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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

Introduction

THIS CATALOG

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.

WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY

Willamette University, the first university in the West, consists of the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Law, the George H. Atkinson Graduate School of Management and the School of Education. Cooperative programs enable all students to benefit from the quality curriculum available throughout the University.

Willamette has long been known for its intellectual vitality, its cohesive campus community, its concern for each student, and its ability to balance a rigorous academic program with varied and successful extracurricular opportunities. In short, Willamette prepares students for successful professional and personal lives.

Willamette faculty members are essential to this preparation. Bringing degrees from many institutions in other states and countries, faculty contribute a wide range of views and experiences to campus. With a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, all faculty are able to serve as advisors and maintain ample office hours. (Opportunities abound for students to interact both formally and informally with faculty outside the classroom as well.) Faculty members are engaged in scholarly research and publication and are given institutional support to pursue these objectives. However, the faculty is fundamentally committed to teaching.

The College of Liberal Arts is selective and seeks serious and talented students. The average first-year student in 2005 had a solid subject g.p.a. of 3.75 and a 1240 SAT I score. Approximately 500 new students enrolled from a group of slightly more than 3,000 applicants. About 83 percent of students receive financial aid or scholarships. Both need- and merit-based scholarships are provided. A number of honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, support the continuing achievements of students. Although many Willamette students seek employment immediately after graduation, the majority go on to graduate or professional school within one to five years. Undergraduate enrollment in the fall of 2004 was 1977; total University enrollment was 2663.

Willamette has a reputation for financial as well as academic stability. Its endowment is consistently listed among the largest of any college or university in the Northwest and compares favorably on a national basis. In addition to endowment income and tuition, it depends upon support through gifts and trusts.

The campus has 42 buildings on 61 acres. During the past decade, over $50 million have been invested in campus facilities. Renovations and additional buildings have enhanced every academic department on campus. Residence halls, administrative offices, and recreational facilities have also been renovated or refurbished. Recent projects include the $5.5 million Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the $8 million Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, and the $2.7 million Montag Student Center. Currently, work is beginning on the $14 million Kaneko Residential Commons project.

Adjacent to the campus and connected by a skybridge is Tokyo International University of America, the American campus of Willamette’s Japanese sister university. TIUA offers classes in English and American studies to visiting students from Japan. Through a resident exchange program, Willamette and TIUA students have opportunities to be paired as roommates on both campuses. The close relationship offers a wealth of intercultural activities and opportunities for students of both institutions.

Willamette benefits from its location across the street from the Oregon Capitol and near other federal, state, county, and city offices. In particular, this proximity provides students with exceptional internship opportunities. A large number of students also participate in the Community Outreach Program through widely varied volunteer service projects in Salem and the region.

Salem, the state capital, is Oregon's third largest city, with a population of 142,940. Just an hour's drive south of Portland, the state's largest city, the Salem community offers a range of restaurants, theaters and other cultural opportunities augmenting University activities all within easy walking distance of the campus. The Willamette River winds through Salem's historic downtown district and flows northward through the wine country and agricultural lands of the surrounding area. With the Coast Range and the majestic Oregon coastline to the west, the Cascade Mountains and alpine lakes to the east, many nearby streams and rivers, Portland, the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood to the north, Salem offers a variety of entertainment and recreational opportunities to suit just about any lifestyle.

The cultural attractions and diversity of Portland, Oregon’s largest city, are within 45 miles. The ski slopes of Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor are two to three hours away, while Oregon’s beautiful, rugged coast is within an hour’s drive. Across the Cascade Range lies the high desert land of eastern Oregon with its large cattle ranches and rich farmland, as well as white-water rivers and outstanding recreational opportunities.