Admission to the American Sign Language/English Interpreting Major


When will I apply for entrance to the ASL/English Interpreting Program?

Once you have completed, or are registered for, these courses then you are ready to apply!

  • INT 254 – Fall and Winter terms
  • ASL VIII (will be in progress when you apply) – Winter term
  • Registered for ASL IX & ASL 353 – Spring term
  • LING 210/310
  • INT 260 – Winter and Spring terms (online only)


What are we looking for from applicants?

You can find a list of the attributes we look for in our applicants here..


How do I apply?

Pre-screening will begin February 15th, Secondary application will be requested for priority review by March 15th.
Admission to the ASL/English Interpreting Program is a 2-step process.

Step 1: Complete the ASL/English Interpreting Program pre-application screening form online.
Request Unofficial Transcripts of all previous college course work are required as part of this application.  This is separate from any official transcripts required for admissions into the University.  Official transcripts should be sent to the Admissions Office as part of your University application.

Step 2: If requested, complete the secondary application including evidence of professionalism, language samples, and names of references.
Note: Members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Admissions Deadlines

Students are encouraged to apply to Western Oregon University as soon as possible.   The University begins to accept students as early as January of each year.

The pre-screening form for the ASL/English Interpreting Major needs to be completed by February 15th.

The secondary application, if requested, must be received by March 15 for priority review.


Admissions Philosophy

Our philosophy as faculty is to select candidates who are ready to become interpreters. Our program has high standards and includes a rigorous course of study, but we do not encourage a competitive spirit between students. We do not have a certain number of “seats” to fill in our program, we have accepted from as few as 16 to as high as 29 to join our program on a given year. The most important piece is whether the candidate is able to demonstrate that they are professionally and linguistically ready to begin the program. We strongly believe that being bilingual prior to learning to interpret is a benefit that will pay off in one’s career.



Erin Trine Erin Trine Program Coordinator & Instructor ASL/EI Program | 503-838-8730 Kathy Heide Kathy Heide Administrative Program Assistant Division of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies | 503-838-8322