See what students say:


Traditional academics are strong at Willamette, but perhaps what stands out most is that “learning opportunities outside of the classroom are endless.” Located right across the street from the Oregon state capitol, there are countless “leadership opportunities and student research opportunities.” Professors here are “very willing to help students find internships, jobs and research opportunities.” In the classroom, those same professors are “incredible resources” who “are all very dedicated to their classes rather than research or outside obligations,” and who provide classes that “are interesting and varied.” You will be challenged, but only with the goal of helping you succeed. As one student notes, “I have felt intellectually pushed outside my comfort zone while still being incredibly supported in all of my academic classes.” Another noticed that “my professors are not looking to fail me or weed me out of classes; they just believe in me, and want me to excel.” These educators “make their material relevant” and tend to be “passionate about their subject.” Classes are “often discussion-based, not lecture-based, so students are not just regurgitating information they hear from a professor, but working with the material and exploring their own thoughts and ideas.” Overall, the environment here “encourages growth and development, both inside and outside the classroom,” which one student says is “unique to a small Liberal Arts school.”

Student Body

Given the nature of life on campus, it should come as no surprise that “a typical Willamette student is excited to learn, to explore, and be an active participant within the community.” Students here are “interested in helping others through academic tutoring and community service,” a group who tend to be “accepting, politically involved, and civic minded.” Individuals vary—“students embrace the idea of being unique and proud of it”—but almost all are “academically driven, balanced with social endeavors, and eager to mix in with other students.” Most are “from the West Coast,” “friendly and open,” and, of course, very busy. “Almost all students are involved in multiple things.” This common need to be doing things ensures students “share a friendliness that's evident the moment you step onto campus.” As one student notes, to get the most out of Willamette, “you have to be willing to challenge yourselves and others, and be accepting of the community you are a part of.”

Campus Life

“Lots of intellectual discussions,” a thriving Greek life, pursuing “social justice” and “social causes,” and just plain being busy are the core of life at Willamette. On this campus, “there is a lot of emphasis on how to make an impact on the community and the school as a whole.” Indeed, “students are involved in a variety of organizations on campus and off that concern these types of issues,” which is not difficult given the school’s close proximity to Oregon’s seat of government. Students here “often think about politics, civic duties, and volunteering,” filling their time with “philanthropic events, house parties, or outdoor trips.” This isn’t limited to a minority of students, either. “Very few students only attend class; most have three or more activities they are involved in.” Less intellectual pursuits are within range, though may be something of a drive. Portland and all its quirky culture is a close forty minutes away, while the Oregon coast and Mount Hood are about two hours away. But students don’t need to venture far. “There is so much to see and do in the Willamette Valley that students have opportunities to do pretty much anything.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Hayden Dentinger
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Montag Student Center
Sparks Sports and Recreation Center
Willamette Bistro
Mill Stream on campus

Most Popular Places Off Campus
State Capitol - across from campus
Riverfront Park
Silver Falls State Park
downtown Salem (shops, theatres, etc.)
Bush's Pasture Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Academic year only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Portland International Airport is 60 miles from campus. Groome Transportation offers regular transportation from the Portland airport to Salem. Amtrak offers daily north/south train service to Salem; the station is across the street from the southeast corner of the campus. Greyhound buses serve Salem from throughout the U.S.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5 (N. or S.), take the Hwy. 22/Mission St. exit and travel approximately 2 miles west to the City Center/Willamette University exit. The off-ramp takes you to the southeast corner of campus. Keep to the left and proceed through the traffic signal on Pringle Parkway which borders the south side of campus. Turn right at Winter St. and immediately right into the Guest and Visitor parking lot.

Local Accommodations
Salem has a variety of accommodations all within easy proximity to campus. Rates range from moderate to inexpensive for university visitors depending on time of year and number of guests. The Grand Hotel (201 North Liberty Street SE; 503-540-7800)is located downtown (a short walk to campus) and includes a buffet breakfast, health club and pool. The Best Western-Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. S.E.; 503-585-3332) is 5 miles from campus and easily accessed from Interstate 5. Price includes a free breakfast at Denny's, health club privileges, pool and sauna. Additional hotels include the Phoenix Inn (4310 Commercial St. SE; 503-588-9220), Salem Inn (1775 Freeway Ct. N.E.; 503-588-0515), and Comfort Suites (630 Hawthorne Ave. S.E.; 503-585-9705). Salem also boasts a number of unique and charming bed and breakfast establishments. For additional information on those, please contact the Office of Admission (503-370-6303).


Applicants: 3,995
Acceptance Rate: 81%
Average HS GPA: 3.96



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