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Willamette University

Salem, OR 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%

About Willamette University

Willamette is the Pacific Northwest's leading private university. Our historic campus next to the State Capitol in Salem houses a renowned residential liberal arts college. Our downtown Portland campus houses the flagship Pacific Northwest College of Art. Willamette's professional graduate programs in Portland and Salem include the Northwest's oldest law school, Oregon's top-ranked MBA program, MA and MFA programs in the arts, writing and critical studies, and our MS in Data Science. Situated among the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Willamette’s campuses offer an intimate learning environment with small class sizes and award-winning faculty. As the first university in the West, Willamette features deep ties to the community and surrounding area that has been built around it. Willamette faculty members have been named Oregon’s Professor of the Year a record 11 times since 1990 and our comprehensive approach to academics balances independent inquiry and collaborative exploration. Nearly every student gains hands-on experience through internships, study abroad, research opportunities, volunteering, and the many student-run clubs and organizations.  It is our mission to prepare students to be engaged with the world around them and promote the common good toward a better future.

Willamette University is a private, religious university in the city of Salem, Oregon. Willamette University was founded in 1842. The university enrolls around 1,883 students per year, including 1,335 undergraduate students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Willamette University

It is very difficult to get into Willamette University. Willamette University admitted 81% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 3,220 out of 3,995 total applicants were accepted.

Willamette University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 77%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 87%
Average GPA 4.0
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 87%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 21%

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Willamette University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Willamette University is Jun 1.

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Willamette University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1420


Math SAT Range

600 - 710


Reading SAT Range

630 - 710

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Wondering what life at Willamette University is like? There are approximately 1,883 students enrolled at Willamette University, including 1,335 undergraduate students and 548 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 30% percent are from OR and 70% percent of students are from other states.


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