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.
College of Liberal Arts
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.”
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.
Forbes ranked Willamette as one of the top 100 universities nationally. 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 ranked Willamette 23rd among the top liberal arts colleges in the country for contributions to scientific discovery, the ability to instill a sense of giving back among the student body, and recruiting and graduating high-ability students with financial need.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Willamette University in the top tier of liberal arts colleges nationally in its 2013 edition of "Best Colleges." 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.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Willamette among the best values in private liberal arts colleges nationwide for combining "outstanding quality with affordability." Willamette is ranked 72nd nationally. The list considers criteria such as average student debt, standardized test scores, students per faculty, graduation rate and net price.
Willamette is featured in the 2013 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."
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.
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 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.
Best Western College. Best for Health Services. Most Popular Study-Abroad Program. According to the 2013 edition of Princeton Review’s popular guidebook, “The Best 377 Colleges,” Willamette University is named on all three lists — in addition to being one of the country’s best universities for undergraduate education.
According to the guide, "Willamette's knowledgeable professors are dedicated to what they teach and are genuinely interested in helping students learn," and the university offers "serious academics without snobbery."
Willamette also was featured in 2010 as one of 100 Best Value Colleges. The primary areas of consideration were academic quality, cost of attendance and financial aid.
College of Law
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.
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.
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
The Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes recognizes MBA programs committed to ethics, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Willamette’s MBA is ranked #23 in the world and among the top 10 for its business impact, which measures how courses prepare students to lead for-profit businesses that improve social and environmental conditions.
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.
Graduate School of 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.