Willamette University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships & More

Walton Hall at Willamette University
Walton Hall at Willamette University. Lorenzo Tlacaelel / Flickr

Willamette University Description:

Willamette is a small private university located in Salem, Oregon, directly across the street from the state's capitol building. The undergraduate College of Liberal Arts is well-regarded nationally, a fact that earned the school a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The university prides itself on the number students who study abroad and the number of hours its students devote to service (more than 60,000 hours a year of volunteerism).

Academics at Willamette are supported by a healthy 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Willamette students come from 43 states and 27 countries. In athletics, the Willamette Bears compete in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. Popular sports include swimming, rowing, basketball, tennis, cross country, and track and field. 

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Admissions Data (2015):

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,746 (2,123 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,217
  • Books: $950 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,600
  • Other Expenses: $1,232
  • Total Cost: $60,999

Willamette University Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,877
    • Loans: $7,904

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 71%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Football, Golf, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Cross Country, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Swimming

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Willamette University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.willamette.edu/about/mission_motto/index.html

"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."