Who are WOU Non-Trad Students?

According to the definition at Western Oregon University, our non-traditional students are students who:

  • Are over the age of 25
  • Are returning to school after an extended break
  • Have children

Non-Traditional Student Services offered in the Werner University Center

Non-Traditional Student Lounge

Want to get connected with other non-traditional students and the campus network? The lounge (located near the bottom of the stairs on the first floor of the University Center) provides a comfortable atmosphere for study, discussion, or relaxation. It is also a great place to find out about upcoming events, as well as network with other non-traditional students. In addition to sofas and informational bulletin boards, there is also a microwave oven, coffee maker, sink, phone and day lockers, all of which are available for student use. **At this time the lounge space is socially distanced due to COVID-19 in order to provide 6 feet of seperation.

Locker Rentals

A limited number of lockers are available for rental by non-traditional students. The lockers are located in the Non-Traditional Student Lounge and can be rented on a term-by-term basis. The charge is $10 per term. To rent a locker, visit the Werner University Center Information Desk.

Emergency Locator Service

This service provides a system for family members to get in touch with a student during the school day in emergency situations. Students must provide a copy of their schedule to the Student Engagement Assistant Director in the Werner University Center so that in case of emergency, children, child care providers, or family members can call and have a message delivered to the student in the classroom. Forms must be updated each term. A must for parents!

Events for Non-Traditional Students

Throughout the year, there are many events that are put on for Non-Traditional students. Look here to find what events are coming up next!

Non-Traditional Student News Letter

The Non-Trad News Letter comes out once a month and contains information on events and services on campus and the surrounding area. Check back soon to see the Non-Trad News Letter!

Campus Resources

There a variety of campus resources available to non-traditional students that can enable them to be more successful during their college career. Below are some of the resources offered around campus.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center offers a variety of individual and group counseling services and activities to ensure a successful college experience for every student. There are free counseling sessions for WOU students. Appointments at the Counseling Center can be made by calling (503) 838-8313 V/TTY or on a drop-in basis.

Child Care Center

The Teaching Research Child Development Center (located in Todd Hall) is available for students with children ages 30 months to 6 years. A portion of the incidental student fee each student pays is allocated to the Child Care Center to supplement care for the children of WOU students. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact the Child Development Center at (503) 838-8769 for more information.


Non-Traditional Student Staff

You can reach our professional staff member at Western Oregon University that works with non-traditional students by e-mailing Chelsee Blatner at blatnerc@wou.edu, or you can contact the non-traditional peer advisor by emailing at nontrad@wou.edu, or calling (503) 838-8833.

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