Willamette University among The Princeton Review’s best

In addition to being featured as one of the country's best universities for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review's popular guidebook, "The Best 376 Colleges," Willamette University is also named among the 2012 guide’s “Best in the West.”

Willamette scored exceptionally well for academics, 91 of 99 possible points, as well as for interesting and accessible professors, scoring 90 of 99 for both.  

According to the guide, the university offers “serious academics without the snobbery,” and “Willamette’s knowledgeable professors are dedicated to what they teach and genuinely interested in helping students learn.”  

“We appreciate the continued national recognition of our talented professors and strong academic offerings,” says Marlene Moore, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Our goal is to develop creative, critical thinkers who communicate effectively and who make a difference in their communities.”

In addition to academics, the guide highlights Willamette’s culture. Of the “varied, open-minded, and mature” student body, the profile says, “nearly every student is involved in more than one community and thus floats freely between groups, eliminating cliquishness.” 

Among the many co-curricular activities available at Willamette, students praised the university’s proximity to the Oregon Capitol and “ease” of getting internships. 

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide. Choices are based on institutional data collected about schools, visits, student feedback, guidebook staff opinions and a 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.  

The “Best in the West” schools were selected “mainly for their excellent academic programs” with additional consideration from student surveys, according to The Princeton Review publisher Robert Franek. 

Willamette has a long history of being included in Princeton Review's annual guide to the best colleges, and it also is named annually among the top tier of liberal arts universities by U.S. News & World Report

Learn more on The Princeton Review's website.