What’s Open Over Winter Break?

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Are you looking to get some campus business done over winter break? Here’s a quick guide for what is open, what’s closed, and what students need to do if they plan to stay on campus. Please note that some departments’ hours and availability may change based on government restrictions. Check the websites of each department for the most recent information. 

If you’re staying in a residence hall, you will be moved from your room to a central location. Be sure to pack anything you might need over break, as you will not be able to return to your normal room until COVID-19 testing is complete (scheduled for January 2 – 4, 2021). If you’re not planning on staying on campus over winter break, residence halls will close at 5 p.m. on December 11. 

Here’s more information about which departments will be open over winter break.


Valsetz Dining Hall

Valsetz is closed over break. The dining hall will reopen on Sunday, January 3. Students planning to stay on campus over the break will need to make other arrangements for food. 


Health and Wellness Center

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center will not be open during winter break. Once winter term begins, the Courtney Center will re-open as the governor’s guidance indicates gyms in our counties can do so. Check here for the most up-to-date information, and watch for updates about winter term.


Admissions Office

Admissions will be open over break. Current and prospective students can schedule a virtual meeting with an admissions counselor, if needed. 


Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid department is open over break, and is available for phone and Zoom appointments. Students can call 503-838-8475 or email (finaid@wou.edu) to set  up a meeting with a counselor. Please note that 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. 


Hamersly Library

The library will be closed for winter break, but will be offering curbside pickup of materials, with the exception of the week of 12/20 through 12/25. 


Caffe Allegro

As all campus dining will be closed over break, Caffe Allegro will be closed until January 4, 2021. 



Yes, the bookstore will be open! Visit the bookstore between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays for all your textbook and school supply needs. Check here for the most recent updates on store hours. 


Student Health and Counseling Center

The Student Health and Counseling Center will be open over winter break. Clinic hours will be 9-12 pm and 1-5 pm Monday through Friday. 


Student Success and Advising

Yes, available for appointments and phone calls. If you are a current student, appointments can be scheduled through WCS in the WOU Portal, and prospective students can call 503-838-8428.


We hope you have a happy and healthy winter break! 

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