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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.

Profile of Willamette UniversityThe main campus of Willamette University is in Salem, OR (a medium-sized city). The school is a private, not-for-profit school. Willamette University offers degrees up to the Master's degree. Course TopicsThe school students most commonly major in a field related to science, mathematics, law, fine arts, liberal arts, and conservation and resource management. Willamette University SelectivityWillamette University does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 570 to 690. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 550 or more. Students attending Willamette University come from a variety of places, in and out of state. FacultyThe school's faculty/student ratio compares favorably with most colleges. Willamette University offers tenure to reward and retain some professors. Salaries for full-time faculty at the school are higher than most, allowing the school to afford quality teaching. Student EnrolmentIn 2007, Willamette University had 2, 720 enrolled students. Student LifeThe school is generally not a school for part-time students. Many students at Willamette University live in campus housing. The school makes available a lot of student housing. Student athletes at Willamette University belong to the Northwest Conference for major sports. The school reports its educational mission is: 

"Willamette University is an independent, nonsectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1842, educating men and women in the liberal arts and selected professional fields. The University's mission extends far from the Oregon Territory and Pacific Northwest to encompass the larger world beyond. In its pursuits, Willamette University: Cherishes the dignity and worth of all individuals, striving to reflect the diversity of our world; Encourages close relationships among faculty, students, and staff to enhance learning and foster community; Provides a lively and challenging education in a small university setting where teaching and learning are strengthened by ongoing scholarship and research; Embraces a commitment to service and leadership in our various communities and professions; Honors its historic roots in The United Methodist Church and values the ethical and spiritual dimension of education; Believes that education is a lifelong process of discovery, delight and growth, the hallmark of a humane life. "

Willamette University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryGeneral CategoryMost Common Majors

Liberal Arts237economics, English, speech and rhetoric, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, international studies, . . .
Law152law, international law
Education and Teaching90Education
Science74biology, chemistry, physics
Business and Management59business management
Therapy and Counselling44psychology, music therapy
Fine Arts26fine arts, art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management18environmental science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17exercise science
Religion and Philosophy16philosophy, religion
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Music4music pedagogy, music, music theory and composition, piano, voice
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science
Photography and Commercial Art1film studies

Contact: Willamette UniversityWillamette University

900 State St

Salem, OR 97301

General Phone: (503) 370-6300


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