Destination Western

Destination Western is an all-expenses paid ten-day residential program designed to help students build the skills needed to succeed in college-level writing and math as well as get them connected to others socially. Participants will participate in academic sessions throughout the program in small groups, as well as participate in academic activities, workshops, and social events!

The 2024 Destination Western Program will run from September 11th to September 20th. Following Destination Western, students will participate in PACK Welcome Week.

Check out last year’s Destination Western!

We can’t wait to see what this year has in store for all of us!

Priority Qualifications

All Fall 2024 admitted Western Oregon University students are highly encouraged to apply for the Destiantion Western Program.

The department of New Student & Family Programs aims to serve all new undergraduate students and embrace the diversity that enriches our community. We believe diversity is a powerful force for positive change, and we’re committed to fostering meaningful inclusion, empathy, and open communication among our students.

Priority for acceptance into the Destination Western Program is given to students that identify in a group that has been historically underrepresented or underserved by the education system and/or students in one or more of the following categories/programs:


  • Live in the residence halls 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
  • Free on-campus housing and meals throughout the experience


What does a day at Destination Western look like? Check out our sample schedule! This is what most of the weekdays of Destination Western will look like.

7:00 am Breakfast in Valsetz Dining Hall
8:30 am Morning Check-in & Cohort Activities
9:30 am Academic Session One (Math)
11:30 am Lunch in Valsetz Dining Hall, Faculty Office Hours, Homework Time
1:30 pm Academic Session Two (Writing)
3:30 pm Homework Time
5:30 pm Dinner in Valsetz Dining Hall
7:00 pm Evening Activity (laser tag, movies, volleyball, crafts, trivia, etc.)
9:00 pm Conclusion of the Day


WOU students smiling

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