Willamette is an above-average private university located in Salem, Oregon. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,860 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Willamette acceptance rate is 78%. Popular majors include Biology, Economics, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 78% of students, Willamette alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,400.
NCAA Division III (with football)
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
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Evening Degree Programs
- 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.67 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.73 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.81 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
Willamette University Reviews
What a disappointing, uninspired group of people. I went to college thinking that my peers would work on interesting side projects, would have a desire to go out and explore neighboring cities, and would be willing to attend concerts and shows in Portland. Haha, good one! Most people here are self-proclaimed "homebodies" and want nothing more than to sit around and watch Netflix all weekend and smoke pot. Don't come here if you're looking for doers - kids here are completely passive and dull.
I love Willamette! It's filled with great people and amazing professors. My math professor said I needed to be in a different math course so during his office hours he gave me tests to see what course I should take. Then he taught me everything I had missed on the first day of the class I was transferring into. this is just one example of how professors will go above and beyond to give you a good college experience. The students there are fairly open-minded and it was easy to make close friends. I've been ready to go back for the whole summer!
The university is an accepting community to all of whom it welcomes. While it has a very rigorous academic program, the school also provides a range of resource to choose from if a student is ever in need of help, both academically and otherwise. Despite being an open campus, as a cis-female individual I still feel reasonably safe. The campus is small and beautiful, with the state capital building just across the street. The student body shares a close-knit bond that is perhaps even more so than larger schools, due to the smaller undergrad population. Professors and staff are generally very open, accepting, and easy to approach without fear of judgement. It is a very expensive education, but the majority of students receive some sort of financial aid or scholarship. I'm so glad to be fortunate enough to be able to attend this school.