Willamette University

A view of the stream that runs through the Willamette University campus

“Willamette University is far away from the East Coast prestige machine in both geography and philosophy. It’s a place where you will grow, if you take advantage of the university’s abundant offerings and active community.
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Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
844-BEARCAT (844-232-7228)
⋅ 2,375 undergraduate students
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 17
⋅ Students come from 44 states and 15 countries.
⋅ Tuition and Fees: $45,300
⋅ Comprehensive charges (tuition, room, board, books, fees): $60,037
⋅ Average financial aid package: $34,279

Willamette University students look out onto the sea

A Willamette University student and professor meet together

Willamette University students sit together on campus

Willamette University students and their professor examine specimens along the river

Willamette University men's soccer player kicks the ball

  • Willamette is a premier, coeducational, residential, private liberal arts university founded in 1842 — the first university established in the western U.S.
  • Willamette’s historic 60-acre campus, located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol, is an attractive blend of red brick buildings, huge trees, and sweeping, expansive green space.
  • The university attracts engaged, enterprising, independent thinkers who want to make their mark on the world.
  • Located in Oregon’s capital city of Salem, Willamette enjoys the environmental beauty and creative, civic-minded culture of the Pacific Northwest.

Worth Noting
  • Willamette is blessed with a campus across the street from Oregon’s State Capitol and governing offices — in effect an extra set of Willamette classrooms that provide innumerable opportunities for enriched student learning. This intimate connection between University and State is found nowhere else in the U.S.
  • Willamette’s motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” is a guiding principle, not a marketing mantra. Students continually think about ways to turn their passions into action, and the university is known nationally for its focus on service and sustainability.
  • Willamette’s 305-acre Zena Forest is an outdoor classroom where professors and students from multiple disciplines tie the local landscape to academic exploration.
  • Willamette is co-located with Tokyo International University of America, which integrates 100 students annually from Asia into the university community. Willamette students can also enroll in the Japan Studies Program at Tokyo International University in Kawagoe.
  • In the past five years, Willamette students and young alumni earned numerous national fellowships and scholarships, including 15 Fulbrights, 6 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, 6 Kemper Scholarships, 6 Gilman International Scholarships, 4 NCAA Postgrad Scholarships, 2 Goldwaters, 3 Trumans and 1 Hertz Graduate Fellowship.
  • Willamette’s notable alumni include Dale Mortensen ’61, a 2010 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences; U. S. Olympic runner Nick Symmonds ’06; Mark Hatfield ’43, former U.S. senator and Oregon governor; Adam Messinger ’94, chief technology officer for Twitter; U.S. senator for Alaska; Jim Cuno ’73, president and CEO of The J. Paul Getty Trust; and Jenny Frankel-Reed ’01, senior climate change specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Faculty & Academics
  • Eleven Willamette professors have been named Oregon Professor of the Year since 1990 — a record unmatched by any other school on the West Coast.
  • Willamette provides extensive opportunities for faculty-student collaborative research, including more than 75 competitive undergraduate research grants annually.
  • Willamette emphasizes real-world experiences outside the classroom, including numerous chances for study abroad, internships and leadership positions.
  • Willamette’s dual degree programs with its College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management allow students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less time.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Areas of Study
(M – major; m – minor; s – special program)
American Ethnic Studies (M, m)
Anthropology (M, m)
Archaeology (M, m)
Art History (M, m)
Art, Studio (M, m)
Arts, Technology and Multimedia (m)
Asian Studies (M, m)
Biochemistry (M)
Biology (M, m)
Chemistry (M, m)
Chinese Studies (M, m)
Civic Communication and Media (M, m)
Classical Studies (M, m)
Comparative Literature and History of Ideas (M)
Computer Science (M, m)
Creative Writing (s)
Economics (M, m)
3+2 and 4+2 Engineering (s)
English (M, m)
Environmental and Earth Sciences (M, m)
Exercise Science (M)
Film Studies (M, m)
3+2 Forestry (s)
French (M, m)
Geography (m)
German (M, m)
History (M, m)
Humanities (M)
International Studies (M)
Japanese (m)
Japanese Studies (M)
Latin American Studies (M, m)
Mathematics (M, m)
Mathematics  /  Economics (M)
Medieval and Renaissance Studies (m)
Music (M, m)*
Philosophy (M, m)
Physics (M, m)
Politics (M, m)
Pre Law (s)
Pre Medicine (s)
Pre Veterinary Medicine (s)
Psychology (M, m)
Religious Studies (M, m)
Russian (m)
Sociology (M, m)
Spanish (M, m)
Theatre (M, m)
Women’s and Gender Studies (M, m)

*Willamette also offers a Bachelor of Music in music composition, music education or music performance.

Dual Degree Programs
Business Management (3+2 BA / MBA)
Law (3+3 BA /JD)

Campus Life
  • Willamette has more than 100 existing student clubs and organizations, and if students still can’t find one that suits them, they are encouraged to start their own.
  • 95% of students participate in campus clubs and activities, and they join an average of three organizations.
  • Willamette students take full advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s natural playground through organized trips in the Outdoor Program.
  • The campus has 22 music ensembles and performing arts clubs, and it produces four major theatre productions annually.
  • Willamette undergraduates take community service seriously, dedicating more than 58,000 hours a year to volunteering.

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Football (Men)
LaCrosse (Women)
Softball (Women)
Track and Field
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • Willamette alumni continue to demonstrate the enterprising spirit they developed on campus, while living the university motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.” They frequently turn their ideas into new companies, start nonprofits to address pressing concerns worldwide or give to their communities through volunteerism.
  • Recent employers of Willamette grads include Boeing, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Reserve Bank, Intel, MercyCorps, Microsoft, National Public Radio, Nike and Oakley. Many alumni also join Teach for America, Americorps and the Peace Corps.
  • Many Willamette students go on to top-notch graduate schools, including Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley and Yale University.
  • Willamette provides a wide array of career-related programs to help students, including a first-year program on career preparation, individual career counseling, an alumni career network and workshops on job applications and interviews.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
Fall 2015:

  • Middle 50% GPA: 3.7-4.2
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1180-1390
  • Middle 50% ACT: 27-30
  • Multicultural: 36%