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Willamette University Admissions

Check in with Willamette University's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than May 1.

Willamette University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Willamette University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 46%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 25%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Willamette University?

Willamette University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast!

Willamette University accepts about 86% of early action applicants and 78% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Willamette University admitted 1,526 of the 1,781 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Willamette University Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Willamette University is very difficult. Willamette University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Willamette University accepted 78% of students, around 3,095 of the 3,972 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Willamette University, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Willamette University waitlisted 276 students. Of those, 77 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Willamette University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Willamette University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Willamette University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Willamette University must submit the following items. Double check with Willamette University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Willamette University?

Students admitted to Willamette University have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 41% submitted a class rank. At Willamette University 46% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 81% were in the top 25% and 96% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Willamette University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 41%
3.75 and 3.99 15%
3.50 and 3.74 7%
3.25 and 3.49 2%
3.00 and 3.24 0%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Willamette University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Willamette University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 43% of Willamette University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 25% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Willamette University?

To be competitive with other Willamette University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1120 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Willamette University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Willamette University students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Willamette University students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Willamette University?

To be most competitive at Willamette University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Willamette University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Willamette University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Willamette University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Willamette University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 1. Applicants should hear back by March 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Willamette University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Willamette University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Willamette University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Willamette University.

Does Willamette University accept transfer credits?

Willamette University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Willamette University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Willamette University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Willamette University?

No, Willamette University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Willamette University's acceptance rate?

Willamette University's acceptance rate is 78%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Willamette University?

The early action acceptance rate at Willamette University was 86% in 2021.

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Willamette University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Willamette University? Willamette University is a very selective institution. The Willamette University acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.



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Willamette University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 1

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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Willamette University ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


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24 and Less


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Willamette University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1340


Math SAT Range

560 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 690

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Willamette University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Willamette University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.97. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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