Willamette University

679 reviews
  1. Salem, OR
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
Willamette University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
900 State St
Salem, OR 97301

Willamette University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
SAT Range
1080-1320
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$30,672/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,548/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,549/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,546/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,148/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,016/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,008Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Dedicated to their education
    26%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Passionate
    19%
  • Try hards with an inferiority complex.
    13%
  • Laid back
    10%
  • Open to new experiences
    6%
  • Friendly and willing to help you out
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.65 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.73 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Liberal Arts College in Oregon
    55%
  • Oldest College in the West
    28%
  • Home Away from Home
    10%
  • Lamest College in the West
    7%

After Willamette University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses

Reviews

679 reviews
  • Excellent
    94
  • Very Good
    278
  • Average
    248
  • Poor
    41
  • Terrible
    18
There's relatively close "off-campus" housing provided by the University called the University Apartments, and another building called Haseldorf. Most students enjoy living in the UAps, but Haseldorf is notoriously old and sketchy. Both are actually just a two-minute walk away from campus, which is why I put the "off-campus" above in sarcastic quotation marks! Many juniors and seniors do rent houses together off-campus, but this always requires a friend group in order to make doing so cost-effective. Then again, Willamette is a close-knit community, so making that transition isn't ever much of a problem.
  • College Senior
  • May 20 2013
People support soccer during soccer season. Football is attended, but isn't super huge; we don't win a lot and the field is not on campus, so students have to go out of their way to attend. Most of the other varsity sports are attended by a small group of people. In contrast, A LOT of people do intramurals, and they're tons of fun. For most sports, there are both competitive and beginner league intramurals, so you don't have to worry about going against people of different skill level too much.

The gym is new and super awesome! I love it.
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago
Environmental Science and Religious Studies – The Enviro Sci program has tons of amazing students (about 30 juniors alone right now), as well as highly educated and passionate professors! Everyone is very supportive of everyone else, the professors are always there for help and assistance, and they are all very passionate about their discipline and the classes they teach.
The Religious Studies department is small but close-knit. The professors are all a lot of fun and are good and teaching religious material without making students feel like they are being preached too. Discussions are always very productive and respectful in these classes, and are a necessary aspect to the program.
  • College Junior
  • Jan 17 2012