Welcome Cavaliers

We’re ready to help you reach your education goals!

At Western Oregon University, we understand that Concordia students might be feeling uncertain and worried about the future. WOU is committed to helping you achieve the degree you are pursuing. Many of WOU’s academic programs are a terrific match to Concordia programs, and WOU has one of the most accommodating transfer credit articulation policies among all Oregon universities.

WOU has created a dedicated team to assist you, whether you’re transferring from Concordia or had planned to start your college career at Concordia this fall. Western Oregon staff and faculty are poised to guide Concordia students down the smoothest path to degree completion.

We invite you to explore the page below to learn about the admissions process we’ve put in place for Concordia students as well as the academic programs that translate most directly to WOU’s offerings. If you have specific questions, please locate the team member who can help with that topic and contact them directly. They are ready to assist you!

Dedicated Concordia Team Members

 

KRISTIN M. MAURO

Director, Transfer Pathways, Academic Affairs
503-838-8732 | maurok@wou.edu | AC 132

NOLAN ARASATO

Admissions Counselor, Admissions Office
503-838-8199 | arasaton@wou.edu | APSC 408

KRISTIN MAHONEY

Admissions Counselor, Social Media Coordinator, Admissions Office
503-838-8194 | mahoneyk@wou.edu | APSC 408

ERIN BAUMGARTNER

General Education Director/Professor, VP Academic Affairs/Provost
503-838-8348 | baumgare@wou.edu | AC 129

OLIVIA FLORES

Pre-Education Advisor & Graduate Programs Advisor, Education & Leadership
503-838-8675 | floreso@wou.edu | RWEC 164

DARLENE FRITZ

Pre-Education Advisor, Education & Leadership
503-838-8704 | fritzd@wou.edu | RWEC 165

KATHY CASSITY

Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
503-838-8226 | cassityk@wou.edu | BELL 234

LESLIE LLOYD

Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Financial Aid
503-838-9656 | lloydl@wou.edu | AD 308C

JODI REIMER

Office Manager, University Housing
503-838-8933 | reimerj@wou.edu | ACK 163

GAVIN KEULKS

Director of the Honors Program, Professor, Honors Program
503-838-8519 | keulksg@wou.edu | APSC 210

KRISTEN LARSON

Administrative Program Assistant, Graduate Studies
503-838-8597 | larsonk@wou.edu | AD 107A

NIKI WEIGHT

Director of Student Success and Advising, Student Success & Advising Office
503-838-9391 | weightn@wou.edu | AC 125

This public directory does not include employees who have requested confidentiality. Please use the WOU internal directory to view all employees.

Admissions

Any current undergraduate or graduate Concordia student in good academic standing will be automatically admitted to WOU after completing the admissions application; the application fee will be waived and your application will be expedited.

Any student who had been accepted for fall 2020 admission to Concordia will also be automatically admitted to WOU after completing the admissions application; the application fee will be waived.

Western Oregon has rolling admissions, so there is no deadline to apply. However, if you wish to apply for WOU scholarships, you should apply immediately so you are eligible to complete our General Scholarship Application by the deadline of March 1. Once you’re accepted, you’ll receive a WOU Portal login so you can access the scholarship application and your new WOU email.

Please plan to visit our beautiful campus as well! We have multiple visitation events planned for the remainder of the academic year.

Academic programs

Many of Concordia’s academic programs align well with Western Oregon offerings. By working with our transfer team, you should be able to find the right fit for your transfer credits so you don’t miss a beat on your path to getting your degree. Here are some examples of transfer opportunities:

Undergraduate

Concordia Psychology major = WOU Psychology major
Concordia Biology major = WOU Biology major
Concordia Business major = WOU Business major
Concordia Marketing major = WOU Business major with a marketing concentration
Concordia Elementary Education major = WOU Bachelor of Science in Education major (Early Childhood/Elementary)
Concordia Secondary Education major = WOU Bachelor of Science in Education major (multiple concentrations)
Concordia Exercise and Sport Science major = WOU Exercise Science
Concordia Homeland Security major = WOU Criminal Justice major with a minor in Homeland Security
Concordia (any) major = WOU Interdisciplinary Studies major
Concordia’s Early Childhood Education major = WOU Early Childhood Studies major

 

Graduate

We offer all of the following online/hybrid programs:
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (elementary or secondary)
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Education: Information Technology

Each WOU academic department is working to complete an equivalency chart that will help Concordia students envision how their major can be found at WOU. Please check back here for that information in the future or visit the departmental website for the program you’d like to learn more about. To see how specific courses transfer from Concordia to WOU, use the articulation portal below.

In addition to major-specific transfer credits, Western Oregon will accept general education courses earned at Concordia. If you have completed your general education requirements at Concordia, those requirements will also be complete at WOU. If you have partially completed your Concordia general education requirements, a WOU adviser will work with you to determine what part of general education you will still need to complete and help you link up your completed courses with WOU requirements.

Transfer Articulation Portal

Financial aid

Transfer students from Concordia as well as freshmen who planned to start at Concordia in fall 2020 will receive at least $1,000 toward WOU tuition. Graduate students are eligible to receive a one-time, $1,000 scholarship if enrolled in a minimum of six creditsStudents must add WOU’s school code (003209) to their FAFSA/ORSA to qualify. Students who are accepted to WOU and apply for the WOU General Scholarship by the deadline of March 1 may be eligible for more financial assistance.

Several other funding options are available to Concordia students who have been admitted to WOU, including:

Housing

Western Oregon offers an array of residence halls and apartments for students. Transfer students are not required to live on campus; first-year students are.

Campus residents have access to a number of dining establishments as well as a streaming movie service, free laundry, technical support for personal computers and a robust schedule of student activities.

Learn more about University Housing and Campus Dining at their web pages.

For students who want to live off campus, a variety of property rental companies are a good starting point for those looking for spaces in Monmouth and Independence.

A few more things

  • WOU’s academic year runs from summer (late June) to spring (early June).
  • WOU is a quarter school, which means classes run for 10 weeks with a finals week, giving students the opportunity to take classes on a broader range of topics than semester schools.
  • WOU uses a 30, 60, 90 model – 30 credits of electives, 60 of general education and up to 90 in your major.
  • WOU has a second location in Salem. Visit WOU:Salem for more information about courses offered there.
  • Our diverse student body includes about 5,000 people at the undergraduate and master’s levels.
  • WOU and Concordia are the only NCAA Division II universities in Oregon, so transferring here means staying in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
  • Learn more about WOU at Quick Facts.