Monmouth, OR
Western Oregon University


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Kimberly
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell students to really research the schools that they apply to. Taking tours and reading about the school before go...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell students to really research the schools that they apply to. Taking tours and reading about the school before going to it really makes a difference. I would encourage parents to help their children by giving them the opportunity to go to the school before they apply, take a tour and talk to an admissions counselor. They should make sure that the major that they want to pursue is one that the school has a good department for. School can get very boring if you have to take the same types of classes from the same professors every term.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone majoring in education. This school is known for being great for education majors. There aren't many other majors that are big on this campus so it is kind of lacking in other departments. People who are looking for small town life seem to fit in well at this school.

Stephanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the schools you wish to attend! You will not get the full experience unless you visit the campus, meet with a couple of...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the schools you wish to attend! You will not get the full experience unless you visit the campus, meet with a couple of professors, and talk to a few current students.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Western is the potential relationships that students can develop with the professors. The professors truly care about their students both academically and in their life outside school.

Hannah
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Kevin Boss. A beautiful campus.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Kevin Boss. A beautiful campus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Do not be afraid to get involved. Do not be afraid to meet new people. Do not be afraid to take challenging classes. Do not be afraid of cafeteria food (you will need to remember this one or you will starve). Do not be afraid to grow. Do not be afraid to try something new. Do not be afraid to apply at top schools. Fear just holds you back from doing and accomplishing great things. Moving far away and being on your own for the first time is scary. And that is natural, but don't let it hold you back.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There are a handful of really great professors that go the extra mile and genuinely care about you and your success. Then there are a number of professors who are very flakey and inappropriate. There have been several times that my roomates and I have talked to our teachers or tried to get help with something and they have blown us off or not made time. Some of the support staff is the same way, self-focused and not very helpful. I also didn't find many of my classes to be challenging.

Erin
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Small campus, student oriented, green, not very loud.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Small campus, student oriented, green, not very loud.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

TOUR THE CAMPUS, make sure the school offers what you are looking for.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is very school oriented, who commits a lot of time to studying or doing extra activities, also someone who enjoys a small campus that feels very home-like.

Jennifer
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's all about what college fits your personality and feels like home. Students spend a lot of time at school so they need t...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's all about what college fits your personality and feels like home. Students spend a lot of time at school so they need to pick an environment that is comfortable and is undoubtedly a good fit. They also need to condisder their vision for their life and if the school can help them successfully achieve that vision. To make the most of college you need to have the right balance of fun and focus. It's important to make those life long friends along the way. It's important not to miss out on the memories. Yet it's even more important to remember your goals and why you are here. Just remember not to choose a college for the big name or because your parents want you to go there or because its the only place that gave you a scholarship. Choose a college because it suits YOU and YOUR dreams!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

small class size, very beautiful, small easy to access campus, getting to know your professors, the small size makes it easier to get to know more people, small town but only a short drive from two cities, great community

Gina
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't make your college decision based upon brochures or viewbooks that are sent to you. Take time to visit each school, sit ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't make your college decision based upon brochures or viewbooks that are sent to you. Take time to visit each school, sit in on classes and talk to students and professors. By physically visiting a school you get a much better feel on what life on that particular campus may be like. And if for some reason you cannot go to your first choice school, it's okay. College is what you make it. Get involved, make friends, get to know your professors and you can still have a challenging and rewarding college experience.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I wish that people would stay on campus for the weekend. There's a lot of fun stuff to do in Monmouth! And I wish more food places were open later, thank goodness for 24 hour Muchas Gracias!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I wish more classes were offered at more times. And I wish WOU was not a dry campus.

Mike
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

has a very good education program.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

has a very good education program.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the schools and check out the campus. Check out some different classrooms, and all the dorms, as well as the city around campus. Try to do an overnight stay and see how the dining hall is, and just walk around and explore the campus a bit, as well as talk to an advisor about all the programs, especially those youre interested. Try to meet a professor in your intended major and find out about the program and what you can get out of it.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

the food in the dining hall is probably the worst thing, although it really isnt that bad. its a good school.

Kelly
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Western Oregon University is a small school that focuses on the individual needs of its students.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Western Oregon University is a small school that focuses on the individual needs of its students.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The classes are small and the professors get to know their students and have an interest in their acedemic success. The school is in a much smaller town than most universities. The library is great. It has a well known education program for elementary teachers.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise students to get a feel for the town where the potential college is located and see if it is somewhere they would enjoy calling home for the next four years. I would also recommend that they take a tour of the college and get a feel for its class sizes and variety of clubs and extracurricular activities offered. It is important to find a school where you feel comfortable and are able to take part in activities that you enjoy. Finally I would recommend sitting in on a class and getting a feel for the professors and their styles of teaching. You can make the most of your college experience by applying yourself academically, but still leaving time to enjoy yourself and meet new people. This will ensure that you have the degree and the memories to last a lifetime.

Vicktoria
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Well, WOU was once just an education school, so the education department is very famous. It is also one of the only two schoo...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Well, WOU was once just an education school, so the education department is very famous. It is also one of the only two schools in the state (The other being SOU) that offers a BFA (Bachellor of Fine Arts) for theater related careers. The school is listed as a Liberal Arts and Science college, and it lives up to that. Many of my friends, along with myself, are going into one of these two (I'm going into both). Because of such a wide variety of majors, great teachers, and small classes the school apeals to many students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advise is simple. Be yourself. Explore who you are and what you want, and apply the same exploration to the schools you consider. Even if you are sure of what you want to do, don't be closed minded. Keep your eyes and heart open to other options, find out if you love something else. Looks at arts and cultures with an open mind and try to learn new things. Meet new people. Let your world expand. The more you learn and experiance the more you grow, both as a person and as an adult. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do things. Prove that you are your own person and be happy with yourself. And most importantly, don't try to be anything more than who you are. Do not try to change, if you live your life you will change and grow on your own. I have a saying. "Trust the universe and it will bring you the road you should take." Try not to worry about where you are going. Just live, and the universe will take care of the rest. You'll be suprised where it takes you.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My teachers. They're amazing. They're friendly and make it easy to get to know them, talk to them, and are fantastic about working with you to help you succeed no matter what troubles you're having. Of course not everyone in perfect, but the ratio here is mostly incredible people. I also love the enviroment around campus. It's in a small town and is beautiful. There are trees and squirells everywhere, it rains (Which I love), and just feels homey and comfortable at all times.

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