit these items to the Student Health and Counseling Center on campus.

Contact us  |  503-838-8211  |  1-877-877-1593 (toll-free)  |  Location: Welcome Center