Willamette University requires at least 124 semester hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. Willamette University accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Willamette University does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 72% of students who start college at Willamette University graduate within six years.
Willamette University offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Willamette University may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Willamette University has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Willamette University directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Willamette University students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Willamette University.
Student Designed Majors
Willamette University allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.
Double Majoring at Willamette University
Willamette University offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.
✅ Willamette University does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Willamette University does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Willamette University offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
❌ Willamette University does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College.
🟨 Willamette University does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors.
The main library on campus is the Mark O. Hatfield Library and there is one other library on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Willamette University offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with University of Southern California, Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University
•3-2 dual degree program in forestry with Duke University
•3-2 dual degree program in business administration
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Willamette University have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Willamette University has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Willamette University include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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