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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
Willamette is an above-average private university located in Salem, Oregon. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,901 undergraduate students. The Willamette acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Biology. Graduating 74% of students, Willamette alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,500.
900 State St
Salem, OR 97301
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference

Willamette University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1100-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$33,519/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$28,041/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.75 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,901Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
47
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
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  • Dedicated to their education
    19%
  • Try hards with an inferiority complex.
    19%
  • Laid back
    17%
  • Passionate
    17%
  • Friendly
    15%
  • Friendly and willing to help you out
    4%
  • Open to new experiences
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.81 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.89 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Liberal Arts College in Oregon
    41%
  • Oldest College in the West
    20%
  • Lamest College in the West
    14%
  • Mediocre
    14%
  • Home Away from Home
    9%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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I love how invested the professors are. Whatever students need, they are almost always willing to help. They get to know their students, and develop good relationships. Something I would like to see changed is the atmosphere of over commitment. Everyone feels like they need to be involved with everything possible on campus, but sometimes people spread themselves too thin. I would like to see the idea of doing the most you can while also keeping in mind you mental health, become normalized at Willamette.
I also think the food services, dinner specifically, need improvement.
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Remember that feeling of entering school on your first awkward and nervous about meeting new people? Well, at Willamette, that doesn’t fly. Instead, we have a program called Opening Days, where all first-year students arrive on campus a week early, are put into groups based on their Colloquium class, and are led by their Opening Days leaders to participate in several activities that boast bonding and making friendships. Since then, I’ve never felt alone at all here and have always had a friend or a professor to talk to when I had a concern to voice. Willamette succeeds in having small class sizes that lead to better student-professor relationships, more focus, and an emphasis on the liberal arts college experience. The campus is beautiful in its layout, and the weather is mostly cloudy or rainy, with occasional snow, which is a plus for students who come from sunny/hot cities.
The professors and classes are absolutely worth it! Every class had students who were there to learn, professors who taught their content awesomely, and a generally great atmosphere.