Willamette University

Get ready for an experience that will change your life. A Willamette education will challenge you, inspire you and engage you in countless ways. And we’ll be here to support you throughout your time here. We hope these online resources will ease your transition to college. 



Willamette is a nationally renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has become a national leader in sustainability and civic engagement.


Willamette University provides rigorous education in the liberal arts and selected professional fields. Teaching and learning, strengthened by scholarship and service, flourish in a vibrant campus community. A Willamette education prepares graduates to transform knowledge into action and lead lives of achievement, contribution and meaning.


The Office for Faculty Research and Resources (OFFRR) promotes faculty professional development by helping faculty members secure external grants and awards for their research, scholarship, artistic creation and performance, and teaching, and identifying resources to support faculty career development.


Willamette law school's Placement Office provides the experience, skills and opportunities students and alumni need for a lifetime of successful career management.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

The Office of Student Activities at Willamette University offers numerous opportunities for students to get involved in co-curricular activities.

Housing services

From day one, Willamette seeks to make you feel welcome and helps you adjust academically and socially. Below you will find resources to get you started around campus.

A one-card system of identification, building access and campus commerce. Your ID card is also your campus debit card. You can make campus purchases of food, textbooks, gifts, snacks, sodas, laundry services and photocopies using your Compass Card.

Library services

The library strives to inspire learning and intellectual curiosity while preserving history and memory; it fosters a rich environment for teaching and scholarship in the Willamette community and beyond.

ICT services

You will soon be part of the virtual community on the Willamette Campus Network, which is managed by Willamette Integrated Technology Services (WITS). Below you will find information about creating your account, keeping it safe, setting up email, and what to do when bringing your own computer to campus. We'll provide some very brief notes and tips to get you started.  

Student Life

Campus life

By living on campus, you'll better integrate yourself into the vibrant student culture, and quickly build friendships that will endure a lifetime.

Living on campus offers:
  • Greater support for academic achievement
  • Growth in social maturity and self-reliance
  • An increased understanding of yourself and others
  • Better access to campus activities and fun

Sports facilities

To make the most of your experience it’s important to stay healthy and active – and take full advantage of the beautiful place you’ll call home while at Willamette.

The northwest is known around the world for its beautiful scenery and quality of life. Willamette’s location - in the heart of it all - offers ample opportunities to explore the great outdoors, participate in group sports, join a club or grab a workout.

Student clubs

Looking to get involved? Check out the list of organizations at WU. We have over 100 student organizations, and if you don't see what you're looking for, you can even start your own organization. You’ll find links to important documents for current WU student organizations on this page. Included are several forms that organizations may need throughout the year.


Willamette University is fully accredited by NWCCU - the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Willamette University College of Law, which participates with the Atkinson School in offering the joint degree in management and law (MBA/JD), is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Student Reviews

Educators vs. Administration
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, the education and professors are great and are receptive to student feedback. However, administration is money driven despite being a private non-profit institution.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Willamette is a nationally renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is the first university established in the western U.S. and has become a national leader in sustainability and civic engagement.

Salem, Oregon, United States

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