Apply: First-Year (Freshman) Students

We are delighted that you plan to apply!

Steps to complete your application:

1. Common Application
Willamette is a Common Application exclusive institution. We use the Common Application because it collects a broad range of academic and extracurricular activity of potential Bearcats and simplifies the process for our applicants.

2. Official High School Transcript
Counselors submit official transcripts through the Common Application. Your senior grades must be submitted as soon as they are available. To ensure adequate academic preparation for success in Willamette’s rigorous curriculum, we recommend the following pattern of secondary school coursework:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of mathematics (including algebra, geometry and trigonometry)
  • Four years of social science coursework
  • Three to four years of lab-based science coursework
  • Three to four years of a foreign language

3. School Report Form and Counselor Recommendation
Counselors may submit School Report Forms and Recommendations through the Common Application.

4. SAT or ACT scores - optional
Willamette offers test-optional admission with the completion of a supplemental essay question as part of the Common Application. If you decide to include standardized test scores, make sure you send your official score reports from either the SAT or the ACT. Please note that students attending secondary schools that print ACT or SAT scores on official transcripts do not need to submit score reports from either testing agency. 

If you take the SAT or ACT more than once, the Admission Committee will review your highest scores from each section, resulting in what is widely known as a superscore. 

5. Teacher Evaluation
Letter(s) of recommendation may be submitted by your teachers (preferably English, math, science or history) through the Common Application. 

6. Pay the Application Fee
Willamette University has a $50 application fee.* Submit your payment on the Common Application website.

Once all of your credentials are received, the Admission Committee will review your application for admission.

*Willamette University application fee waiver. The $50 application fee may be waived in the following circumstances:

  1. Alumni endorsed applications
  2. Partner high schools
  3. Designated Community Based Organizations

Need help along the way? Contact us at 503-370-6303 or