Western Oregon University


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Type :Public university

Established :1856

Parent institution: Oregon University System

Academic affiliations :Space-grant

President: Jay Kenton (interim)

Provost: Rob Winningham

Academic staff :452

Administrative staff :427

Students: 5,185[1]

Location :Monmouth, Oregon, United States.

Western Oregon University (WOU) is a public university in Monmouth, Oregon. It was originally established in 1856 by Oregon pioneers as Monmouth University.

Subsequent names included Oregon State Normal School, Oregon College of Education, and Western Oregon State College. Western Oregon University incorporates both the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Enrollment is approximately 6,000 students.


Western Oregon University was founded in 1856 as Monmouth University. In 1865, it merged with another private institution, Bethel College, in Bethel and became Christian College. In 1882, the Oregon State Legislature approved the college’s bid to become a state-supported teacher training (or “normal”) school, Oregon State Normal School.

In November 1910, an initiative petition (Measure 10) to establish a normal school at Monmouth, passed by 55.6%. The name was changed, for the fourth time, to Oregon Normal School. On the same ballot were two other measures to additionally establish normal schools in Ashland and Weston: both failed.

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How hard is it to get into Western Oregon University?

The acceptance rate at Western Oregon University is 80.6%.

For every 100 applicants, 81 are admitted. This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

What GPA do you need to get into Western Oregon University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into Western Oregon State College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Oregon University was 3.2 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend.