Western Oregon University announces nearly all winter courses to be online

Western Oregon University (WOU) has announced that winter term classes at both the Monmouth campus and WOU:Salem will continue as mostly online, in an effort to “Embrace the Now.” As with fall term, only a small number of arts and science lab-based courses will be offered in person, while following social distancing protocols.


“As we’ve diligently monitored the COVID-19 statistics in our area and hoped to see an improvement, the reality is that the current trend does not indicate it will be safe to have more in-person classes for winter term,” said WOU President Rex Fuller. “No matter what the course delivery formats, we remain dedicated to safeguarding campus and community health, while ensuring students are able to make progress on their journey to their degrees.”


Winter term begins Jan. 4, 2021. This decision was announced now to provide students ample time to make decisions about winter term courses and seek advising support before class registration opens in November. The course delivery method does not impact tuition as tuition is billed at the same rate per credit for all class formats.


Students are still welcome and encouraged to live on campus; the majority of residence hall rooms have been transitioned to single-occupancy. The dining hall also will remain open with physically distanced tables and controlled traffic flow.


About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving approximately 4,800 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 75 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.

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