Salem is home

Our Community

For more than 160 years, Willamette University has called Salem home while quietly going about the important business of educating bright young minds and cultivating the next generation of thinkers, creators and leaders.

As Oregon’s state capital and home to beautiful parks and a historic downtown, Salem gives the University community the opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life. In turn, Willamette enriches the community with cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities and with abundant volunteerism and community service. As one of the area’s major employers, Willamette is also an important player in the local economy and, as such, contributes leadership, support and resources to worthy community initiatives.

The futures of Salem and of Willamette University are inextricably linked. This information highlights a few aspects of this important community partnership.

Contributing to the Salem community in three primary areas:

  1. the economic impact of Willamette as an employer on the area economy;
  2. how much Willamette adds to Salem's quality of life through educational, cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities; and
  3. how much Willamette students, faculty and staff contribute to our quality of life through philanthropy, service and volunteerism.