Small size, return on investment touted among Willamette's strengths

Willamette’s College of Liberal Arts is included in two prominent college guides — Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” and Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Forbes ranked Willamette 90th overall, up six spots from last year. The ranking of the best 650 undergraduate institutions was largely based on return on investment — considering factors such as alumni pay and prominence, student satisfaction, debt, graduation rates and competitive awards.

The Fiske Guide, which examined more than 300 of the “country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities,” described Willamette’s small classes and students’ close relationships with faculty. Willamette’s professors got “high marks for being amazing, engaging and supportive.”

Campus life was also praised in the Fiske guide, including student feedback about food, dorms and Willamette’s wide-variety of clubs and activities — including robust study abroad programs:

“There are few other schools where I would have the support, attention and opportunities to enjoy my two majors, study abroad for a semester, intern for a legislator, work on campus, volunteer in the community, participate in the Greek system, and graduate in four years with 300 equally involved and committed students,” noted one student.