About Willamette University

National Recognition

Willamette University has been honored nationally for a wide range of accomplishments, from being a good value and preparing students for successful careers to showing leadership in sustainability and public service. Our students and faculty frequently earn some of the top scholarships and fellowships in the country for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.

College of Liberal Arts

Colleges That Change Lives

Colleges That Change Lives

Willamette University enriches students’ lives for the better, according to “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.”

The national guide, which was first published in 1996, is designed as an aid for prospective college students and their parents. Content for the newest edition is base on school tours and candid assessments by students, professors and deans.

According to the guide, "...Willamette is a rising star — a place that does its work well and has momentum to claim its rightful spot among the few colleges in this country that prioritize undergraduate education.”

Among the top producers of Fulbright scholars in the nation

Willamette University is among the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Fellows. Two professors from Willamette won Fulbright awards for 2012-13, making Willamette one of two Oregon schools in the listing of top universities.

In addition, fifteen Willamette students and alumni have received Fulbright grants in the past five years. Under the Fulbright program, American students are offered grants to study, teach English or conduct research in more than 150 countries.

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One of America’s Top Colleges

Forbes ranked Willamette as the 25th best school in the West and the 103rd best private school in the nation in 2014. The ranking "focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt."

Washington Monthly 2013 Best "Bang For Your Buck" ranking

One of the most affordable colleges in the nation

Washington Monthly has named Willamette University as the 25th most affordable liberal arts school in the nation in 2013. Willamette scored the highest among liberal arts colleges in Oregon for getting the “best bang for your buck.” According to the magazine, the listing measures “colleges in America that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students gain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

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The highest ranking liberal arts college in Oregon

U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University as the highest ranked liberal arts college in Oregon and among the top nationally in “Best Colleges 2014.” The magazine’s ranking formula takes account of factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.

U.S. News also named Willamette among the top 11 up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2011 for making the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty and student life.

Fiske Guide 2015 Best Colleges and Universities

One of the country's best universities

Willamette is featured in the 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges, which highlights the country's best and most interesting colleges and universities. Willamette's professors get "high marks for being amazing, engaging and supportive."

Honor Roll Presidential Awardee

One of the nation's best universities for exemplary service

The Corporation for National and Community Service named Willamette to the 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. In 2009, Willamette was one of only six colleges and universities nationwide to earn the Presidential Award, the honor roll's highest award. Willamette students, faculty and staff volunteer about 149,000 hours annually.

Peace Corps Top College

Among the top 25 small schools for Peace Corps volunteers

Willamette consistently ranks among the top small schools in the country for number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 300 Willamette alumni have joined its ranks.

Newsweek & The Daily Beast

Most-service oriented: a top school for encouraging students to give back

Newsweek ranked Willamette 12th among the nation's colleges and universities that "have the most service-minded students, faculty, and policies." The Newsweek ranking took into factors such as alumni involvement in the Peace Corps, students participation in community service, and the integration of service into classes.

The Princeton Review Best 379 Colleges

One of the Best 379 Colleges

Willamette University was named as one of the top universities for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review’s popular guidebook, “The Best 379 Colleges.”

In the 2015 edition, Willamette scored exceptionally high for its green initiatives and its academic caliber, scoring 98 and 95 respectively out of a possible 99 points. It was also listed as a “Best Western College.”

As students note in the book, Willamette’s “learning opportunities outside of the classroom are endless.” Professors are lauded for being “very willing to help students find internships, jobs and research opportunities,” and the campus environment “encourages growth and development.”

College of Law

PreLaw

One of the Best Value Law Schools

For the third straight year, Willamette University College of Law ranked among the Best Value Law Schools in the U.S. in PreLaw magazine. The schools on the list “carry a low price tag and are able to prepare their students incredibly well for today’s competitive job market.” In 2011, the College of Law was the only law school in Oregon on the "Best Value" list and was one of only two "honor roll" schools in California and the Pacific Northwest.

Superlawyers U.S. Law School Ratings

Ranked highly for number of Super Lawyers

In its inaugural ranking of U.S. law schools, Super Lawyers placed Willamette’s College of Law above most other area law schools. The ranking focused on the quality of lawyers produced by the schools and was based on the number of alumni named to state and regional Super Lawyers lists. Willamette had more than 140 law graduates named Super Lawyers in 2012.

National Jurist

One of the top green law schools

Willamette's College of Law earned recognition as one of the "Top Green Law Schools" by The National Jurist. Willamette earned a cum laude rating, and was one of 21 schools mentioned in the article. Schools were evaluated on green practices, campus environment, building trends and curriculum.

In 2012, the magazine also ranked Willamette's College of Law as 12th in the nation for best preparing students to pass the bar exam. The magazine evaluated 191 U.S. law schools, and Willamette ranked higher than any other school in Oregon.

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2011

A top 25 MBA program

The Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes recognized MBA programs committed to ethics, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Willamette’s MBA was ranked #23 in the world in 2011 and was among the top 10 for its business impact — which measured how courses prepared students to lead for-profit businesses that improved social and environmental conditions.

The Princeton Review

Among the top 15 programs for preparing students for marketing

The Princeton Review named Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management a Top 15 Program for Preparing Students for Marketing. The ranking is based on a survey of 19,000 students worldwide.

The Willamette MBA program is also among the Princeton Review’s Best 301 Business Schools.

AACSB and NASPAA Accredited

International Accreditation for Business Administration and Public Administration

The Willamette MBA program is only one of two programs worldwide to hold dual accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (also known as NASPAA).  Both accreditation agencies represent the highest standards of excellence in graduate management education.  Less than 10% of schools of management and business achieve AACSB International accreditation.

Inc. Magazine

10 Best Entrepreneurship Courses in the U.S.

Inc. magazine named the Willamette MBA’s New Ventures to Market and Angel Investing courses among the top 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the U.S.  Each course emphasizes experiential and consequential learning, where students have the opportunity to invest in real start-ups and develop their own entrepreneurial ventures.

US News and World Report

10 Least Expensive Private MBA Programs

US News and World Report named the Willamette MBA program among the 10 least expensive private MBA programs in the U.S.  The list profiled ten private universities delivering high quality, personalized education with tuition levels under $40,000.

Listed among the “Best MBA Programs”

The Willamette MBA has been recognized as a “top MBA program for return on investment” by Forbes, profiled in Vault’s “Business School Buzz Book” and ranked as one of the top 100 MBA programs in the U.S. by Poets & Quants.

Graduate School of Education

NCATE

Nationally accredited for excellence in teacher education

Willamette’s Graduate School of Education has earned initial accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, a body that sets rigorous profession standards for teacher education programs.