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Willamette University Student Life

Willamette University is on a 72-acre campus in an urban setting in Salem, Oregon, not far from Portland. Willamette University has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Willamette University also has fraternities and sororities.

Willamette University has a thriving Intramurals. In fact, more students participate in Intramurals than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Willamette University include Outdoor Program, Burning Bright (cancer service/support), Theater and FSL.

Does Willamette University Offer Student Housing?

Willamette University offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

The majority of Willamette University students live on campus. In 2021, 54% of undergrads at Willamette University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 46% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Willamette University. There are 1,300 spots available in on-campus housing for all 1,303 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 725 students chose to live in campus housing. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Willamette University offers coed housing.

Willamette University Athletics

At Willamette University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Willamette University:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Golf NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Tennis NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Track And Field NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Soccer Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Cross Country Running Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Basketball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3

Safety at Willamette University

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Willamette University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Willamette University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Willamette University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to Willamette University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Willamette University, take Interstate 5 to Salem, OR. If you need to fly, book your flight to Portland International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Oregon you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

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Willamette University Students

58%

Women

42%

Men

97%

Full Time

3%

Part Time

31%

In State

69%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

62%

16%

8%

6%

5%

2%

1%

1%

0.47%

Undergraduate Students

1,303

Graduate Students

562

Non-Resident / International Students

10

Willamette University Campus Services

Student Services
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Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,865

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

78%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$44,354

Out-of-State

$44,354

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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