Willamette University

Willamette University

Willamette University, also referred to as WU, is located in Salem, Oregon, United States. It was founded in the year 1842 and is the oldest university in the Western United States. The campus spreads over an area of more than 65 acres. A wide variety of degrees are awarded to students through the following academic divisions of Willamette University:

  • Atkinson Graduate School of Management
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Education

Willamette University's sports teams are known as the Bearcats. The men's teams participate in a range of sports such as baseball, basketball, football, track and field, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, swimming, and rowing. The women's teams participate in basketball, rowing, soccer, softball, volleyball, track and field, swimming, cross country, golf, and tennis.

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Willamette University
900 State St
Salem , OR 97301
General Phone: (503) 370-6300

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Willamette University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts259American studies, Asian studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies, Western European studies, Japanese studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, comparative literature, ...
Law112law, international law
Education and Teaching97education
Business and Management59business management
Science56biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling33psychology, music therapy
Fine Arts22fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy19philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management18environmental science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15exercise science
Computer Science and Engineering7computer science
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Music7music, music theory and composition, piano, voice, music pedagogy
Photography and Commercial Art0film studies

Number of programs and degrees for Willamette University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree45747
Master's degree1583
First-professional degree1101

Willamette University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Willamette University had a total enrollment of 2,720 students (2,182 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 70%
Graduate 16%
First Professional 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 1%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 25%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 32%
22-24 13%
25-29 12%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 0%

Willamette University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %

Willamette University Room and Board (2007)

Willamette University offers campus housing for 1,465 of its 2,182 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Salem, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Willamette University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal570680
SAT Math550650
SAT Writing550660
ACT Verbal2430
ACT Math2428
ACT Composite2529

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT43%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Willamette University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,960
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,960
Room and board $ 7,950
Room charge $ 4,700
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,870
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,100

Financial Aid:
Willamette University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 322700)

Willamette University Faculty

Willamette University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*0*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year53$106,21925$98,263
Associate professoracademic year21$78,65118$74,936
Assistant professoracademic year38$64,62230$61,324
Instructoracademic year4$52,75612$46,659
All faculty totalacademic year116$85,75885$73,000

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Willamette University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northwest Conference
Basketball Northwest Conference
Baseball Northwest Conference
Track Northwest Conference

Willamette University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General


Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

International Law and Legal Studies (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Japanese Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Western European Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Music Pedagogy
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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