Fall 2021 Admissions are Still Open: Is WOU Right for You?

It’s not too late to apply for WOU! Unlike many other colleges, Western Oregon University is open to applications and registration up until the start of Fall Term every year. WOU strives to make higher education accessible, and part of that process is allowing leeway in regard to students’ individual struggles and obstacles.


WOU utilizes a rolling admission system, meaning applications are reviewed upon reception. There is no set date during which all applications for a year are reviewed, then either denied or approved. Therefore, our university does not set a strict deadline date. Instead, potential students are advised to simply submit their application at least two weeks before the start of a term, or earlier if possible. It’s also important to keep in mind that an application fee is not required for potential freshmen or transfer students. 


FAFSA is another factor of admissions to remember, and there are always options on how to handle submitting that application. Although the deadline for the best aid packages for fall term is Feb. 1 of the preceding school year, according to Leslie Loyd from the WOU Financial Aid Office, students can still qualify for good monetary assistance when submitting before June 1. Federal financial aid is an option thereafter, but Fall Term bills may need to initially be paid out of pocket.


Incoming freshmen, outside of special circumstances, are required to live on campus their first year to fully acclimate to the college environment and maintain a close proximity to classes and campus resources. According to Susie Garcia, the Application Processor for University Housing, there is no set deadline for submitting a housing reservation form. The only restriction is housing selection; if you would like to virtually select your room, you must send in a Housing Reservation Form by 5 p.m. on July 22. Otherwise, the office will select your room for you starting in September, and applications will continue to be accepted throughout the academic year.


For those still unsure whether to apply, WOU offers a multitude of admissions events, information on these events provided by Director of Admissions Rob Findtner. Weekday in-person campus tours occur at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Weekend in-person campus tours take place on the Saturdays of April 17, May 22, and June 5. Virtual campus tours are offered every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. via Facebook live. If none of these times or dates work for your schedule, please make an appointment with the counseling staff! They can schedule a unique time for in-person tours.


If you want to know more about our university first, WOU hosts a weekly virtual information stream on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. For those who are seeking assistance on applying, there are virtual application workshops at 3 p.m. on May 5 and June 2.


Once accepted, students are invited and encouraged to attend Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) events. These events offer more information about campus life, WOU’s majors, and the base curriculum. By the end of the day, you’ll even get your Fall Term schedule arranged! This year’s dates are June 24, 26, 28, 30, and July 16. Transfer students are advised to attend similar TSOAR events on May 14 and 15.


Finally, scholarships are a big deal for many potential college students. Although WOU’s general scholarship deadline has already passed this year, there are still scholarship opportunities open in certain departments. It’s only a matter of hopping onto your Portal and browsing through the Scholarships tab at the top. Additionally, it’s helpful to research outside scholarship opportunities, including those that may be offered by your or your parents’ employers.


No matter your obstacles, WOU is happy to work with you and provide needed aid. There’s plenty of time left, plus so much to learn and engage with at the start of each new academic year!

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