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Think ahead
The transition to college is often described as "venturing out on your own." At Willamette University, nothing could be further from the truth.

We embrace learning as a collective endeavor where shared experiences and diverse perspectives enhance all minds. Together we'll push forward faster, creating knowledge and making discoveries that could never be made in a solitary pursuit.

Along the way, we'll encourage you and your classmates to step outside the norm with new ideas, groundbreaking research and unconventional artistic works. You'll become an agile 21st-century thinker ready to excel in a complex and ever-changing world.

Be imaginative
At Willamette, you'll explore multiple disciplines encompassing the social and natural sciences, humanities, and the arts. You'll learn how to bridge ideas and practices across this wide range of perspectives, approaching problems in innovative ways and finding imaginative solutions.

You'll also learn from some of the top educators in the country: Our professors have won numerous national awards for teaching excellence. Whatever you study, you'll work alongside caring mentors who take a keen interest in your life and talk to you long after office hours have ended for the day. When you apply for a job or graduate school, they'll write you a recommendation that makes you stand out.

Learn from everyone around you
Small classes are just the starting point of your academic experience at Willamette. Our academic hearths are spaces where you can study, talk and enjoy meals with your professors and peers. The Learning Commons will give you 24/7 access to white/glass boards, projection systems and big screens. And our Student Success Hub will connect you with the resources you need.

In this intimate learning community, you'll engage, you'll discuss, you'll debate, you'll connect — and you'll thrive.

Get the full college experience
Willamette is intellectually challenging, but it's also a lot of fun. With more than 100 student organizations, 19 NCAA Division III teams and dozens of intramural sports to choose from, you'll find all kinds of ways to tap your talents and make the most of your time.

You can get involved in Greek life, DJ for KWU Radio, celebrate your heritage in one of our multicultural clubs or bring big-time acts to campus for the Willamette Events Board. And when it's time for a break, you'll always find good food and great conversation at The Bistro, our student-run coffeehouse.

Plug into the power of proximity
Salem is a hub of politics, business, healthcare and research. You can intern for policymakers across the street at the state Capitol, conduct studies at the Oregon State Archives, shadow doctors at Salem Hospital or work side-by-side with state economists.

You'll also be less than an hour from Portland, where you can work for organizations like Nike, Intel and Oregon Health & Science University. Whatever you study, you'll find countless ways to turn your knowledge into action. And by the time you graduate, you'll be prepared for the nation's leading organizations and graduate schools.

Willamette has inspired students to lead lives of significance for more than 175 years, but our future is what drives us to be the best we can be. As a collaborative community with a bold vision, we're always imagining, always evolving and always thinking ahead.

Our beautiful, historic campus — located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and co-located with Tokyo International University of America — features a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and two professional graduate schools: the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

Three core commitments inspire our work and keep us moving forward:

  • Pursuing academic excellence in teaching, research and student learning
  • Fostering a diverse, vibrant and intellectually stimulating learning and social community
  • Preparing global-minded students for meaningful lives of professional achievement and civic contribution

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Overview

Applicants
4,206
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.82

GPA Breakdown

62%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Action — November 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
263
with Terminal Degree
214

139
Men
124
Women
43
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
66%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Chinese Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Voice and Opera.


Students Say

Traditional academics are strong at Willamette, but perhaps what stands out most is that “learning opportunities outside of the classroom are endless.” Located right across the street from the Oregon state capitol, there are countless “leadership opportunities and student research opportunities.” Professors here are “very willing to help students find internships, jobs and research opportunities.” In the classroom, those same professors are “incredible resources” who “are all very dedicated to their classes rather than research or outside obligations,” and who provide classes that “are interesting and varied.” You will be challenged, but only with the goal of helping you succeed. As one student notes, “I have felt intellectually pushed outside my comfort zone while still being incredibly supported in all of my academic classes.” Another noticed that “my professors are not looking to fail me or weed me out of classes; they just believe in me, and want me to excel.” These educators “make their material relevant” and tend to be “passionate about their subject.” Classes are “often discussion-based, not lecture-based, so students are not just regurgitating information they hear from a professor, but working with the material and exploring their own thoughts and ideas.” Overall, the environment here “encourages growth and development, both inside and outside the classroom,” which one student says is “unique to a small Liberal Arts school.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty

Jerry Gray
Dr., Economics

Bill Duvall
Dr., History

Hekun Wu
Dr., Music

Julie Abendroth-Smith
Dr., Exercise Science

Olympia Vernon
Hallie Ford Writer-in-Residence, English

Prominent Alumni


Mark O. Hatfield
U.S. Senator for 30 years

Nancy Berg Dyke
Director, International Peace Program, Aspen

Neil Hutchinson
Director of NASA Space Station Program

Jim Albaugh
CEO, Boeing Space and Communications Division

Rod Wendt
President & CEO, Jeld-Wen Inc.

Paul De Muniz
Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
66%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$102,600

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$52,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$107,200

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
14%


Students Say

Willamette students are surrounded by professional opportunity. Though hometown Salem might not be a bustling metropolis, undergrads insist that plenty of job possibilities exist, especially given that “the capitol [building is] across the street to one side, and the [Salem] hospital to the other.” Moreover, students don't have to go the search alone. Indeed, “professors are very willing to help students find internships, jobs and research opportunities.” And undergrads can surely turn to Career Services as well. The office provides everything from job postings to résumé advice. Additionally, students who are unsure of the professional path they want to pursue can receive career counseling and testing. And all undergrads may use the office to connect with successful alumni. Lastly, PayScale.com reports that the average starting salary for Willamette alums is $47,700.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,791

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,136

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,395

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,740

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,535

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$51,750
Required Fees
$324
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,012

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,940
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,808
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

6.96%
Asian
1.97%
African-American
14.42%
Hispanic
63.09%
Caucasian
3.33%
Unknown

58% female
42% male
74% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

Given the nature of life on campus, it should come as no surprise that “a typical Willamette student is excited to learn, to explore, and be an active participant within the community.” Students here are “interested in helping others through academic tutoring and community service,” a group who tend to be “accepting, politically involved, and civic minded.” Individuals vary—“students embrace the idea of being unique and proud of it”—but almost all are “academically driven, balanced with social endeavors, and eager to mix in with other students.” Most are “from the West Coast,” “friendly and open,” and, of course, very busy. “Almost all students are involved in multiple things.” This common need to be doing things ensures students “share a friendliness that's evident the moment you step onto campus.” As one student notes, to get the most out of Willamette, “you have to be willing to challenge yourselves and others, and be accepting of the community you are a part of.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other

Students Say

“Lots of intellectual discussions,” a thriving Greek life, pursuing “social justice” and “social causes,” and just plain being busy are the core of life at Willamette. On this campus, “there is a lot of emphasis on how to make an impact on the community and the school as a whole.” Indeed, “students are involved in a variety of organizations on campus and off that concern these types of issues,” which is not difficult given the school’s close proximity to Oregon’s seat of government. Students here “often think about politics, civic duties, and volunteering,” filling their time with “philanthropic events, house parties, or outdoor trips.” This isn’t limited to a minority of students, either. “Very few students only attend class; most have three or more activities they are involved in.” Less intellectual pursuits are within range, though may be something of a drive. Portland and all its quirky culture is a close forty minutes away, while the Oregon coast and Mount Hood are about two hours away. But students don’t need to venture far. “There is so much to see and do in the Willamette Valley that students have opportunities to do pretty much anything.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Sue Minder

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
107
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
5

26% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bearcats)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bearcats)
11 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Oregon State University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Portland

Sustainability

Willamette shares a robust vision of sustainability through its “Four E’s” approach: “Education,” teaching ecological literacy; “Environment,” creating a smaller ecologic footprint; “Equity,” social justice; and “Economics,” sustainable campus operations. The university recently formed its Sustainability Institute and hired a full-time director to administer a host of academic, co-curricular and operational initiatives. This includes management of Willamette’s 305-acre Zena Forest property. At Zena, students take advantage of diverse experiences and research opportunities — from sustainable forestry to art, writing, astrophysics and more. One student built a wind turbine. Others worked with a professor to write a book about the history of Zena Forest. Another used Zena’s observatory to study a pulsating star. Students are working now on interpretive maps for visitors. Students can borrow outdoor gear, check out a bike from the on-campus bike shop, join a range of clubs involved in environmental and social justice issues, and apply for funding to support their own projects or research interests. A Flex Car program encourages students to use alternate modes of transportation, and the plentiful, student-led Campus Recreation trips use school vans. With so much happening on and near campus, many students forego personal vehicles altogether while attending. Willamette is dedicated to decreasing its carbon footprint. The newest campus building is LEED-certified, and the university is accredited by Oregon Tilthe for its sustainable landscaping practices. Recent eco-friendly installations include a range of energy efficient lighting and utility upgrades, photo-voltaic panels, solar hot water heating, rainwater reclamation for flushing toilets, low-flow plumbing fixtures, water bottle filling stations and the use of wind power offsets.

76/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kaitlyn Rice
Associate Director of Admission, Visit C

Address
Office of Admission
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

Phone
5033706159

Email
krice@willamette.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Montag Student Center
Sparks Sports and Recreation Center
Willamette Bistro
Mill Stream on campus

Most Popular Places Off Campus
State Capitol - across from campus
Riverfront Park
Silver Falls State Park
downtown Salem (shops, theatres, etc.)
Bush's Pasture Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
5033706159

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
daily

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
mshchegl@willamette.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Academic year only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Portland International Airport is 60 miles from campus. HUT Limousine Service offers regular transportation from the Portland airport to Salem. Amtrak offers daily north/south train service to Salem; the station is across the street from the southeast corner of the campus. Greyhound buses serve Salem from throughout the U.S.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5 (N. or S.), take the Hwy. 22/Mission St. exit and travel approximately 2 miles west to the City Center/Willamette University exit. The off-ramp takes you to the southeast corner of campus. Keep to the left and proceed through the traffic signal on Pringle Parkway which borders the south side of campus. Turn right at Winter St. and immediately right into the Guest and Visitor parking lot.

Local Accommodations
Salem has a variety of accommodations all within easy proximity to campus. Rates range from moderate to inexpensive for university visitors depending on time of year and number of guests. The Grand Hotel (201 North Liberty Street SE; 503-540-7800)is located downtown (a short walk to campus) and includes a buffet breakfast, health club and pool. The Best Western-Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. S.E.; 503-585-3332) is 5 miles from campus and easly accessed from Interstate 5. Price includes a free breakfast at Denny's, health club privileges, pool and sauna. Additional hotels include the Phoenix Inn (4310 Commercial St. SE; 503-588-9220), Salem Inn (1775 Freeway Ct. N.E.; 503-588-0515), and Comfort Suites (630 Hawthorne Ave. S.E.; 503-585-9705). Salem also boasts a number of unique and charming bed and breakfast establishments. For additional information on those, please contact the Office of Admission (503-370-6303).


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