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 89%. Popular majors include Biology, Economics, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 73% of students, Willamette alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,500.
NCAA Division III (with football)
Willamette University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.75 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses
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- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.81 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.89 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
Willamette University Reviews
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.
WU has a beautiful campus, the student body is very friendly, but it’s quite obvious that this is a private education for those with wealthy families. The students are mostly white, with some international students sprinkled in. There is a law school and business school as well. The campus is literally across the street from the capitol, which is beneficial for those interested in politics. Salem is a growing city but they are still struggling with income disparity and housing costs. Only an hour from Portland or Eugene. Amazing wineries both in Salem and 15 minutes away in any direction. Two hours from the beach, which means an easy day trip.