As the first university in the West, Willamette has inspired students to lead lives of significance for more than 175 years. And as the Northwest’s premier private university, our future is what drives us to be the best we can be. By encouraging innovation and collaboration across academic disciplines, Willamette produces graduates who excel as 21st-century thinkers in a complex, rapidly changing world. Willamette’s motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” is a guiding principle. Students continually turn their passion into action at the capitol on campus, across the street and around the globe. No other college or university in the Pacific Northwest offers such direct access to state policymaking. Only a crosswalk away, the Oregon State Capitol provides another set of labs and classrooms for our students, whether they’re interning for legislators, conducting research in the Oregon State Archives or working side-by-side with the state’s top scientists and economists.
Willamette University is a private, religious school in an urban setting in Salem, Oregon. Willamette University was founded in 1842 and now enrolls around 1,865 students a year, including 1,303 undergrads.
Willamette University offers housing for up to 1,300 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..
As of 2021, the total market value of Willamette University's endowment was $255.367 million For each full-time student, Willamette University spends about $15,728. There are 10 Willamette University undergrads for each full-time professor.
|2021 Willamette University Admissions Facts At-a Glance|
|Overall Acceptance Rate||78%|
|Early Action Acceptance Rate||86%|
January 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Willamette University by May 1.
Willamette University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
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The deadline to apply early to Willamette University is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Willamette University admits 86% of students that apply early action.
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It is very difficult to get into Willamette University. The acceptance rate at Willamette University is 78%. In 2021, 3,095 out of 3,972 total applicants were accepted.
Willamette University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.
Willamette University is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Willamette University, applicants must submit the following items.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||2.0|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||1|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 4.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Willamette University.
Willamette University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
Out of all applicants, 43% submitted the SAT. 25% submitted the ACT.
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Yes! Willamette University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,300 students.
Willamette University students are active in the school's Intramurals, Outdoor Program and Burning Bright (cancer service/support).
Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Willamette University.
Willamette University meets 67.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $39,569 a year.
The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021
Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.
Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.
Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Willamette University, around 82% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 552 students who started at Willamette University as first-time freshman, 379 graduate within four years.
Around 74% of students who started at Willamette University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.
Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $29,009 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.
Based on this information, how does Willamette University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Willamette University a good school for you?
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Willamette University is located in the urban setting of Salem, Oregon, less than an hour from Portland.
If you want to see Willamette University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Salem, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.
You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Willamette University and Salem are like without leaving home.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Willamette University is Jan 15.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Willamette University is Feb 1.
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Wondering what life at Willamette University is like? There are approximately 1,865 students enrolled at Willamette University, including 1,303 undergraduate students and 562 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 31% percent are from OR and 69% percent of students are from other states.
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