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Western Oregon University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Western Oregon University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Western Oregon University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Western Oregon University was awarded 16 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Western Oregon State College as #1,143 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Western Oregon State College held the #1,166 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Western Oregon State College also holds the #14 spot on the Best Colleges in Oregon ranking.

See all of the rankings for Western Oregon University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Western Oregon State College?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Western Oregon University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 81%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Learn more about Western Oregon University admissions.

Western Oregon University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Western Oregon University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Oregon University is 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

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Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Oregon University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Western Oregon University is 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 21% for first-time, full-time students at Western Oregon State College, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

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Good Overall Diversity at Western Oregon State College

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,759 undergraduates at Western Oregon State College with 4,065 being full-time and 694 being part-time.

Western Oregon State College Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for Western Oregon State College is 60.79 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  60.79 out of 100
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How Much Does Western Oregon University Cost?

The overall average net price of Western Oregon State College is $16,875. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Western Oregon State College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,876 $13,381 $16,979 $20,853 $20,631

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Western Oregon State College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Western Oregon State College, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $6,413 a year. That adds up to $25,652 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Western Oregon State College is 7.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Western Oregon State College Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Western Oregon State College with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $39,700 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.

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See which majors at Western Oregon University make the most money.

Location of Western Oregon University

Located in Monmouth, Oregon, Western Oregon University is a public institution. The location of Western Oregon State College is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Location of Western Oregon University

Contact details for Western Oregon State College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 345 North Monmouth Ave, Monmouth, OR 97361-1394
Phone: 503-838-8000
Website: www.wou.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WOUnews
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wounews

Western Oregon University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from Western Oregon University. Of these students, 1,062 received undergraduate degrees and 205 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 135 $33,200
Criminal Justice & Corrections 132 $34,000
General Education 124 NA
General Psychology 123 $29,100
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 87 $24,700
Health & Physical Education 57 $23,800
Public Health 50 $31,900
Communication & Media Studies 39 $31,500
General Biology 33 $26,600
American Sign Language 32 $28,200

Learn more about the majors offered at Western Oregon University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Western Oregon State College

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 1,416 students took at least one online class at Western Oregon University. This is a decrease from the 1,469 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,416 261
2016-2017 1,469 285
2015-2016 1,341 341
2014-2015 1,671 566
2013-2014 1,058 301

Learn more about online learning at Western Oregon University.

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