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About WOU

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Western Oregon University is a public, mid-sized university - committed to changing lives, strengthening communities and transforming our world. Located in Monmouth, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, WOU is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state's capital and about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub.


Western Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), in compliance with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, which authorizes teacher preparation programs offered by Oregon higher education institutions. Students may review accreditation documents in the Office of the Provost or the Library.

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  • Year founded 1856
  • Total enrollment 5,445
  • Number of undergraduate students 4,808
  • Number of graduate students 637

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Western Oregon University
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503-838-8211  v/tty
877-877-1593 ext. 1  toll-free

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