A snapshot of the Western Oregon University experience.

Western is home to standout students with the vision to transform tomorrow. Here’s their chance to shine.

Watch WOU's episode of The College Tour

Watch WOU’s episode of The College Tour

Western supports its growing Latinè community

Meet Brenda, a first-generation latina student who chose Western for it’s growing latinè community, bilingual advisors and staff, and cultural programs which has helped her relate to those who share similar backgrounds and experiences.

Brenda Rocio Martinez
Major: Public Policy & Administration
Minor: Business & Communication
Hometown: Woodburn, OR

Connecting to Western’s community as a transfer student-athlete

Discover how Justin’s educational journey as a transfer student and his athletic pursuits in the only NCAA Division II university in Oregon, flourished upon joining this distinctive academic community.

Justin Conklin
Major: Exercise Science and Human Biology
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Hometown: The Dalles, OR

Western offers students opportunities to lead and grow

Hunter shares how his leadership experience has positively impacted his self-confidence and experience as an undergraduate and graduate student at Western.

Hunter Hall
Major: Graduate student in teaching and bachelor’s degree in mathematics
Minor: Communications & Writing
Hometown: Portland, OR

First-generation student?Western’s support services and programs help you thrive.

Discover how the myriad of student support services and resources can boost your college experience and success, especially if you are the first in your family to go to college like Nancy.

Nancy Montecinos
Major: Psychology
Minor: Public Health
Hometown: Sisters, OR

Explore teacher education programs and NCAA Division II athletic programs

Hannah shares her enriching experience with student teaching and unveils the profound impact of building lifelong friendships within the close-knit campus environment. Hannah’s story is a testament to the unique harmony of academic rigor, athleticism, and the warm camaraderie that defines the distinctive atmosphere at Western.

Hannah Rispler
Major: Secondary English Education
Minor: Sports Leadership
Hometown: Gresham, OR

Getting hands-on learning experience in the criminal justice program & finding balance

Beyond his studies in the renowned criminal justice program, Max highlights the of state-of-the-art recreation facilities and on-campus counseling, both essential elements that contribute to maintaining balance and propelling him toward achieving his educational and career goals.

Max Smoot-Brown
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Camas Valley, OR

Discover Western’s thriving American Sign Language community and programs

Learn about Western’s highly-regarded American Sign Language program through Keisha’s story as a transfer student. By getting involved on campus, Keisha has improved her signing skills, learned what it takes to be an interpreter, and has experienced the perspective of deaf individuals first hand.

Keisha Taylor
Major: American Sign Language Interpreting
Hometown: Aberdeen, WA

Stay close to home AND get an amazing college experience

Meet Aneli, a first-generation college student who chose Western to stay close to family while getting a valuable traditional college experience. She highlights the benefits of small class-sizes and joining clubs and organizations which provide safe spaces for those who identify as BIPOC and have intersectional identities. Encontraras a tu familia aqui!

Aneli Godinez-Martinez
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Hillsboro, OR

Thrive on-campus, explore Monmouth & the Willamette Valley

Layla shares how she takes advantage of everything the city of Monmouth has such as local coffee shops, parks, restaurants, and nearby outdoor recreation such as hiking and swimming. She also highlights student leadership opportunities and services at Western which has helped her thrive.

Layla William
Major: Dance and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Western prepares you for innovative careers

Explore how valuable research and internship experiences have not only ignited David’s passion but also equipped him for a promising future.

David Echevarria
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Public Health
Hometown: Caldwell, ID

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