First-Year Experience

Heading to college for the first time is an incredible experience that only happens once. From day one, Willamette seeks to make you feel welcome and help you adjust academically and socially.

Orientation

First-year students arrive before the rest of the student body for Opening Days, a five-day orientation program that helps you settle into life on campus and connect with classmates before the semester officially begins.

If you’re eager to get here even sooner, you can sign up for one of our three Jump Start programs that introduce you to your new community in a smaller, more intimate setting.

Academics

The students in your Opening Days group are also in your College Colloquium class, your first Willamette course. Colloquium introduces you to academic life and expectations at Willamette while giving you a chance to explore a wide range of topics.

Your Colloquium professor is also your academic advisor and will work with you throughout your first year, until you declare a major.

Charting a course to your future

From your first week on campus, you will be involved in the Compass program, an advising program that helps you chart a course for finding your academic and co-curricular path in the first years. The Compass program will assist you to find a pathway towards internships and careers that match your values, passions, and skills as you travel toward graduation. 

College Colloquium

College Colloquium

College Colloquium introduces you to intellectual life at Willamette, and your first academic advisor.

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Opening Days

Opening Days

Our student-run orientation program includes numerous activities to help you learn what it's like to be a Bearcat.

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Jump Start

Jump Start

Programs dedicated to service, the outdoors and multicultural programs help you meet friends in a smaller setting.

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