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Welcome to Willamette

Willamette University is a highly selective private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette is nationally recognized for teaching and scholarly work in a community that models diversity, sustainability and service to others, values that reflect the university motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.”

Located across the street from the Oregon Capitol, the university educates 2,600 students in a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and three professional graduate schools: the College of Law, Atkinson Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School of Education.

Through small classes, close student-faculty relationships, a commitment to collaborative scholarship and a variety of programs to meet individual student objectives, we provide an environment where teaching and learning flourish.

Willamette is supported by 24,000 alumni around the nation and world who pursue impressive careers and lives of achievement, contribution and meaning.

The College of Liberal Arts

Nationally recognized for exciting, challenging and relevant undergraduate educational programs, the College of Liberal Arts sets students on a journey of intellectual discovery.

Guided by our university motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” we produce thinkers, creators and leaders who use their talents and skills to improve their world.

The balance of a liberal education with real-world experiences is essential to preparing our students for a lifetime of success. In addition, half of our undergraduates study abroad, while almost 70 percent complete one or more internships and a quarter participate in faculty-mentored research.

This catalog has two basic purposes: (1) to serve as a book of record for the Willamette University College of Liberal Arts, though necessarily an incomplete one, and (2) to provide information for students who are considering application or have applied for admission to the Willamette University College of Liberal Arts.

The College of Law

The first law school in the Pacific Northwest, the College of Law has prepared students for a life spent mastering the law since 1883, and boasts one of the highest bar passage rates among Oregon law schools. Located across the street from the Oregon Supreme Court, the college is situated in the epicenter of state law and government.

The Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Committed to providing world class management education to students in all stages of their careers. The school in known for its innovative, early career programs designed to provide the knowledge and experience students need to prepare for their first professional position.