The Willamette Tradition
Founded in 1842, Willamette University is a leader in education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Every school within the University holds true to our motto - Non nobis solum nati sumus — Not unto ourselves alone are we born. Throughout Willamette’s history, our motto has meant much more than valuing community service. The motto asks us to develop our full potential and to use our talents and abilities to engage meaningfully with the world. Our motto resonates deeply in the life of our community, across all campus programs and with generations of alumni. We focus our talents and resources on preparing students for meaningful lives of personal and professional achievement and civic contribution.
Founding Years of the Graduate Programs
In 1883, the College of Law became the first in the Pacific Northwest (1883). In 1974, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management was added to the Willamette University offerings in graduate studies. In 1988, the first cohort of master level teachers graduated from Willamette University beginning the Graduate School of Education.
Willamette University continues to push the frontier of high education. With evolving programs in each of our professional graduate schools, we are responding to the needs of students in meeting their career objectives.
Nationally accredited with their respective organizations:
- Education – National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE),
- Law – American Bar Association (ABA) and Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
- Management – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)