Congratulations! You got accepted to Western Oregon University, but you’re not done yet! There are a few things that still need to be done before you begin school in the fall.
The first thing you want to do is create a username and password for WOU portal. This will be a very important resource to you throughout your college years. This is how you will access your WOU email, view financial aid information and much more.
Next, if you have not already filled out the FAFSA, make sure to do so ASAP! Not only is funding awarded in order of application date, but the financial aid priority deadline for WOU is February 1. Once that is complete, applying for housing and scholarships is the next priority. March 1 is the deadline for priority housing, as well as the WOU general scholarship deadline. It is best to get started on these as soon as you have made the decision to attend WOU. The scholarship application requires essays and an activity chart that you won’t want to put off until the last minute.
Beginning May 1, you can let WOU know whether you will be enrolling or will be canceling your admission. This is done on Portal, using the username and password you have already created. All freshmen are required to notify WOU of their decision, whether attending or not.
Once you have accepted your admission, you will be able to sign up for a Summer Orientation Advising and Registration or SOAR date. Admitted freshman can do this beginning May 26 on their portal. SOAR dates for students admitted for fall 2017 are:
- Friday, June 23, 2017
- Friday, July 7, 2017
- Saturday, July 8, 2017
- Saturday, July 22, 2017
There are additional dates for California and Hawaii admitted freshman in their home states.
All required documents and forms for new students are due September 1! These include health and immunization information and the revolving charge account contract. This contract allows students to pay charges on their accounts, such as tuition and fees, in installments each term.
Getting ready to make the transition to college can be an exciting thing, but don’t leave high school behind too fast! Those grades still matter. After senior year grades are released, WOU requires final transcripts. Acceptance can be revoked if a student fails to meet conditions of their admission.
Going to college isn’t all about paperwork and grades. If you haven’t already, start thinking about your interests, career goals, and possible majors. Although choosing a major isn’t essential before starting school, it will put you at an advantage if you’re thinking about it beforehand.
Last but definitely not least, show off on social media! We love seeing your posts. Use the hashtag #wousaidyes to share your excitement about joining us at WOU.