Willamette University

Salem, OR

Willamette University

Salem, OR

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Connecting the head, heart, and hand.

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


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


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

Program Spotlight : Studio Art

Available as a major, or minor.

Master the techniques of fine art-making and make the most of your creative vision.

Join a dynamic, vibrant community of students and professors who share your passion for art. Whether you’re interested in traditional mediums like photography and painting or experimental practices like performance and publicly engaged art, Willamette is an ideal place to express yourself.

You’ll focus on the practice of fine art-making, mastering technique, harnessing your intellect and developing the skills you need to create intriguing pieces that communicate a desired concept—anything from personal self-reflection to social commentary.

Our areas of study include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, performance and video. All are fine-art focused. Beyond the classroom, you can take part in professional and student art exhibitions, internships, and collaborative research projects. Your senior thesis will be a self-defined creative project that culminates in the Senior Art Exhibition at the university’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

By creating, showing and critically analyzing work, you’ll experience art culture while learning to use the language of contemporary art. You’ll also gain the experience you need for an array of careers. Our graduates are thriving as studio artists, teachers, exhibition designers, curators, art critics, architects, and graphic designers. Now it’s your turn.

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