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Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University (WOU) is a leading comprehensive public liberal arts institution offering

undergraduate degrees in education, liberal arts, and sciences and master's degrees in education, rehabilitation counseling, criminal justice, music, management and information systems, and history.

 Fast Facts


The university earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award for celebrating diversity across its campus and was named by the Education Trust as one of the top ten schools in the nation for improving graduation rates among underrepresented students.


The school has several unique programs, including a renowned teaching research institute, center on deafness, and rainbow dance theatre. In addition to supporting students, its faculty members are actively involved in community projects. 


Located in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, WOU is just 20 minutes from the state capital and about 75 minutes from Portland.  Students enjoy being a short drive from both Oregon’s coastline and mountain ridges.


The school has dozens of clubs, ranging from Crusade for Christ to the Anime Club. Students at WOU can compete in NCAA Division II level sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, softball, track & field, and volleyball.