Willamette University

Salem, OR

Willamette University

Salem, OR

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Dare to go first

Don’t just accept what is—imagine what could be. Then make it happen. Willamette University will unleash your potential as a creative thinker and problem solver in a world that demands innovation. It’s time to forge the future you want.

Establish yourself
Invest your energy in a community that welcomes bold initiatives and diverse perspectives. At Willamette, you’ll connect with artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and activists who inspire you to make the most of your unique talents. 

Learn on the leading edge
Ready for class? Good. Now get ready to explore the connections that shape our world. View public health through the lens of wealth inequality. Examine the role of social media in politics. Or connect data science to environmental stewardship. At Willamette, you get to choose a path that leads to a life of purpose. 

Mobilize your ideas
Education isn’t a spectator sport at Willamette—it’s an opportunity to take action. Our students have developed new technologies on campus, spearheaded legislation in the community, and transformed lives around the globe. So can you

Fast-track your future
Our distinctive dual-degree programs will accelerate your education. Fast-track your undergraduate and graduate degrees in Law, Business, or Data Science on campus, or complete your master’s in Forestry or Engineering at one of our partner institutions. 

Live your potential
It’s your future—but we’ll help you make the most of it. Tap into scholarships and resources that recognize your strengths and speak to your needs, and graduate with the intellectual agility you need to excel in the careers of tomorrow. 

Get started now
Visit campus and get to know your future professors and classmates. When it’s time to apply, our admission team will be with you every step of the way. The reason we exist is to help you create the life you want. Go to willamette.edu/admission/visit to schedule your visit today.



#2 liberal arts university in the Northwest for excellence in research, social mobility, and public service | Washington Monthly, 2019


Ranked a “Best Value School” and listed among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation | U.S. News & World Report, 2019


Recognized for a rich array of hands-on experiences, honest mentorship, and liberal learning that cultivates critical thinking and values | Colleges That Change Lives, 2019

Diversity at Willamette

Every one of us has a unique story to tell, and we each have a different way of looking at life that reflects our heritage, culture and homeland.

We’re all here for the same reason: to get an education that challenges our intellect, connects us with a broader community of people and prepares us for a promising future.

Willamette's commitment to diversity is based on respect, fairness and the belief that everyone has something special to offer. Willamette will honor your ideas and celebrate your heritage and unique point of view. Our student organizations reach across cultural barriers and put on some of the largest, most exciting events on campus.

The week-long Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, held each January, unites the Willamette community around a commitment to service and open dialog. Lectures, discussions, film presentations and other special events chronicle the celebration, including the “Into the Streets” service project.

Willamette’s annual Social Pow wow celebrates the heritage and community of our region’s Native American community through dance, drumming and other colorful traditions.

The annual Lu’au, hosted by the Hawai’i Club, presents the excitement and beauty of the Pacific to a sold-out crowd each year.

Willamette is also committed to supporting students from the LGBTQ+ community and providing resources and opportunities to welcome them into our community and flourish during their time on campus.

There are many ways to celebrate and respect diversity at Willamette—and students are encouraged to get involved and follow their passions.


An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I’ve been surrounded by so many people who really supported me and believed in me, and I’ve been able to do more than I ever expected. Coming here was the best decision of my life.”

    • Katie Lee '20
  • “My professors provided me with opportunities I didn’t even know existed. I was definitely set up for success.”

    • Monya Maleki '19
  • “My classes really resonated with what I’m passionate about and what I want to do with my life. Without those experiences, I wouldn’t be in the position I am and doing the things I am today.”

    • Adrian Uphoff ’19