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The Latino community and WOU

Western Oregon University has increased its enrollment by thirty percent since 2006 because of its continued priority of providing all undergraduates with an education that is best described as affordable excellence. Small classes taught by faculty, rather than graduate students, innovative curriculum (such as bilingual teacher education and gerontology), and the Western Tuition Promise that freezes tuition levels for four years all provide students with the optimal educational experience.

WOU has long identified the importance of increasing the number of Latino students who successfully earn a bachelor's degree. WOU has become a national leader in effectively enrolling and graduating Latino students. This success has complemented the university's service to all other students and has resulted in a more dynamic, valuable, and inclusive education experience for all WOU students.

Facts and figures

  • Western Oregon University has the highest percentage of Latino students among all Oregon University System (OUS) campuses. 12.2 percent of WOU students are Latino compared to only 5.3 percent for all other OUS campuses.
  • Since 2006 WOU doubled the number of Latino students on campus (+116 percent)
  • Latino students have the highest retention rate among all ethnic groups at Western Oregon University
  • Latino students comprise 20 percent of Oregon K-12 students
  • Latinos are the only ethnic group that is expected to increase K-12 enrollment during the next twenty years
  • WOU is the only Oregon public college or university to be a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

WOU recognized for excellence in serving Latino students

  • Recognized as a top national university for closing the gap in graduation rates between underrepresented minority (URM) and nonminority students by The Education Trust
  • Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs
  • American Enterprise Institute

Other national recognitions for Western Oregon University

  • Parade Magazine: Top 20 "small state schools"
  • "An educational jewel," Hacker and Dreifus (2010) critical review of higher education
  • U.S. News and World Report, top regional university
  • Recognized for improved graduation rates for underrepresented minority students by The Education Trust.


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