Western Oregon University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,730
3.19% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$16,754
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.56%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
83.4%
3,262 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
3,751
82.9% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
47.6%
404 Graduates

About

Western Oregon University is a higher education institution located in Polk County, OR. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Western Oregon University were General Education (183 degrees awarded), General Psychology (131 degrees), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (101 degrees).

In 2022, 1,298 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Oregon University. 69.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 30.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (843 degrees), 3.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (222 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Oregon University is $8,730, which is $−15,266 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Western Oregon University is $8,730, which is $−15,266 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,754.

In 2022, 72% of undergraduate students attending Western Oregon University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 74% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$8,730
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Western Oregon University was $8,730. The cost of tuition at Western Oregon University is $−15,266 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$16,754
2022 Value
10.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Western Oregon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,754. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Western Oregon University grew by 10.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,475
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Oregon University was of $10,475 in 2022. The cost of room and board decreased by 1.14% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

72%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
74%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

72% of undergraduate students at Western Oregon University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 8.86% with respect to 2021, when 79% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.56%
2019 Default Rate
37
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Western Oregon University was 2.56%, which represents 37 out of the 1448 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Western Oregon University received 3,262 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 16.6% annual growth. Out of those 3,262 applicants, 2,719 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.4% acceptance rate.

There were 3,751 students enrolled at Western Oregon University in 2022. 5% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Oregon University has an overall enrollment yield of 20.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
2,719
Accepted Out of 3,262

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Oregon University was 83.4% (2,719 admissions from 3,262 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 91.6%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 16.6%, while admissions grew by 6.13%..

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SAT Scores

5%
Submission Percentage (2022)
27
Scores Submitted (2022)

5% of enrolled first-time students at Western Oregon University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Oregon University had a total enrollment of 3,751 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Western Oregon University is 3,109 students and the part-time enrollment is 642. This means that 82.9% of students enrolled at Western Oregon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Oregon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 60.1% White, 22.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.47% Two or More Races, 2.83% Black or African American, 2.61% Asian, 1.36% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 1.01% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Western Oregon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40%), followed by White Male (18.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (15.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (49%), followed by White Male (24.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.76%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Oregon University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,751 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Oregon University is 3,109 and the part-time enrollment is 642. This means that 82.9% of students enrolled at Western Oregon University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Western Oregon University was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Western Oregon University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,253 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    842 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    205 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Western Oregon University is 60.1% White, 22.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.47% Two or More Races, 2.83% Black or African American, 2.61% Asian, 1.36% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 1.01% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 115 students (3.07%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 502 more women than men received degrees from Western Oregon University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Western Oregon University is white (843 degrees awarded). There were 3.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (222 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Oregon University is General Education (183 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (131 degrees) and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (101 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Oregon University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (72 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (121 degrees), and Education (336 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,698,218 people), Secondary school teachers (497,124 people), Education administrators (311,161 people), Other managers (247,970 people), and Special education teachers (211,321 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University in 2022 are Language & Linguistics (72 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (121 degrees), Education (336 degrees), Protective Services (100 degrees), and Psychology (131 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Surgeons, Physicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Financial examiners

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Language & Linguistics (72 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (121 degrees), Education (336 degrees), Protective Services (100 degrees), and Psychology (131 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,130,599 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (444,598 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (426,951 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (376,183 people), and Outpatient care centers (224,822 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Language & Linguistics (72 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (121 degrees), Education (336 degrees), Protective Services (100 degrees), and Psychology (131 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Western Oregon University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 183 degrees awarded
  2. 131 degrees awarded
  3. 101 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Oregon University was General Education with 183 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

398
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
900
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 398 degrees were awarded to men at Western Oregon University, which is 0.442 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (900).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 50 degrees were awarded to men at Western Oregon University in General Business, which is 1.02 times more than the 49 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 148 degrees were awarded to men at Western Oregon University in General Education, which is 4.11 times more than the 36 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

25%
100% Completion Time
45%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 25% of students graduating from Western Oregon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 45% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 48% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Western Oregon University is Female and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.23% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    843 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    222 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    47 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Oregon University is white (843 degrees awarded). There were 3.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (222 degrees).

2% of degree recipients (26 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    583 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    260 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    162 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Western Oregon University is white female (583 degrees awarded). There were 2.24 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (260 degrees).

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Operations

Western Oregon University employs 76 Professors, 57 Assistant professors and 47 Instructors. Most academics at Western Oregon University are Female Professor (40), Male Professor (36), and Female Assistant professor (33).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Oregon University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 137 employees, Service, with 64 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 46 employees.

Salary Expenditure

$46M
2022 Salaries
6.7%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Western Oregon University paid a median of $46M in salaries, a 6.7% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.7M
Instructional Salaries
222
Number of Employees

In 2022, Western Oregon University paid a total of $14.7M to 222 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
76 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
137 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Oregon University were Professor with 76 employees, Assistant professor with 57 employees, and Instructor with 47 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Oregon University were Business and Financial Operations with 137 employees, Service with 64 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 46 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Oregon University was Female Professor with 40 employees, Male Professor with 36 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 33 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Western Oregon University.

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