WEBVTT 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:04.000 Hi I'm Chelsea, a chemistry major here at Western Oregon University. 00:00:04.000 --> 00:00:12.000 Today we're going to give you a look at student life here at WOU as well as information on admission requirements, scholarships, and timelines for enrolling. 00:00:12.000 --> 00:00:18.000 Western Oregon University is actually the West's first public university founded in 1856. 00:00:18.000 --> 00:00:28.000 Today WOU is Oregon's premiere mid-sized university with approximately 6,000 students, an average class size of 18 and more than 50 academic fields. 00:00:28.000 --> 00:00:32.000 WOU is large enough to be good but small enough to be great. 00:00:32.000 --> 00:00:38.000 Western is just 20 minutes from the state capital in Salem and about an hour from the popular metropolitan city of Portland. 00:00:38.000 --> 00:00:43.000 We're also a short drive from the beautiful Oregon coast, the Cascade mountains and other recreation. 00:00:43.000 --> 00:00:47.000 Nearby you'll find the scenic Willamette River, local vineyards and lavender fields. 00:00:47.000 --> 00:00:49.000 music 00:00:49.000 --> 00:00:58.000 Historically, we're known as a teacher's college. Today Western offers a comprehensive array of innovative majors, minors and pre-professional programs. 00:00:58.000 --> 00:00:63.000 The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to everything from Anthropology to Theater Arts 00:01:03.000 --> 00:01:10.000 including popular majors such as Business, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Biology and Pre-Nursing. 00:01:10.000 --> 00:01:17.000 The College of Education is home to our undergraduate and graduate programs in Teacher Education in American Sign Language. 00:01:17.000 --> 00:01:21.000 The college also offers degrees in Community Health Education and Exercise Science. 00:01:21.000 --> 00:01:25.000 If you're undecided, simply go to our main webpage at wou.edu. 00:01:25.000 --> 00:01:32.000 There you'll find detailed information on a wide variety of programs ranging from creative arts to communities and natural sciences. 00:01:32.000 --> 00:01:42.000 Our newest building, the Richard Woodcock Education Center, or RWEC, is the perfect combination of technology and classroom space with learning labs and a production studio. 00:01:42.000 --> 00:01:44.000 Hi I'm Hannah and I'm a Music major at Western. 00:01:44.000 --> 00:01:49.000 RWEC houses our 3 academic divisions of our College of Education. 00:01:49.000 --> 00:01:53.000 These include American Sign Language, Community Health and our Teacher Education. 00:01:53.000 --> 00:01:57.000 The faculty at WOU is focused on teaching and advising undergraduate students. 00:01:57.000 --> 00:01:64.000 In fact, Western has received 20 national academic advising awards, more than all other Oregon colleges combined. 00:02:04.000 --> 00:02:05.000 music 00:02:05.000 --> 00:02:09.000 Meeting new friends and trying new things? That's what college is all about. 00:02:09.000 --> 00:02:12.000 Here at Western we have more than 50 student clubs to choose from. 00:02:12.000 --> 00:02:17.000 You can get involved in dancing, community service, or student government. 00:02:17.000 --> 00:02:21.000 Join an academic group such as the Psychology club, Criminal Justice, or History. 00:02:21.000 --> 00:02:29.000 There's a Campus Crusade, Circle K international, and cultural groups such as Multicultural Student Union and the Black Student Union. 00:02:29.000 --> 00:02:33.000 One of the amazing things about Western's campus is all the great ways to get involved. 00:02:33.000 --> 00:02:38.000 I've worked for Housing with the Residence Hall Association, gotten to be a part of the Honors Program, 00:02:38.000 --> 00:02:44.000 Student Conduct Committee, part of Plus Team which is our Peer Leaders Understanding Students and our orientation team. 00:02:44.000 --> 00:02:47.000 It's a great place to be to just really find what suits you. 00:02:47.000 --> 00:02:52.000 Did you know that WOU is Oregon's only NCAA Division 2 public university? 00:02:52.000 --> 00:02:56.000 In fact, Western offers 5 men's and 7 women's varsity sports. 00:02:56.000 --> 00:02:62.000 WOU students can attend all games free of charge including tournaments such as the men's basketball regional championship. 00:03:02.000 --> 00:03:06.000 Let's not forget intramural sports and other campus recreation. 00:03:06.000 --> 00:03:15.000 With an outdoor intramural field, and the 80,000 square foot Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center, you can exercise and stay in shape year round. you can exercise and stay in shape year round. 00:03:15.000 --> 00:03:20.000 Ackerman Hall is one of 9 residential communities on campus and home to more than 300 students. 00:03:20.000 --> 00:03:24.000 It features energy efficient classrooms, study spaces and offices. 00:03:24.000 --> 00:03:31.000 Research shows that students who live on campus generally have higher grade point averages and graduation rate than those who live off campus. 00:03:31.000 --> 00:03:35.000 In 2012, Ackerman Hall was named one of the top 10 greenest residence halls on the planet. 00:03:35.000 --> 00:03:37.000 How cool is that? 00:03:37.000 --> 00:03:47.000 Hi I'm Javi, a business major here at WOU. If you're like me and don't know how to cook very well, don't worry about it, University of Dining has it covered for you. 00:03:47.000 --> 00:03:53.000 With deli sandwiches, a full salad bar, daily specials and grilled favorites, you won't go hungry. 00:03:53.000 --> 00:03:60.000 Students can eat in the main dining facilities, Valsetz hall or in the Werner Center at several venues. 00:04:00.000 --> 00:04:02.000 Paying for college can be a challenge. 00:04:02.000 --> 00:04:07.000 That's why WOU has developed the Western Tuition Choice and the Western Undergraduate Exchange. 00:04:07.000 --> 00:04:13.000 New WOU undergrads can choose from 2 tuition options: the guaranteed Western Tuition Promise or the original plan. 00:04:13.000 --> 00:04:18.000 The Western Tuition Promise guarantees undergrad students will pay the same tuition rate for 4 years, 00:04:18.000 --> 00:04:22.000 while the traditional plan has a lower starting rate that increases annually. 00:04:22.000 --> 00:04:27.000 With WUE, the Western Undergraduate Exchange program, residents of 14 states, 00:04:27.000 --> 00:04:33.000 including Alaska, California and Hawaii can quality to receive a reduction in non-resident tuition. 00:04:33.000 --> 00:04:35.000 Here's what you need to know to apply at WOU. 00:04:35.000 --> 00:04:41.000 Music 00:04:41.000 --> 00:04:49.000 Think about it. If you have the dream, the drive, and the desire, WOU is the place to be. A place where every student matters. 00:04:49.000 --> 00:04:55.000 music