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Destination Western

Destination Western is a two-week residential program designed to help students build the skills needed to succeed in college-level writing and math. Participants will participate in academic sessions throughout the program in small groups, as well as participate in academic activities, workshops, and social events!


  • Live in the residence halls (in the room you chose during housing selection) with other program participants
  • Make friends and create your WOU community
  • Meet WOU faculty and staff dedicated to student success
  • Learn to navigate WOU before the fall term starts
  • Have access to academic and campus resources
  • $1000 wage replacement stipend* OR one free first-year seminar (FYS) class remitted during the academic year**
  • Free on-campus housing and meals throughout the experience

*Students eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant will receive a $500 weekly stipend over the two week experience. You do not need to have been awarded the Oregon Opportunity Grant, just meet its eligibility requirements. 

**Students not eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant will be reimbursed the cost of one FYS 107 or FYS 207 course tuition for a course taken the 2021-2022 academic year. This is equivalent to roughly $850.


An admitted Western Oregon University student, enrolled in Fall 2021 courses who also is one of the following: 

  • 2020 graduate from an Oregon high school who did not attend college in 2020-21
  • 2020 graduate from an Oregon high school who enrolled in an Oregon community college or university in 2020-21 and were adversely impacted by COVID-19 (reduced academic load, financial distress, poor grades, etc.)
  • 2021 graduate from an Oregon high school

Additionally, 2020/2021 graduates of non-Oregon high school are also eligible, with priority given to Oregon graduates.


The application window for the 2021 session has closed. Destination Western will take place from September 6th-17th.

Applicants will be asked to identify how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them academically and personally. The program is designed to support students who need additional assistance due to challenges presented during the pandemic. Preference will be given to students who:

  • Are from underserved communities
  • Have previously participated with AVID, ASPIRE, GEAR UP, and other student success or college access programs

What does a day at Destination Western look like?

Here’s a sample schedule!

7:00 am: Breakfast in Valsetz Dining Hall

8:00 am: Morning Check-in & Activity

9:00 am: Academic Session One (Math)

11:00 am: Lunch in Valsetz Dining Hall

12:00 pm: Faculty Office Hours

2:00 pm: Academic Session Two (Writing)

4:00 pm: Study Support Session

5:00 pm: Dinner in Valsetz Dining Hall

6:00 pm: Open/Homework Time

7:00 pm: Evening Activity

9:00 pm: Conclusion of the Day

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