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Willamette University
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  • 4 Year
  • SALEM, OR

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About

900 STATE ST
SALEM, OR 97301
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
From Willamette University

Willamette was the first university in the West at a time when the westernmost state was Missouri. Rooted in a history of creativity and inventiveness, we’re committed to rigorous education, excellent scholarship and original thinking. By providing a learning environment where subjects converge and collide, we teach students to generate new ideas across industries, preparing them for the careers of the future.

We encourage students to put their ideas to work as researchers and interns. Whether they’re designing cancer-fighting molecules on campus or spearheading legislation across the street at the Oregon State Capitol, our students are creating knowledge and serving as catalysts for positive change.

The Willamette community contributes more than 70,000 service hours annually. We believe ideas bring us together, and that caring for each other helps us live meaningful lives. Our diversity makes us stronger, and our ambitions help us promote the common good in an interconnected world.

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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

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Range
1100-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$37,913 / 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
$28,760 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 58 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 71 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 71 responses

Majors

Business

Whether you want to launch a business, start a nonprofit or join a company that reflects your values, Willamette is uniquely positioned to help you attain your goals. We’re the only university that’s listed among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges and top business schools. You’ll learn from world-class faculty, apply your skills and excel in a world that demands innovation.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,201 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
36
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
  • Dedicated to their education
    21%
  • Passionate
    21%
  • Friendly
    19%
  • Laid back
    14%
  • Try hards with an inferiority complex.
    14%
  • Friendly and willing to help you out
    5%
  • Open to new experiences
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
93%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 77 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
  • Liberal Arts College in Oregon
    51%
  • Oldest College in the West
    24%
  • Home Away from Home
    11%
  • Lamest College in the West
    8%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Underrated
    3%

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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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