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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

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Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life manages residential units, sponsors a variety of programs, and generally seeks to enhance students’ learning experiences at Willamette by providing a supportive on-campus environment.

An in-residence staff of area coordinators and resident assistants facilitates activities within each residence and assumes many of the management responsibilities. Campus residences are designed to provide comfortable living accommodations for both undergraduate and graduate students. Since students’ living environments offer a unique backdrop for a variety of out-of-classroom learning opportunities, many athletic, cultural, social, and educational programs are planned throughout the year.

Residence Life staff members design and promote campus wide and community specific programming using a wellness model encompassing the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, occupational, and intellectual wellness of each student.

Willamette offers 11 independent coed residence halls, five national fraternities, three national sororities, and two apartment buildings (for juniors, seniors and graduate students) on campus. Each residence features comfortable lounges and recreational facilities.

Willamette students in every residence have the opportunity to share rooms with the students who are part of a cultural exchange bringing a new class of visiting Tokyo International University students to the University each year. These international living arrangements are a distinctive part of Willamette University life and they have become the basis of many deep and lasting international friendships.

Willamette’s five theme residences also offer communities for students interested in community outreach, foreign language and international cultures, the celebration and preservation of the earth, wellness, a substance-free living community, and intensive study.

Willamette University’s residency requirement states that all freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus unless they are married, over 21, or living with parent(s) within a commutable distance of 25 miles or less. New students are assigned residence accommodations (after returning students) in priority order based on the date their advance deposits are received.