A-
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
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
Willamette University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
900 State St
Salem, OR 97301
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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

Acceptance Rate
78%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1100-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$32,628/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,068/ year
  • $30-48k
    $23,082/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,609/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,655/ year
  • $110k+
    $36,459/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.78 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.78 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,860Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Dedicated to their education
    24%
  • Passionate
    18%
  • Friendly
    14%
  • Try hards with an inferiority complex.
    12%
  • Laid back
    12%
  • Partiers
    10%
  • Open to new experiences
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.84 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.92 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Liberal Arts College in Oregon
    42%
  • Oldest College in the West
    17%
  • Lamest College in the West
    10%
  • Home Away from Home
    10%
  • Expensive
    10%
  • Mediocre
    4%
  • Challenging
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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My first year, they got rid of women's rowing because it was "costing too much money" but after a Title IX lawsuit threat, they brought in a new varsity women's lacrosse program. I was an athlete for two years, and after being swindled into going there by the head coach, he was abusive and manipulative. The women's softball coach has been reported with the same behavior. Both teams have less than 40% retention from recruitment to graduation due to these horrendous coaches - the Athletics Head won't do anything about it. Men's teams also receive "academic" scholarships promised at recruitment despite their academic record, and for the same scholarship, other students have to prove academic proficiency. The school itself spends massive amounts of money on celebrations for themselves while cutting extra curricular funding - including the student health center on campus - and raising tuition 4% a year. At $56k, this is unacceptable with cuts in programming and support students receive.
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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.
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.