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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I apply for Destination Western?

The past year and a half have been a wild ride for everyone, but high school students like you have faced a unique set of challenges. As a result, many students are feeling a little anxious about their academic transition to college-level work. Western Oregon University has heard these concerns and created a perfect opportunity for you to get an extra boost in your leap to university life: Destination Western. Destination Western is a free two-week program WOU is hosting September 6th-17th. Destination Western was created with student support in mind. We want to set you up for a strong start at WOU, so we encourage you to apply today. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our family of WOU Wolves!

How will Destination Western help me succeed as a student at WOU?

Destination Western connects new students with the tools they need to succeed in college related to academic success, support resources, and peer communities. The transition from high school to college can be challenging, and with the addition of the everchanging pandemic, incoming students will benefit from a program that can provide them with the personalized support they need. By participating in Destination Western, our hope is that new students will feel more prepared for their college journey and valued in a new environment. We’re looking forward to seeing students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences building connections, breaking down some of the barriers that may be in place when entering college.

Is proof of COVID-19 vaccination required to participate in Destination Western?

Yes. Per university policy, students are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of vaccine exemption one week prior to moving into the residence halls. More information can be found in your email.

I'm a student athlete, can I still participate?

For students in Winter and Spring sports: YES!

For Fall sports, we are actively working with Athletics to get as many athletes in the program and create a balance between your games, practice, and the Destination Western program. Please reach out to Megan Habermann at so we can review whether or not it will work for you.

If I'm living on campus, do I get to move into my selected residence hall room?

Yes! The room you chose during the housing selection process will be the room you move into at the beginning of Destination Western. Then you’ll be all set by the time other on-campus students move in a few weeks later!

If I'm not living on campus during the academic year, will I live on campus during Destination Western?

Yes! You’ll have the opportunity to experience on-campus living during the two-week Destination Western program.

I want to participate in Destination Western, but I don't want to miss work. Will there be financial accommodations?

Yes! All students who participate in Destination Western will either receive a $1000 wage replacement stipend OR one free first-year seminar (FYS) class remitted during the academic year. More information can be found here.

Contact the department of New Student and Family Programs | (503) 838-9482 | M-F, 9am-5pm | Virtually & On Campus (WUC 210)