Monmouth, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$21,444 ($8,529)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 643 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everyone is pretty nice in general there just isn't that much to do around campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I still don't have a specific major and I changed from education to business so there are many to choose from.

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College Freshman

Majors: Well I'm not in any specific program so I can't say really give a review.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have many Hawaii friends just because we bonded together but I also have other friends from other states and of different ethnic background

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not too many people I know attend many of the sporting events. I thought football would have a lot more people because it's a popular sport.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I know we have them, but they are very rarely seen or create a problem.

College Freshman

Transportation: I don't use the transportation so I really am not a very good judge of it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People on campus are really supportive of our wolves teams. However it does not take away from the campus being a place of learning, which I really like. Our sports events our loud and noisy, but still remain at a mostly respectful level.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am not sure how to rate this actually. Western is a dry campus, so none is allowed. Though I know many instances where its used, but the fact of the matter is I never see anyone use drugs. I hear about it but I do not see it; and the staff are pretty strict about it. If there is a whiff of anything they will go hunt it down. I answered above that marijuana is the "popular" drug because I have smelled it a few times when walking around, but I can't honestly say that it's used a lot. I am not involved in drugs so I really can't give a good idea about how the drug scene really is on campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I haven't seen any problems with anyone on campus. Everyone seems very accepting and the campus holds all sorts of events for diversity.

College Freshman

Nightlife: To be honest I don't know. I'm not really into parties, so I don't go out to places at night.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are places around us, but the problem is that Monmouth is a college town. This makes it difficult to find a reasonable place because apartments know they can get away with things because everyone is a college student. Most people will go to the nearby towns to find apartments because of this.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are pretty strict about many things. There have been many complaints about unfair noise violations in dorms, which is in the process of being fixed. When you go to Valsetz, you cannot take a bite of any of your food until you are past the pay counters. If you do you risk being banned for a certain amount of time. I can understand that with items that's price is dependent on weight; but taking a bite of a french fry because your starving and shaky and you don't have to weigh it shouldn't be that big of a deal. But good security comes at a cost and I totally understand that.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Everything around the campus tastes great, but the problem is that it is a very small town. If you want to eat out it ends up being a constant repeat of the same places over and over again. If you want variety you have to drive almost an hour to another town and even then its not the easiest to find.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a bit overwhelming to be honest. It was big and all the buildings looked alike. I wont lie, the room and board is expensive, which can be a bit discouraging. Thankfully financial aid helps tremendously with it. The biggest issue I have had with living in the dorms is that they charge you for staying during breaks, and you don't even get to stay in your dorm. They require you to move anything you think you will need to another room and wont allow access back to your room after words. You also will have a roommate during that time, which if your like me who has a single dorm it isn't great. Other then that though, it really isn't to bad. There are always activities going on in the community rooms and everyone is super friendly.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It's great. Everyone in the program is so helpful when you need them. My advisor even helped me with problems that didn't even have anything to do with my major, but just the campus in general. The classes are great and the professors are so supportive. I'm striving to be a police K-9 Handler, and I have no doubt that I can get there through the program.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The program is great, and as previously stated, everyone is a great deal of help. There is definitely quite a work load to it, but it is manageable. My first criminal justice class required about 20 minutes of definition terms homework each week, coupled with the book to read. Though there was certainly a lot of note taking in class. The only complaint I have is that some classes are a bit of a repeat of previous ones. The only deference is one may go a bit more in depth. Though it is a bit irritating, I will admit that it is a good thing. The field of criminal justice has so many terms and methods that in some cases its actually good to learn it over and over again. I find it annoying at times when an entire chapter is almost word for word of another that you read in the previous term.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Front desk wasn't very helpful, but the rest of the staff was.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I can't give a full rating, as I don't dine off campus often. However, I and many other students are enthusiastic about the food choices available to us. There's a nice variety of restaurants available, such as Subway, two places that specialize in Chinese cuisine, and a pizza parlor. (Unfortunately, I've no information to give on student discounts. I don't know why, but I never thought to ask.)

One thing that I especially appreciate about these establishments is that they're all within walking distance of the campus - anywhere from 1 to four blocks away. The ones I'd most like to recommend are Subway and Yang's Teriyaki. I say Subway, because gluten-free bread is served there.

As for Yang's, I think it may be the most popular eating spot for students. My first term at Western Oregon University, several people told me, "You have to eat there!" And I have, several times. The food is delicious, and there's plenty of it for a very low cost. $4, the price of a "small" meal, gets me enough that I can eat a satisfying lunch and save the rest for dinner.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are counselors to talk to and lit pathways through campus. It is a bit scary walking alone at night, but the pathways help. I don't hear too much of theft expect most football players are known for stealing stupid things like games or a bike

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: School public safety are too strict about parking and little policies.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Some sports are cared for more than others and club sports and intramural sports don't get enough attention. Plenty of students do come to support events, especially if there is free stuff given out.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is just starting up at Western. The campus is a little small so its hard for people to be on board with it. But the few that we have, have requirements that not most people meet.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is unpredictable and my weather app is never right. It can be nice in the morning and pouring rain an hour later. I like it because its a change

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's always somewhere within walking distance. There isn't a whole lot of variety (3 Chinese places, 2 Mexican places, 2-3 pizza places) but they are all fairly cheap and hours are great for college students


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