Admitted to Western Oregon University? Take the next steps!

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Admitted to Western Oregon University? Take the next steps to prepare for starting in the fall.


If a friend invited you to a movie, you would accept, decline or defer the offer to another time? The same is true with your acceptance letter. It’s important for planning purposes that you let us know your decision. You can indicate your choice by completing WOU’s Intent to Enroll form, which is emailed to all admitted students. Letting WOU know by May 1 is ideal.

Stay focused

Finish your last semester of high school or community college with the same hard work that got you admitted to WOU. You are required to submit your final official high school transcripts before Sept. 1 with your senior grades and graduation date.

Portal Power

WOU Portal is your passport to the information you will need as a WOU student. Get connected by creating your online WOU Portal account. You will need your Portal account to apply for scholarships, receive email, signup for housing, check your financial aid package and more.

Financial Aid

Information about your formal financial aid packet will be sent to your WOU email account between mid-March to mid-April. If you haven’t submitted your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you can still do so. WOU’s FAFSA school code is 003209.


Western Oregon University Scholarship and Financial Aid Officer Travis Heide encourages students to apply for as many scholarships as they can throughout their college career. Start by reading Just Apply – tips for scholarship applications. Click scholarships for a list of WOU scholarships and eligibility criteria. March 1 is the deadline to apply for the general WOU scholarship.

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Congrats on being accepted to Western Oregon University. We are eager to have you join our pack.


Every first-year student is required to live on campus for a full academic year, and transfer students are encouraged to live on campus in upper-division housing.

Submit your housing application early because building assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply for on-campus housing, then watch your WOU email account for information from University Housing about your building assignment, move-in date, your roommate and more. You will need to submit a housing contract and emergency information to secure your housing placement.

Time to SOAR

Summer Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) is a great way to start your college career. It’s when you will meet your classmates and faculty, learn more about campus and make sure your paperwork is complete.

SOAR is required for admitted freshman. At SOAR, freshmen attend academic advising sessions, learn more about campus resources and receive their student ID cards. Registration begins in April. 

Freshmen from California and Hawaii are invited to attend a 2020 SOAR program in their state. Dates are to be announced for Honolulu, Maui, Concord and Anaheim.

Monmouth SOAR dates are Friday, June 26; Saturday, June 27; Friday, July 17; Saturday, July 18 and Thursday, Aug. 27.

Transfer students can register in mid-April for Transfer Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (TSOAR), which will be May 16, 2020. New students will register for their classes at orientation.

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Western Oregon University is looking forward to welcoming new students to campus in the fall.

Review of Timelines:

As soon as you decide: Submit housing application

March 1: Submit WOU scholarship applications

Mid-March to Mid-April: Look for financial aid offers

April: Sign-up for SOAR or TSOAR session

Before May 1: Complete Intent to Enroll form

Before Sept. 1: Submit official high school transcripts


The WOU Admissions team is eager to help you make the transition to college. Please contact Admissions if you have questions at 877-877-1593, option 1, or email them at

On-campus housing is one of the most exciting parts of becoming a university student. Over the next four days, we’ll be highlighting four of our residence halls. Keep an eye at for those posts!

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