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As you consider your academic future at Western Oregon University, take a moment to explore the admission requirements. These prerequisites are the first steps toward your educational aspirations. By understanding and meeting these criteria, you lay a solid foundation for your journey ahead. Start your path at WOU by familiarizing yourself with the admission process today.

Application deadline for Fall 2024 is August 30, 2024.

Term begins: September 30, 2024

I-20 transfer deadline: September 13, 2024

Orientation: TBD



  • Standard diploma from an accredited
    high school
  • 2.75 unweighted cumulative GPA
  • Completion of the following with C- or
    Pass grade:
    • Language Arts: 4 years
    • Math: 3 years
    • Science: 3 years
    • Social Science: 3 years


  • Be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing at all prior institutions attended.
  • 2.25 cumulative GPA
  • 36 quarter credits or 24 semester credits
    Or have a 2.0 GPA with an

Graduate Student

  • Students must have a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a cumulative B average (equivalent to 3.0 on a U.S. 4.0 grading scale)

Non-Degree Seeking Student

  • 2.75 unweighted cumulative GPA
  • Complete, sign application form
  • Complete, sign Financial Affidavit
  • Official Transcripts & English translation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Financial documentation
  • Copy of passport ID page

All non-native English-speaking students must provide proof of English proficiency. Applicants are exempt from the proficiency testing requirements if they received or will receive a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution located in an English-speaking country, graduates of secondary or postsecondary institutions where the medium of instruction is English, and if they are a citizen of one of the countries/territories listed below, or received or will receive an associate degree or higher
from an accredited U.S. institution.

Minimum English Test Score Requirements
Undergraduate Graduate
Paper-based TOEFL 500 550
Internet-based TOEFL 60 79
IELTS 5.5 6.0
Duolingo 85 100
PTE 48 53
Cambridge 162 CAE
Manchester 400 TBD


Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States.

* Click below for application instructions


Expense Cost
Tuition *, ** $24,084
Fees $2,350
Room and board ** $11,601
Books and supplies $1,125
Personal $1,350
TOTAL $40,510

Estimated costs for undergraduate students are based on 2023-24 costs for fall, winter, and spring terms with a full time course load of 12 credits.

All students are assessed a one-time mattriculation fee of $365.

Expense Cost
Tuition *, ** $15,180
Fees $2,787
Room and board ** $11,601
Books and supplies $1,125
Personal $2,508
TOTAL $33,201

 All students are assessed a one-time mattriculation fee of $315.

Item Cost Details
Mandatory International Health Insurance $2,100 Annual 09/01/2023 – 08/31/2024, all international students. Details
Dependents (Spouse or Children) $8,000/year for spouse + $2,000 for health insurance; $8,000/year per child + $2,000/year per child for health insurance. Contact the OIED if you are interested in bringing a dependent on an F-2 or J-2 visa.

* Tuition estimate based on full-tme status of 12 credits per term for fall, winter and spring.
** Not fixed costs; varies depending on credit load and housing/board choices.

Western Oregon University does not have any designated or guaranteed scholarships for international students. However, once admitted, international students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale will automatically receive the Merit Scholarship. The amounts indicated on the site are annual and renewable annually. International students are also eligible to apply for two types of scholarships, General Scholarships and Departmental Scholarships. The application process includes submitting required documents and essays. Evaluation criteria include GPA, awards, extracurriculars, and essay quality. For more information, click here.

Beneficiary Name: Western Oregon University
Bank Name and Address: KeyBank N.A. 1211 SW Fifth Ave Ste 300 Portland, OR 97204, USA
Bank Account Number: 890000058020
Purpose or Description: WOU/Student Name/Student ID Number (V#)
WOU Contact:

Kathyryn Tripp – Cashier’s Office 503-838-8291

Please indicate the student’s V# (admission number on the admission letter) when you wire transfer funds to WOU. Funds that are wire transferred into a student’s WOU account can only be used towards the student’s tuition, not personal expenses.

Please note:

We do not encourage, expect, or require students to obtain services from private recruitment agencies. Please know that WOU receives no profit or financial gain from any agencies or organizations.

Students from the People’s Republic of China, please be aware that Chinese law prescribes limits on what private agencies can legally charge an applicant.

Ready to Begin?

Learn About Your Next Steps After Acceptance.

Pre-Arrival Information

This guide provides essential insights and tips to help you prepare for your upcoming arrival. From important documents to key preparations, we’ve got you covered to ensure a smooth transition to your new journey ahead.

Traveling to WOU

Embark on an exploration of transportation choices tailored to enhance your journey to Western Oregon University


This immersive experience is your introduction to campus life, resources, and opportunities. Get ready to dive into academic and social aspects of university life, forge new connections, and lay the foundation for a successful and fulfilling journey ahead.

Setting Up Your WOU Portal Account

This page was made specifically for International Students to guide them through setting up their WOU Portal Account and allowing them to access their Pawprint username and creating or resetting their password.

Have questions? Contact us 🙂

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Office of International Education & Development

P: 503-838-8425 | e-mail:

The OIED is located in the Academic Programs Support Center (APSC), Room 408

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday from 1pm to 5pm