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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice


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 2006 had a solid subject GPA of 3.75 and a 1260 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 2006 was 2055; total University enrollment was 2746.

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 40 buildings on 80 acres and comes complete with rustic gardens, native wildlife and a clear-running stream. The architectural character of the campus was set by Waller Hall. While the color of the brick and the green setting of Waller Hall is important, its scale sets it apart. The close integration between buildings and landscape has been achieved as the campus has evolved. The buildings have been highly articulated with faceted and interrupted wall surfaces and broken rooflines that merge well into the layered plantings. Thirteen residence halls provide over 538,710 square feet of living and activity space for students. Athletic facilities, libraries, student center and dining provide another 283,507 square feet. Classrooms, offices, both academic and administrative, are housed in approximately 582,238 additional square feet. During the past decade, including this 2007 issue over $65 million will 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.

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 second largest city, with a population of 149,305. 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.

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.

Willamette University seeks to be a diverse community and to provide equal opportunity in its educational programs and activities, and in employment. In keeping with the letter and the spirit of federal and state laws, the institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation or veteran status. Questions regarding the University's equal opportunity policies and practices may be directed to the Vice President & Executive Assistant to the President, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon 97301.

Willamette University complies with the Student-Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Research for information on graduation and retention rates; Campus Security for campus security statistics; the Department of Athletics for EADA information; the Registrar concerning FERPA and the Vice President & Executive Assistant to the President concerning ADA compliance.

The security of all members of the campus community is a vital concern to Willamette University. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the law enforcement authority of the Office of Campus Safety, policies concerning the reporting of crimes which occur on campus, and the crime statistics for the most recent three-year period may be viewed at, or a paper copy can be requested from Willamette University, Office of Campus Life, Salem, Oregon 97301.

This catalog is designed to give prospective and current students, advisors, faculty, and friends of Willamette University an accurate picture of the curriculum, faculty, environment, and related subjects. Over the course of the years the current catalog will be in use, there will no doubt be changes in curriculum, faculty, and other important areas. Information about such changes will be disseminated to the public as appropriate. However, all provisions herein contained are subject to change without notice and do not constitute a contract or offer to contract with any person.

Visitors are welcome to the campus. The Undergraduate Office of Admission is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the academic year and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the summer. Appointments are suggested for visitors coming on specific business. Mailing address: Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, Oregon 97301. Phone 503-370-6300. TDD/Voice: 503-375-5383. Fax: 503-370-6148. Website: