Willamette University

Willamette University’s campus across the street from the Oregon State Capitol complex.

“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 offers in-person tours to prospective students. See our website for visit options and the latest COVID-19 requirements. Can’t make it to Oregon? Experience our campus on our virtual campus tour.

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
844-BEARCAT (844-232-7228)
⋅ 1,585 undergraduate students
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 17
⋅ Students come from 41 states and 13 countries.
⋅ Tuition and Fees: $45,376
⋅ Comprehensive charges (tuition, room, board, books, fees): $59,216
Willamette Announces Tuition Transparency

Willamette students studying on the banks of the Mill Stream.

Students participating in an Outdoor Program hike.

Two students hanging out in their residence hall.

Four students working on a group project.

Students heading to their internship at the Oregon State Capitol.

  • Willamette is a premier, residential, private university founded in 1842 — the first university established in the western U.S.
  • Willamette’s Salem Campus is home to our College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate and early career business program, undergraduate computing and data science program, and our College of Law. Our campuses in Portland house the Pacific Northwest College of Art undergraduate and graduate programs, and our MBA for Professionals program.
  • By encouraging innovation and collaboration across academic disciplines, Willamette produces graduates who excel as 21st-century thinkers in a rapidly changing world.
  • Willamette’s motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” is a guiding principle. Students continually turn their passion into action at the capitol and around the globe.

Worth Noting
  • Willamette sits between the Salem Hospital and the Oregon State Capitol and is a short walk from more than 150 executive, legislative, and judicial agencies and offices — in effect an extra set of classrooms that provide innumerable opportunities and internships for enriched student learning.
  • Willamette’s 305-acre forest at Zena is an outdoor laboratory where professors and students from multiple disciplines tie the local landscape to academic exploration.
  • Willamette shares its campus with Tokyo International University of America, which integrates students 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 13 years, Willamette students and young alumni earned numerous national awards, including 25 Fulbrights, 13 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, 13 Gilman International Scholarships, four Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships, and two Udall Scholarships.
  • Willamette’s notable alumni include our first graduate, Emily York 1859; 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; Lisa Murkowski JD ’85, U.S. senator for Alaska; Jay Inslee JD ’76, Washington governor; Liz Heaston ‘99, the first female to score in a college football game; and Jim Cuno ’73, past president and CEO of The J. Paul Getty Trust.

Faculty & Academics
  • Numerous Willamette professors have won national teaching awards in the past several years, and 11 faculty members have been named Oregon Professor of the Year  — a record unmatched by any other school.
  • 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.
  • As part of Willamette’s dual degree programs, students can combine a bachelor’s degree with an MBA, an MS in data science, or a law degree from one of the university’s top-ranked graduate schools and save a year of time and tuition.

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

Areas of Study
(M – major; m – minor; s – special program)

American Ethnic Studies (m)
Archaeology (M, m)
Art History (M, m)
Art, Studio (M, m)
Arts, Technology and Multimedia (m)
Asian Studies (M, m)
Biochemistry (s)
Biology (M, m)
Business (M, m)
Chemistry (M, m)
Chinese Studies (M)
Cinema Studies (M, m)
Civic Communication and Media (M, m)
Classical Studies (M, m)
Computer Science (M, m)
Data Science (M, m)
Economics (M, m)
English (M, m)
Environmental Science (M, m)
Exercise & Health Science (M)
Fashion (m)
French & Francophone Studies (M, m)
German (m)
Global Cultural Studies (M, m)
Health Professions (s)
History (M, m)
Humanities (M)
Individualized Major (M)
International Studies (M)
Japanese Studies (M, m)
Latin American Studies (m)
Mathematics (M, m)
Medieval and Renaissance Studies (m)
Music (M, m)
Philosophy (M, m)
Physics (M, m)
Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics (M)
Pre Law (s)
Psychology (M, m)
Public Health (M, m)
Religious Studies (M, m)
Russian (m)
Sociology (M, m)
Spanish (M, m)
Sustainability (m)
Theatre (M, m)
Women’s and Gender Studies (M, m)

Dual Degree Programs
Business Management (3+2 BA / MBA)
Data Science (3+1 BS/MS)
Engineering (3+2 BA/BS from partner institution)
Forestry (3+2 BA/BS from partner institution)
Law (3+3 BA /JD)

Campus Life
  • Willamette has more than 80 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 more than 100 organized Outdoor Program trips.
  • Willamette features more than 20 music ensembles and performing arts clubs, and the university produces several main stage plays, one dance concert and various student projects each season.
  • Willamette undergraduates take community service seriously, dedicating more than 70,000 hours a year to volunteering.

Varsity Sports

20 varsity teams in the NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Football (Men)
LaCrosse (Women)
Softball (Women)
Track and Field
Triathlon (Women)
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.
  • Willamette provides a wide array of career-related programs to help students, including career preparation, individual career counseling, an alumni career network, and workshops on job applications and interviews.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
Fall 2021:

  • Middle 50% GPA: 3.7-4.2
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1145-1340
  • Middle 50% ACT: 24-30
  • Applied Test Optional: 58.6%
  • First generation: 21%
  • International students: 1%
  • Students of Color: 28.8%
    – Asian/Pacific Islander: 8%
    – Black or African American: 3%
    – Latinx/Hispanic: 16%