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Tuition & Fees

$48,164

$48,164

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

43%

57%

male

female

1
10

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

78%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,825
Declined + 1,356
Total Received 6,181
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Private (nonprofit)

2,002

undergraduate students

663

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Politics
  2. Psychology
  3. Economics
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Codes

SAT 4954
ACT 3504

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
19%
600-699
43%
500-599
30%
400-499
8%
700-800
9%
600-699
43%
500-599
39%
400-499
9%
700-800
12%
600-699
39%
500-599
38%
400-499
10%
300-399
1%
30-36
43%
24-29
38%
18-23
18%
12-17
1%
30-36
18%
24-29
63%
18-23
17%
12-17
2%
30-36
31%
24-29
54%
18-23
15%
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Fun Facts

  • Founded in 1842, Willamette University started as a school designed to educate local Native American children. Today, the school's relationship with Native Americans continues to thrive, including through annual campus Powwows.
  • Willamette University (located in Salem, Oregon) is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. It was founded in 1842!
  • Breaking down barriers even back in the day, Willamette University was one of the first co-ed colleges in the country. The school's first graduate was actually a woman.

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School Facts

Willamette, founded in 1842, is a church-affiliated university. Its 72-acre campus is located in the center of Salem, 45 miles south of Portland.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 2,665
Established in 1842
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Methodist
Accredited by •  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NWCCU (Northwest Comm. on Colleges and Universities)

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Salem, OR

72-acre campus in Salem (population: 160,614), 45 miles from Portland. Served by air, bus, and train; major airport serves Portland. Public transportation serves campus.

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
65%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
96%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
4 fraternities 27% of male students
 
3 sororities 24% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
41%
Top 1/4
74%
Top 1/2
96%
Bottom 1/2
4%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
19%
600-699
43%
500-599
30%
400-499
8%
700-800
9%
600-699
43%
500-599
39%
400-499
9%
700-800
12%
600-699
39%
500-599
38%
400-499
10%
300-399
1%
30-36
43%
24-29
38%
18-23
18%
12-17
1%
30-36
18%
24-29
63%
18-23
17%
12-17
2%
30-36
31%
24-29
54%
18-23
15%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
(may be waived if filed online)
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 15
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Recommended

Moderately Selective

78%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,825
Declined + 1,356
Total Received 6,181

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Essay
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Interview
Recommendations

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability

Not Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Jim Sumner
Vice President for Enrollment
P: 503 370-6303
F: 503 375-5363
libarts@willamette.edu

Cost

Tuition $47,840
Room & board $11,830
Additional fees $324
Books & supplies $950
Total $60,944
Average Financial Aid - $35,895
Total with Avg. Aid $25,049

Financial Aid

80%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$35,895

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $2,533,662
State $293,344
Institutional $31,347,122
Other external $1,069,078
Total $35,243,206

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $13,033,674
Other external $176,829
Total $13,210,503

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Northwest Conference
Mascot
Bearcats
School colors
cardinal and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
American Ethnic Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art History/Studio
Asian Studies
Biology
Chemistry
Classical Studies
Comparative Literature/History of Ideas
Computer Science
Economics
English
Environmental Science
Exercise Science
Film Studies
French
German
History
Humanities
International Studies
Japanese Studies
Latin American Studies
Law
Management
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Politics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Rhetoric/Media Studies
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre
Transnational Law
Women's/Gender Studies
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Undergraduate

75%

2,002
students

Female
57%
1,132

Male
43%
870

Graduate

25%

663
students

Female
50%
333

Male
50%
330

undergraduateFull-time

93%

1,862
students

Female
57%
1,061

Male
43%
801

undergraduatePart-time

7%

140
students

Female
51%
71

Male
49%
69

Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
58%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
9%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

27%

Transfer applicants accepted

26%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 3.00
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of All
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

64

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

60

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Other

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 12
Countries most often represented Cambodia
China
Japan
New Zealand
Singapore
Taiwan
Special services offered for international applicants International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Chris Andresen
Assistant Director of International Education
candrese@willamette.edu

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