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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice


The athletic program at Willamette University has been an important part of the life of the institution for more than 100 years. As a member of the NCAA Division III, Willamette offers a broad range of competitive opportunities. The overall balance of the athletics program (10 sports for women; 10 sports for men) continues to be a defining strength of the University. Willamette offers opportunities for intercollegiate competition in the following sports: baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.

Willamette University Athletic Philosophy and Objectives

The Willamette University Department of Athletics seeks first to support the academic mission of the University, which emphasizes mutual respect for all persons, cognitive development, acceptance and celebration of diversity, active participation in learning, a commitment to service and community, and an acknowledgment of the ethical and spiritual dimensions of education. Willamette’s athletic emphasis is based on the value of participation for student athletes of both genders. Furthermore, it is the goal of the University that individuals and teams be challenged with the same intensity and purpose they encounter in the classroom, including opportunities for developing leadership, dealing with adversity, working as a team, fulfilling commitments, and acquiring time management skills. Willamette believes strongly in providing each student with quality programs and opportunities for personal growth within the parameters of NCAA, Division III competition.

Integrating the mandates established by Willamette University, the Northwest Conference and the NCAA, the Department of Athletics recognizes a dual commitment to serve both student athletes and the University.