Willamette University

900 State St, Salem, United States
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Overview of Willamette University

About this school

Willamette, founded in 1842, is a church-affiliated university offering a collaborative learning environment and many opportunities for co-curricular development. The university aims to prepare thinkers, creators, and leaders for meaningful work in the public and private sectors, as well as admission to the finest graduate and professional schools. The college's tradition of service and its location adjacent to the state capitol facilitate internships, collaborative research, and other special projects that span a wide spectrum of academic interests. Its 72-acre campus is located in the center of Salem, 45 miles south of Portland.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,112
    • Men:890 (42.1%)
    • Women:1,222 (57.9%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Willamette University is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
4
Science
-
3
Foreign Language
-
4
Social Studies
-
1
History
-
2
Academic Electives
-
2

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
-
-
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Recommended
January 15
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component recommended
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Used for admission ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
900 State Street
City, State, Zip
Salem, OR  97301-3931
Phone
(503) 370-6303
Fax
(503) 375-5363
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins May 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
November 15
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
December 31

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
89% of 4,484 applicants were admitted
Women
92% of 2,515 applicants were admitted
Men
85% of 1,969 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
468 (12%) of 3,995 admitted students enrolled
Women
280 (12%) of 2,314 admitted students enrolled
Men
188 (11%) of 1,681 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.80
375 And Above
71%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
597 average |350-660 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
7%
• Score 600 - 700
44%
• Score 500 - 600
41%
• Score 400 - 500
7%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
624 average |420-680 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
16%
• Score 600 - 700
50%
• Score 500 - 600
29%
• Score 400 - 500
5%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
27 average |26-31 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
35%
• Score 24 - 29
50%
• Score 18 - 23
12%
• Score 12 - 17
3%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $50,074 (78.90142442959788%)
  • Room & Board: - $12,440 (19.601663935459474%)
  • Other Expences: - $950 (1.4969116349426446%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Willamette University accepts prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification Date
On or about March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003227
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
393 (89.3%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
315 (80.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
315 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
94 (29.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
80%
Average Award
$35,088
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 305 (96.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $30,353
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 250 (79.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,548
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 81 (25.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
126 (28.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,792

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,283 (73.2%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,107 (86.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,107 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
238 (21.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$36,235
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,089 (98.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $30,571
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 934 (84.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,127
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 174 (15.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
617 (35.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,358

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
65%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$32,117
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Not offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


199

Part-Time Faculty


51

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


76%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 21% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 31% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 34% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 12% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 10% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 44% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 43% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Willamette University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


85.6%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


66.1%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


71.6%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


73.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (41)


  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad

Study Abroad


Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Visual and performing arts

Online Degrees


Engineering, forestry

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Business Administration, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Laws

Master's Programs of Study (3)


  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Law

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


160,614

Nearest Metropolitan Area


72 acres

Environment


Urban environment

Campus Size


Portland

Weather


Temperature
32.7 average low in January, 76 average high in September
Rain
147 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
60 mile(s) from campus in Portland
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Salem
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Salem

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing

Students of College Housing


62% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


38%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bearcat
School Colors
Cardinal and old gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country running, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Willamette University offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


18% of women participate

Fraternities


24% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,786

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,112
Women
1,222
Men
890

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 8.9% Asian
  • 2.3% Black/African-American
  • 12.6% Hispanic/Latino
  • 9.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 61.2% White
  • 5.0% Unknown

International Students


7.0% from 14 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


707

Student Resources

Study resources