If you are starting at a community college, or if you already have some college credit, we recommend you make an appointment as early as possible (first term Freshman year, ideally) with Darlene Fritz, our transfer advisor, so you can align your courses to be on track in your major when you transfer to WOU.  Some types of teacher preparation work well with completing a full two years prior to transferring, and some types would require joining our Degree Partnership Program or transferring earlier to stay on track to graduate in four years.  Once you have had your advising appointment, use this checklist to guide you through all the steps for applying for admission, financial aid, scholarships, Degree Partnership (if applicable), and registering and beginning your first term of classes at WOU.

Complete the undergraduate application online or at a Campus Visitation Program

  • We accept applications at any time. WOU operates on a rolling admissions cycle and reviews applications throughout the year.
  • Application fees are currently being waived for all students
  • To be considered for GPA based scholarships, you will need to apply and submit your official transcripts prior to Feb. 1
  • Include your self-reported GPA, from every college or university you’ve attended, on your application.
  • You do not need to wait until you have completed all transferable coursework to apply.
  • Learn more about Transfer Admission

Send your most recent “official” transcripts, from every college or university you’ve attended, to Undergraduate Admissions

  • For electronic transcripts, have them emailed to: admissions@wou.edu
  • For paper transcripts, have them mailed to: Admission’s Office | Western Oregon University | 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth OR 97361

Submit Your FAFSA or ORSAA Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 to receive an early award estimate, but no later than Feb. 1 for our early filing date.

If you have applied and have not heard back from admissions within three weeks of submitting your application, please email Lori Palmer: palmerl@mail.wou.edu


Activate your WOU portal and email

  • Go to https://wou.edu/portal/
  • Click on “Activate your account”
  • Follow the directions to finish activating your Portal
  • Once in your Portal, activate your email by clicking on the gmail button at the top, click add an account, then add your WOU email (ends in @mail.wou.edu)

Send Darlene Fritz an email (fritzd@mail.wou.edu) from your WOU email to let her know your intended concentration (what subjects/grade levels you would like to teach).

Don’t know what you want to teach yet? Set up an advising appointment with Darlene.

Complete the WOU general scholarship application by March 1st

WOU offers nearly 200 different scholarships that you can apply for in one form. After you are admitted to WOU, you’ll be able to apply for these opportunities. The deadline is March 1. Learn more about scholarships at WOU. Learn more about scholarships for students in the Education Program.

  • Log into your WOU portal
  • Click on the “Scholarships” icon
  • Fill out the General Application Questions

Sign up for the Degree Partnership Program (DPP)

If you are considering taking additional courses at one of our partner community colleges after transferring to WOU, consider signing up for our Degree Partnership Program.

By May 1st, complete your Intent to Enroll.

WOU does not require an enrollment deposit.

Schedule an advising appointment to plan Fall classes.

Register for TSOAR (Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration)

TSOAR involves completing some orientation modules, connecting with the WOU Network, and learning how to register for classes. There are also some events during TSOAR week (the second week in May) that you can participate in. Learn more about TSOAR

Complete the Transfer Orientation Modules

Watch the Schedule Planner tutorial to learn how to plan your Fall classes.

Register for Fall classes (mid-May)

Attend one of the New Transfer Student Orientations for Future Teachers

This orientation will give you important information about how to prepare for and apply to the Professional Teacher Licensure Program.  Most students will apply either on April 1 of their junior year or October 1 of their senior year.

Attend one of the Teacher Licensure Exam Preparation Workshops

Even though you may not be taking your teacher license exams for a few months, it is important that you attend this workshop now so that you will know:

  • Which exams to take and when
  • How much they cost
  • How to register and select a testing center
  • The location of study materials on campus and online
  • Test preparation and test-taking strategies

If you are receiving any financial aid or scholarships, schedule a meeting with your Financial Aid counselor

  • Log into your WOU portal
  • Select the WCS icon
  • Select the blue “get support” button
  • Select Financial Aid from the drop-down menu

To arrange a virtual ASL assessment (if you want to start with a course higher than ASL101), please contact Lyra Behnke at behnkel@wou.edu

Have your final “official” transcripts sent to Undergraduate Admissions in July or August (after your final grades and degree have posted)

  • For electronic transcripts, have them emailed to: admissions@wou.edu
  • For paper transcripts, have them mailed to: Admission’s Office | Western Oregon University | 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth OR 97361
  • If you don’t see your DegreeTracks updated with your final courses (and degree) within two weeks of submitting them, please contact Lori Palmer in Admissions: palmerl@wou.edu 

Schedule an advising appointment with Darlene Fritz once all your credits have transferred in (July or August)

In this meeting, we will check to be sure your transfer credits are all checking off the right boxes in DegreeTracks and then create a term by term plan to finish your pre-education courses at the pace that works best for you.

Turn in the Revolving Charge Account Contract

Review the refund policy and if you have questions about your bill or payment options, contact the Business Office at 503-838- 8201

Turn in the Health History Form and Immunization Information