WOU’s commitment to sustainability earned the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”(LEED) highest level, ‘Platinum’ designation, for the design and construction of the first qualifying residence hall in the U.S. Other WOU facilities have received the LEED ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ designations.
WOU recognized as one of the top 20 public schools within the western regional universities. (US News and World Report, 2018).
WOU’s hometown, Monmouth, was ranked as the #12 safest city in Oregon. (Safewise Report, 2018)
WOU is proud to be chosen as the permanent home of the Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference, which provides leadership development to more than 2,000 Latino/a Oregon high school students on WOU’s campus every March.
WOU has been awarded 21 national advising awards (National Academic Advising Association, 2008-2018).
WOU ranked as one of the top 200 US colleges for Native Americans (“Winds of Change” Magazine, 2018).
WOU received a “Top 10” Military Friendly® award for Oregon small public universities as well as recognition as ‘military friendly’ for the last 5 years from MilitaryFriendly.com.
The Student Veterans of America club on campus earned the 2018 ‘Club of the Year’ at the National Student Veterans national convention for its community service activities.
WOU is the university of choice on the mainland for Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students– more so than any other university. (Chronicle of Higher Education, reported in 2017).