Willamette University

Salem, OR

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.

School Profiles: Undergrad

Willamette University

Salem, OR

Tuition & Fees

$53,624

$53,624

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

41%

male

59%

female

1

teacher

11

students

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Moderately Selective

77%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,095
Declined + 877
Total Received 3,972
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Private (nonprofit)

1,515

undergraduate students

641

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economicse
  2. Environmental Science
  3. Politics
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Codes

SAT 4954
ACT 3504

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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 2,156
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: 169,798), 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
60%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
93%
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 26% of male students
 
3 sororities 16% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
48%
Top 1/4
78%
Top 1/2
96%
Bottom 1/2
4%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
16%
600-699
55%
500-599
23%
400-499
6%
700-800
13%
600-699
42%
500-599
37%
400-499
7%
300-399
1%
700-800
12%
600-699
39%
500-599
38%
400-499
10%
300-399
1%
30-36
36%
24-29
42%
18-23
20%
12-17
2%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
(may be waived if filed online)
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 15
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

77%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,095
Declined + 877
Total Received 3,972

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

Jeremy Bogan
Vice President for Admissions
P: 503 370-6303
F: 503 375-5363
libarts@willamette.edu

Financial Aid

65%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$32,918.00

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $53,300
Room & board $13,328
Additional fees $324
Books & supplies $950
Total $67,902
Average Financial Aid - $32,918
Total with Avg. Aid $34,984

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $2,327,173
State $425,600
Institutional $29,582,139
Other external $771,872
Total $33,106,784

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $11,940,686
Other external $86,822
Total $12,027,508

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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 503 370-6273
F: 503 370-6588
finaid@willamette.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Patty Hoban
Director of Financial Aid
phoban@willamette.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

cheerleading, crew, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Club Sports - Women's

cheerleading, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

backpacking, badminton, basketball, cheerleading, cycling, dance, football, golf, juggling, kayaking, martial arts, outdoor recreation climbing, racquetball, rod and reel, scuba diving, skeet, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, softball, speed and agility, swing dance, ultimate Frisbee, unicycling, volleyball

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Athletic Directors

David Rigsby (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Judy Gordon (women's)
Swa
email

Athletic Facts

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

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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Most Popular Majors

  1. Economicse
  2. Environmental Science
  3. Politics

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary science

2,156

total students

29%

in-state

71%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

70%

1,515
students

Female
59%
890

Male
41%
625

30%

641
students

Female
51%
325

Male
49%
316

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

97%

1,473
students

Female
59%
868

Male
41%
605

3%

42
students

Female
53%
22

Male
47%
20

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Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
14%
Hispanic/Latino
63%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

50%

Transfer applicants accepted

43%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

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

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
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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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