Western Oregon University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,280
4.55% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$14,400
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
5.19%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
79.1%
3,566 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
4,554
81.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
45.1%
376 Graduates

About

Western Oregon University is a higher education institution located in Polk County, OR. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western Oregon University were Other Multidisciplinary Studies (154 degrees awarded), General Business (150 degrees), and General Psychology (126 degrees).

In 2020, 1,715 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Oregon University. 63.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,183 degrees), 5.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (219 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Oregon University is $8,280, which is $−14,250 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Western Oregon University is $8,280, which is $−14,250 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,400.

In 2020, 71% of undergraduate students attending Western Oregon University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 76% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$8,280
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Western Oregon University was $8,280. The cost of tuition at Western Oregon University is $−14,250 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$14,400
2020 Value
9.41%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Western Oregon University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,400. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Western Oregon University grew by 9.41%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,325
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Oregon University was of $10,325 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.621% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 7.62% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

71%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
76%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

71% of undergraduate students at Western Oregon University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 14.5% with respect to 2019, when 62% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
5.19%
2018 Default Rate
73
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Western Oregon University was 5.19%, which represents 73 out of the 1406 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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predictive-analysisAdmissions

Western Oregon University received 3,566 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 16.2% annual growth. Out of those 3,566 applicants, 2,822 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 79.1% acceptance rate.

There were 4,554 students enrolled at Western Oregon University in 2020, and 24% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Oregon University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

79.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,822
Accepted Out of 3,566

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Oregon University was 79.1% (2,822 admissions from 3,566 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 84.6%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 16.2%, while admissions grew by 8.71%.

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SAT Scores

24%
Submission Percentage
172
Scores Submitted

24% of enrolled first-time students at Western Oregon University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Western Oregon University has a total enrollment of 4,554 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Oregon University is 3,703 students and the part-time enrollment is 851. This means that 81.3% of students enrolled at Western Oregon University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Oregon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.4% White, 19.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.46% Two or More Races, 3.25% Black or African American, 3.1% Asian, 1.67% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 1.05% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Western Oregon University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (38.8%), followed by White Male (19.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (48.2%), followed by White Male (28.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.38%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Oregon University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,554 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Oregon University is 3,703 and the part-time enrollment is 851. This means that 81.3% of students enrolled at Western Oregon University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
2020 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 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Western Oregon University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,794
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    894
  3. Two or More Races
    203

The enrolled student population at Western Oregon University is 61.4% White, 19.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.46% Two or More Races, 3.25% Black or African American, 3.1% Asian, 1.67% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 1.05% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% 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, 120 students (2.64%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 451 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 (1,183 degrees awarded). There were 5.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (219 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Oregon University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (154 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (150 degrees) and General Psychology (126 degrees).

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 Education (587 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (56 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (175 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 (1,765,325 people), Secondary school teachers (403,779 people), Education administrators (264,040 people), Other managers (163,582 people), and Special education teachers (159,895 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Education (587 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (56 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (175 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (60 degrees), and Protective Services (98 degrees).

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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, Sales engineers, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Education (587 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (56 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (175 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (60 degrees), and Protective Services (98 degrees).

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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 (2,846,156 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (360,925 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (309,193 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (255,299 people), and Construction (99,304 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Oregon University are Education (587 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (56 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (175 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (60 degrees), and Protective Services (98 degrees).

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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
  1. 154 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 150 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 126 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Oregon University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 154 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

632
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,083
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 632 degrees were awarded to men at Western Oregon University, which is 0.584 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,083).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 102 degrees were awarded to men at Western Oregon University in General Business, which is 2.13 times more than the 48 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 172 degrees were awarded to women at Western Oregon University in Teacher Education, which is 2.1 times more than the 82 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

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100% Completion Time
40%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 20% of students graduating from Western Oregon University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 40% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 42% 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.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (64.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Oregon University is Male and Asian (64.7% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 6.38% of graduates (24 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,183 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    219 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    60 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Oregon University is white (1,183 degrees awarded). There were 5.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (219 degrees).

2.74% of degree recipients (47 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    743 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    440 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    139 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Western Oregon University is white female (743 degrees awarded). There were 1.69 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (440 degrees).

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Western Oregon University has an endowment valued at nearly $19.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.83M (9.35%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Western Oregon University had a total salary expenditure of $116M. Western Oregon University employs 89 Assistant professors, 86 Professors, and 67 Instructors. Most academics at Western Oregon University are Female Assistant professors (53), Male Professors(44), and Female Professors (42).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Oregon University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 125 employees, Service, with 66 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 61 employees.

Endowment

$19.6M
2020 Endowment
11%
growth from 2019

Western Oregon University has an endowment valued at about $19.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Oregon University grew 11% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $20M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $6.19M - Federal
  2. $813k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Western Oregon University received $6.19M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $813k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$49.7M
2020 Salaries
6.73%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Western Oregon University paid a median of $49.7M in salaries, which represents 42.7% of their overall expenditure ($116M) and a 6.73% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.9% growth from 2018 and a 1.12% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18.1M
Instructional Salaries
288
Number of Employees

In 2020, Western Oregon University paid a total of $18.1M to 288 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
89 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
125 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Oregon University were Assistant professor with 89 employees; Professor with 86 employees; and Professor with 67 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Oregon University were Business and Financial Operations with 125 employees; Service with 66 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 61 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Oregon University was Female Assistant professor with 53 employees, Male Professor with 44 employees, and Female Professor with 42 employees.

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

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