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Reviews 625 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: For the most part things are really nice and the buildings are kept up.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is fine and rather accessible to everyone

3 College Junior

Athletics: The facilities are okay but the school spirit is only okay.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus feels safe but some of the resources feel like they pretend to care but don't really.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think it depends on how social you are. If you're extroverted, it's easier to meet a lot of people but introverts have a harder time.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think if you're a politics or econ major, you have a lot of options but if you're not pre law or business, it's harder.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing at Willamette depends where you are. In Belknap, the atmosphere is okay but the people I live with aren't very friendly because they're all on the baseball team and already kind of a clique. It's really close to all my classes. I can leave 3 minutes before a class and get there early. It's really easy.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is really chill. It's not too clique-y and you sometimes can't even tell that girls are in a sorority. Though Alpha Chi Omega is seen as the brattiest sorority and fits the stereotypes.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: They're fine but I don't use them much.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a lot of white people who are from small towns and Salem sucks.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I might have lucked out but I am in a double that is the size of two singles with a wall knocked down. I have more space here than I do at home.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The IM's are really big of campus which is kinda fun because it makes it a lot less intense of an atmosphere at games. Everyone's just there to have a good time and anyone can join.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Honestly, it all depends on the kinds of teachers and classes you take. There are some teacher's I've had who are super enthusiastic about their subject but are awful teachers and visa-versa. The people here are all really nice. If you don't like rain though this is not the place for you.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I think the dorm I live in is the best on campus. My room has plenty of space (I have one roommate) and there's a laundry room, vending machine, and full kitchen on my floor. Also, the bathroom's right next to my room (easy access) and there's hardly ever anyone in it. There's also a cafe open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday on the first floor of the building so I don't have to leave to get food (which is great for when it's cold and raining). Also, all the rooms have there own personal air conditioning and heater that you can control for your individual room for no extra cost! Also there's a pool right next to the building that's open in the spring/ summer.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of people are involved in athletics on campus and even those, like myself, who aren't officially involved in any sports, the gym is great and open to all students and there are plenty of recreational sports classes and clubs to join.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't participate in or follow Greek Life on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel generally okay when walking around so long as there are still other people outside. If I was walking with absolutely no one around I'd be more nervous.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The classes are definitely smaller than at my public high school or even my middle and elementary schools!

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I found two jobs before ever stepping foot on campus and once I got there I got offered a third one!

1 College Freshman

Diversity: As a female Hispanic coming from a big, low income family, I am definitely a minority at this school. Everyone at Willamette is White or Asian and it definitely makes me miss my home more because of how diverse the San Francisco Bay Area is. Also, it's very noticeable that a large portion of the students come from wealthy or well-off families, which shows how much diversity they lack.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Every party I have gone to I have witnessed some form of drugs and alcohol being consumed by students, and I know enough students that have used study aid drugs and who will casually smoke weed before class. Definitely a lot of drug users and drinkers which is something I wasn't expecting at a liberal arts college.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We had a lock down last semester and I was outside and witnessed the incident that caused the lock down and I was surprised that until 15 minutes after I initially saw the incident, I got a school wide message that we were on lock down, and then I had no access to any buildings, and when I finally did, we found out that one of the doors wasn't locking. Although I wasn't scared and I knew the situation wasn't so bad (no active shooters, etc.), it did worry me that it took the school 15 minutes to notify students and that I saw a campus safety officer dealing with the incident and I was outside and they said nothing to me. Also, it worries me that I didn't have access to the science building, during lock downs, I feel that all students should have access to all buildings.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are definitely passionate and I love the small class sizes, however there's a decent number of professors who I don't feel are interesting or passionate about their teachings. I also don't like how there are many courses offered, and they definitely don't have enough classes of certain courses offered. This makes it really hard to explore subjects you're interested in and getting major/gen-ed requirements fulfilled.

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel like there aren't many student-alumni interactions, or maybe there are and I'm not getting the memo. I also feel like getting a degree from this school won't really get me much pull in the work field because it doesn't have much states, prestige, or recognition.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm although old and dusty, is pretty spacious and has a ton of storage. However, I feel that the roommate pairings are either a hit or miss, with me it was a miss, me and my roommate could not be anymore different from each other, meanwhile I have friends who are roommates and if I didn't know any better, I would think they've been friends for years. I love how social my hall is and how everyone gets along pretty well, but most people don't have any respect of the quiet hours and our RA's are never there to enforce rules, especially on weekends when my floor becomes the party floor--which is annoying because our hall and bathroom gets absolutely trashed by drunk people and it's not fair to those who actually live on the floor and to those who have to clean the mess.

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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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