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Welcome to Western Oregon University Graduate Programs!

We are so excited for you to join our team! This is an exciting journey that you are getting ready to begin and we would like to help you remain successful throughout your studies.

We created this guide to help you transition to graduate studies at WOU. On these pages you’ll find information about general graduate studies, academic requirements, and how to register for classes. Your academic program will also provide you with information specific to your field of study.

New Graduate Student Orientation

Review Your Admission Email

  • Be sure to review your acceptance email and attached admission letter and submit any additional documents.
    • Pay close attention to any conditions that need to be met prior to full admission.
  • Your admission email will have further directions including your Vnumber, program, and advisor.

Create Your Online WOU Portal Account & WOU Email

  • Go to wou.edu/accountlookup to create your online WOU Portal account. The Portal is where you will find a variety of important university services and information, including your student e-mail and financial aid, so be sure to remember your username and password! Note: This login information is different from the username/password created for your online admissions application.
  • If you any trouble creating your Portal account, call Graduate Studies at 503-838-8597.

Check Graduate Channel

The Graduate Channel was created for all graduate students to have access to all links that are required for them to be successful. It will appear in a dark gray box at the top of your portal during your first term of enrollment at Western Oregon University. If you do not have the channel, please contact Amber Deets right away.

The Graduate Channel includes links to the following (also found under Student Resources on the website):

Turn in Required Documents

  • Revolving Charge Account Contract: This program allows students to pay their charges, such as tuition and fees, via installments each term. Submit the completed form to the Business Office in the Lieuallen Administration building.
  • Health History Form and Immunization Information: WOU is required by law to ensure all students have submitted a health history and immunization records. Submit these items to the Student Health and Counseling Center on campus. (This form is not required for returning or online students)
  • Program Plan: Develop a program plan with your program coordinator during your first term of enrollment. All students must have one on file in order to receive financial aid and to prevent a hold that will be put in place once you have earned nine credits.

Register for Classes

  • Web Registration / Payment Instructions

    • Log in to your Portal account at wou.edu
    • Click on the WolfWeb icon  in the upper right corner in your Portal.

    Step-by-step Instructions:

    • To log in use your PawPrint login and password. Click on “login”
    • Click on “Student Menu”
    • Click on “Registration and Schedule”
    • Click on “Register for Classes”
    • Select the appropriate term from the pull-down menu. Click “Submit”
    • Either enter the CRN[s] you wish to register for in any box and click on “Submit Changes” or select “Class Search” and look up courses you wish to add
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: You have not successfully registered for a course until it appears in your grid schedule as “web registered”
    • To drop a course, select “web drop” from the pull-down menu to left of the CRN in your schedule grid and click “submit changes”
    • Click on “exit” at the top right corner when finished.

    Print Schedule:

    • From the registration screen, click “Return to Menu” at top right corner
    • Click on “student schedule by day & time”
    • If the schedule is not for the current term, enter a date you wish to print a schedule for in the “Go to” box and press “Submit”
    • Click on “print” on the WEB browser at the top of the screen

    Online Payment:

    • After fees have been assessed on your account, you can go on-line and make an electronic payment from your checking or savings account, MasterCard, or Discover. Credit card payments will be assessed a 2% convenience fee.
    • In WolfWeb, click Student Menu, Account Summary Totals/Account Payment – scroll to the bottom to make your payment.
    • Family and friends can make payment on your account by accessing Family and Friends Payments, they will need your student identification number to make the payment.
    • If you have questions related to payments call the Business Office at 503-838-8201.

Calculating Cost

The cost of your degree depends on many factors, including:

  • Where you live
  • Whether you will take classes online or on campus
  • Scholarships or student employment you receive
  • Time to complete

In addition, WOU many change tuition and fees between today and when you finish your program, changing the overall cost estimate. The total cost of attendance will depend on the number of credits taken, books and supplies needed for different courses, and personal spending habits.

Financial Aid

  • Graduate students have several options for financial support in graduate school, including scholarships, graduate assistantships, student jobs, and student loans.

  • Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 to receive an early award estimate, but no later than Feb. 1 for our early filing date. WOU’s FAFSA school code is 003209.

  • Check your WOU email account often to see if Financial Aid needs any additional information to give you a formal aid packet.
  • Watch your mailbox between mid-March and mid-April for your formal offer of financial aid.
  • Learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a financial aid recipient.

Scholarships

  • Apply today for an opportunity to receive a maximum of $5,000 scholarship for your first year of enrollment. Recipients of the scholarship must be enrolled in at least 6 credits during their term of support and meet minimum admissions requirements.

    Students must demonstrate “Academic Merit” determined by acceptance into a WOU graduate program, GPA, honors/awards, demonstrated leadership, and scholarly activities.

Housing

  • It’s easy to apply for on-campus housing online building assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s best to get your application in as soon as possible (housing applications are accepted for the following year starting Oct. 1) because the earlier you apply, the greater your priority over other incoming students. A variety of options are available for graduate students.
  • Check your WOU email account often. University Housing will communicate with you using your WOU email leading up to your move-in date and throughout the academic year.
  • Watch your inbox and WOU Portal for any updates on your building assignment or last-minute information before move-in day.
  • Be sure to submit your housing contract and emergency information authorization form by the contract deadline to secure your housing placement.

Final Evaluation Process/Academic Progress

WOU ID Card

You have a couple options to get your student ID card without physically being on campus!  You can choose to have your ID card mailed to you or saved for you to pick up once you are on campus.

Please choose from one of the following options:

1.  Email a headshot (choose a solid color background, from about chest level, up) to seoofc@mail.wou.edu.  Please include the following information in your email: Picture, full name, V number, and mailing address (unless you want the ID card held for you).

2. Use this link to schedule a 15 minute calendly appointment (google hangouts virtual meeting) with the information desk.  During that meeting they will take a picture of you, create your ID card and mail or save it for you.  Please have a solid color background near you to stand in front of for your picture.  You will need your V number to create the appointment, so please have that ready.  

Please email seoofc@mail.wou.edu with any questions you may have.  

Please note that your first ID card is free.  If that card is lost/stolen, you will need to pay $15 to receive a replacement card.