Prospective Students: What To Do Over Winter Break

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Winter break is a great time to get work done on college applications, scholarship essays, and other college related things on your to-do list. Prospective students can take advantage of this time to get ready to head to WOU in an upcoming term. Here are some things to consider completing during the break. 


Apply to WOU if you haven’t already

Winter break is a great time to complete your WOU application. The application is online, making it super easy to apply, and there is no application fee. Incoming freshmen can even self-report their GPA. Click here to start the application process. Students and their families can schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor over break. Counselors are available to both transfer students and incoming freshmen, and are available to help with the application process for the upcoming fall 2021 term. There will also be application workshops available over break, where students can receive assistance with their applications, as well as presentations from various student groups and organizations. 


Scholarship essays and applications

If you have already been accepted to WOU, you can begin to work on the general scholarship application, found through the WOU Portal. Some scholarships do require students to write essays, and it can be difficult to find the right words to make your application stand out. Luckily, there are great resources available to assist you in the scholarship essay writing process. Make your application shine with these great tips, and check out these ideas for applying for and organizing scholarships. Students should apply by February 15, 2021 for merit-based scholarships, and by March 1, 2021 for the general application. 


Schedule an appointment with Financial Aid

If you’re wondering about financial aid, here’s a great page for general financial aid information.  Schedule a virtual appointment to meet with a counselor, and get all your financial aid questions answered. Current and prospective students can contact Financial Aid by phone 503-838-8475 or email ( and a staff member can set them up with a phone or Zoom meeting with a counselor. Award offers for students who submitted FAFSA on or prior to November 30, 2020 will be sent out in mid-December. Make sure to check the My FinAid icon in the WOU Portal to ensure all necessary documentation is submitted. 


Research academic programs:

Winter break is perfect for conducting some research on which WOU programs interest you. Start looking through WOU’s many academic departments to find which programs you might consider. Likewise, while WOU no longer requires a minor, many students choose to supplement their major with the addition of a minor, so you might want to check out minor options. Here is a great place to start, with links to all of WOU’s academic programs. 


Student clubs and organizations

WOU is home to an abundance of student clubs and organizations. From student leadership to clubs dedicated to arts and science, WOU has something for everyone. Check out all the clubs and organizations WOU offers, and see which one is right for you. 


Visit campus… virtually

In years past, we might have suggested heading to campus over the break for a tour, but unfortunately, due to COVID-19, that is not advised. Thankfully, WOU admissions has some really great virtual tours that let you explore the campus. Full campus tours are available in both English and Spanish. Check here in the upcoming months for in-person options. 


Follow WOU on social media

To learn more about WOU, follow @wounews on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

For more tips, check out last year’s winter break game plan.


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