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Reviews 672 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Junior

Diversity: There is no diversity. There are straight white people. If I had to do it all over again , I'd rather slit my wrists.

5 College Senior

Computers: No complaints here, really. Just frustrating that for theatre at least, the students are basically required to have their own personal computers.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I don't know much or care much about them not being an athlete and course loads are heavy.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I think the campus is getting too strict on everything. The femminists get scared about one incident and everyone has to change their entrance into campus buildings because there are only a few unlocked doors.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great, but being required to live on campus until you are a junior is ridiculous.

4 College Senior

Majors: It was easy to get in and I have a great adviser for my major.

5 College Senior

Majors: You get to learn a lot of everything and commitment for theatre is very involved.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Salem smells bad in the winter, but it's a beautiful city in the fall and spring!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go out to eat much but there is some great ethnic food around.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: A lot of these kids come from wealthy families and can be pretty stuck up, however there are also a lot of really cool people that can play some great music and create some really cool stuff. Not many fat people.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I don't ever use the health services, but I hear that they are good. Student organizations have a lot of money to work with which can lead to some really cool organizations.

5 College Senior

Facilities: There are many different opportunities and there are always creative and hard-working students creating great music and art performances almost every other weekend.

5 College Senior

Academics: In the Spanish and Theatre departments especially, the classes are very good and the professors know their topics well.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: This campus is in Oregon so there is some marijuana use, but everyone studies pretty hard most of the time and drugs are not used that often.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Willamette doesn't help as far as I know with finding off campus housing. Landloards and houses are different around Salem depending on your price range and distance for campus. Many neighborhoods have dedicated student housing that is regularly available specifically for Willamette Students.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly upper-class white students, but with an active multi-cultural department and enough diversity to not feel insulating.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Doesn't bang on your door; you have to find it, but plenty there for the interested.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Lenient all-around, but not ultra-lax either. Substance free dorms enforce policies with greater rigor; non substance-free dorms don't have much surveillance.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not much of an athletics school, but enough there to entertain a hobby or interest.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol, mostly. Parties every weekend somewhere in town, but barely noticeable on campus. Substance free dorms excellent places with work-conducive atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's great but not my scene

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love all the dorms but the one I'm in honestly

1 College Freshman

Weather: It rains all the time and I'm depressed about it.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are very important to Willamette

4 College Freshman

Computers: Pretty great, there are a lot of opportunities


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Rafael Baptista
Portland, OR
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With its small class sizes, robust social life, warm community, and engaging professors, Willamette provides students with a very positive overall experience. Students come to Willamette and develop the passion and skills necessary to succeed in any career they choose.

While current students and even alumni will complain about the parking and lack of nightlife in Salem, most will have fond memories and strong relationships from their time at Willamette. They will remember late nights in the library, dinner at a professor’s house, late-night runs to Muchas Gracias, and the classroom discussions that shaped their worldviews.

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