National Recognition

Willamette University has been honored nationally for a wide range of accomplishments, from being a good value and preparing students for successful careers to showing leadership in sustainability and public service. Our students and faculty frequently earn some of the top scholarships and fellowships in the country for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.

College of Liberal Arts

  • Colleges That Change Lives

    Colleges That Change Lives

    Willamette University enriches students’ lives for the better, according to “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.”

    The national guide, which was first published in 1996, is designed as an aid for prospective college students and their parents. Content for the newest edition is base on school tours and candid assessments by students, professors and deans.

    According to the guide, “... Willamette is a rising star — a place that does its work well and has momentum to claim its rightful spot among the few colleges in this country that prioritize undergraduate education.”

  • U.S. News

    U.S. News includes Willamette among 2017’s “Best Colleges”

    U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University as the highest ranked liberal arts college in Oregon and among the top nationally in 2017’s “Best Colleges.” The magazine’s ranking formula takes account of factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.

  • Fiske Guide 2015 Best Colleges and Universities

    One of the country’s best universities

    Willamette is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018,” which highlights the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities. Willamette is praised as ”the place where you can grow as a student, leader, and person as you pursue your passions.”

  • Peace Corps Top College

    Named No. 6 small school in the nation for Peace Corps volunteers

    Willamette consistently ranks among the top small schools in the country for number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 330 Willamette alumni have joined its ranks.

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    Willamette ranked 12th in top green colleges

    The Princeton Review ranked Willamette University 12th in the top 50 green colleges of 2016.  More than 2,000 colleges were reviewed for their overall commitment to sustainability.

  • The Princeton Review Best 379 Colleges

    The Princeton Review lauds Willamette’s academic caliber

    Willamette University was named as one of the top universities for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review’s popular guidebook, “The Best 380 Colleges.”

    Ranked 12th among top green colleges, Willamette also placed 22nd on the “Impact Schools” list and was named a top private school, a “Best Western College” and a “College that Pays You Back.”

    As students note in the book, Willamette’s “learning opportunities outside of the classroom are endless.” Students describe professors as “incredible resources” and say that the campus environment “encourages growth and development.”

  • Honor Roll Presidential Awardee

    One of the nation’s best universities for exemplary service

    The Corporation for National and Community Service named Willamette to the 2015 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

College of Law

  • preLaw Magazine most diverse law schools 2017

    Most Diverse Law Schools

    PreLaw Magazine named Willamette University College of Law one of the most diverse law schools in January 2017. Willamette was one of 60 and the only Oregon school recognized. To compile the list, the editors used a formula that incorporated six categories: percentage of minority faculty; percentage of black students; percentage of Asian and Hawaiian students; percentage of Hispanic students; percentage of American Indian students; and percentage of Caucasian students.

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    Top Quartile Ranking: Moody’s Investor Service

    Willamette University College of Law has ranked first in Oregon and fifth among the West Coast’s 28 law schools for placing graduates in full-time, long-term, JD-required and JD-preferred jobs for the Class of 2013, according to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association. The statistics have propelled Willamette into the top quartile of a new nationwide law school ranking by Moody’s Investors Service released in May 2014.

  • national jurist

    Best Schools for Small Law

    Willamette University received an A+ rating from the National Jurist, placing Willamette’s School of Law alongside Stanford, Harvard and Yale.

Atkinson Graduate School of Management