Ties that Bind

The first institution established in the West, Willamette is also pioneering a new concept of sustainability, one that integrates ecological sustainability with equity. We believe communities are truly sustainable only when they are based on the foundation of social justice.

That’s why students spend 65,000 hours each year volunteering here and around the world. Volunteering is not a graduation requirement, but a thoughtful choice, one that is integral to the Willamette educational experience. The humanitarian outlook continues after graduation. Willamette consistently ranks in the top 20 small schools in the country for number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, and in 2012, it received a Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction standing from the Corporation for National and Community Service.