Willamette University

Willamette University


Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has earned a national reputation for its academic standards and leadership in sustainability and civic engagement. The university motto, "Not unto ourselves alone are we born," was a founding principle for such civic engagement and continues to help foster a community dedicated to service and exemplary citizenship. Students and faculty at Willamette University maintain this culture on campus by continually teaching and learning from one another, connecting life experiences in many forms--educationally, communally, culturally, as well as spiritually--in an effort to understand and alleviate injustices in our local communities and around the world.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Willamette Academy

Willamette Academy reaches out to historically underrepresented communities by empowering youth who have the desire and potential to advance to higher education. This academic program is designed to address a number of factors that may discourage certain students from attending college or otherwise impede their academic progress. We are committed to helping our students achieve at a level that will enable them to attend the four-year college or university of their choice. Learn more about Willamette Academy

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Access to Excellence

On Campus Diversity Preview Programs bring together motivated, high-achieving high school seniors from underrepresented groups. These events provide an opportunity for prospective students of color who are very interested in Willamette University as a possible college choice to visit campus and experience life as a Bearcat. Learn more about Access to Excellence

Summer Bridge & Orientation Ohana Jump Start Program

Led by current WU students who have successfully integrated into the campus community, Ohana is a time to learn about Salem, Willamette, academic life and cultural resources. During Ohana, students will also have an opportunity to meet key staff who will provide information regarding financial aid, living in residence halls, health services, and academic support services. Learn more about Ohana Jump Start Program

First-Year Experience & Transition Opening Days

Opening Days is a student-run, five-day program of activities which not only challenges students both academically and socially but also gives parents the opportunity to learn more about the university and the transition their child will be making. Learn more about Opening Days

Academic Advising & Support Academic Support

Academic Support cultivates the academic efforts, engagement, and achievements of College of Liberal Arts students by providing the following services: individual consultations, tutoring, and study groups. Learn more about Academic Support

Student Life & Support Office of Multicultural Affairs

We promote multiculturalism throughout the campus community by delivering a variety of educational programs and services advocating for social justice and diversity. Learn more about Office of Multicultural Affairs

Student Diversity

  • 1,905
  • 45/55
  • 24%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 9%
  • 2%
    Black or African American
  • 12%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 62%
  • 10%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 89%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 79%
    Six-year graduation
  • 76%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 99%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 68%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 217
    Full-time faculty
  • 47
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Biology, Psychology, Politics, English

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Alianza Asian Coalition for Equality Asian Cultural Association Black Student Union CAUSA Hawaii Club Japanese Studies Student Leaders Chinese Taiwanese Culture Association Native and Indigenous Student Union Rainbow Alliance


Cost of Attendance

  • $46,900
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $317
    Required Fees
  • $11,600
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $43,261,477
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $34,259
    Average aid package
  • $26,643
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 24%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 62%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 15%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 6,332
    # of applicants
  • 78%
  • 3.80
    Average HS GPA
  • 28
    ACT Composite
  • 560—670
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 550—660
    SAT Math
  • 550—650
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/15
    Early action application closing date