Willamette offers three options for applying for the Fall semester. Early Action I has a postmark deadline of November 1 and notification by December 15. Early Action II applications should be postmarked by December 1 and the decisions will be mailed by January 15. Early Action is non-binding, requiring no non-refundable Advance Deposit until the National Candidate Reply Date of May 1. The Regular Decision deadline (postmark) is February 1 and notification is made by April 1. To receive maximum consideration for admission, as well as merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid, all application credentials should be postmarked by the respective deadline. Late applications will be considered if space is available. Willamette also accepts applications from students wishing to enter the university in the Spring semester. The postmark deadline for Spring applications is November 1 with notification by December 1.
Scholarship (merit-based) consideration is given to all applicants at each stage in the admission cycle based on the quality of the academic record. All students wishing to be considered for need-based financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible and no later than February 1 for priority consideration. Students applying for either Early Action admission cycle who wish to be considered for need-based aid must also file the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE (CSS PROFILE) by November 1 (EA 1) or December 1 (EA II) in order to receive a priority, need-based estimated financial aid award.
National Candidate Reply Date (May 1)
May 1 is the nationally agreed upon reply date by which students are expected to notify colleges of their plans to attend (or not). To reserve a place in Willamette's entering class, the Acceptance of Enrollment & Housing Intent Form and the $200 non-refundable Advance Deposit must be postmarked no later than May 1. Deposits postmarked after May 1 may be returned if the entering class has already been filled. If the class is not complete by this date, later deposits will be accepted on a space available basis.