Originally founded in 1856 by Oregon pioneers, Western Oregon University is a 4-year public school and the oldest public institution in the state. Western Oregon grants bachelor’s degrees in 52 academic majors. To provide a break from campus, the Western Oregon Outdoor Program sponsors trips for activities such as snowshoeing and trail hiking. For sports fans, Western Oregon fields 11 men’s and women’s athletic teams known as the Wolves.
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In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
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+ amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
+ amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
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Average Debt at Graduation
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Median Monthly Loan Payment
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WOU is a medium-sized public university with strong programs in education, American Sign Language (ASL), the performing and visual arts, and criminal justice. The small-town environment is friendly and safe. The faculty are strong teachers who care about their students' success.
Christian from Monmouth, OR
Western Oregon University is a small campus with many beautiful trees.
The Werner University Center is the main place where all events happen
Western Oregon is a good school because its a small campus that you get to know many different people.
Christine from Monmouth, OR
This is a great school if you are motivated to work hard and achieve. If you are looking for a small campus with a big heart, you will find your home in Western Oregon university. A perfect, almost private school feel for a nice public school price.
Lindsay from Monmouth, OR
The campus is beautiful and conveniently close together. The buildings were easy to navigate and the dorms looked really inviting. With all the extracurricular activities, big recreation center, and car service they have, this school made a great impression.
Western Oregon University is a school based on learning and diversity within the community. The school encourages extracurricular activities and encourages you to focus on your schooling. Overall it is a fantastic school to attend and would be highly recommended to all students.
As soon as you step on campus, you feel at home. Western has a very comfortable atmosphere. They offer a great learning environment.