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Willamette University
Salem, OR
Willamette, founded in 1842, is a church-affiliated university offering a collaborative learning environment and many opportunities for co-curricular development. The university aims to prepare thinkers, creators, and leaders for meaningful work in the public and private sectors, as well as admission to the finest graduate and professional schools. The college's tradition of service and its location adjacent to the state capitol facilitate internships, collaborative research, and other special projects that span a wide spectrum of academic interests. Its 72-acre campus is located in the center of Salem, 45 miles south of Portland.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,002
   Women 1,132 (56.5%)
   Men 870 (43.5%)
Graduate Students 663
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 78% of 6,181 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.93
SAT Math 605 average
540-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 610 average
560-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 27 average
18-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $59,767
  Tuition and Fees $47,217
  Room and Board $11,600
Average Percent of Need Met 82%
Average Freshman Award $37,016
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 217
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 20% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
Salem Population 160,614
Nearest Metropolitan Area Portland
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 68% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Bearcat
Sororities 20% of women participate
Fraternities 20% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.6% Asian
2.7% Black/African-American
13.4% Hispanic/Latino
9.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.5% White
2.8% Unknown
International Students 6.4% from 9 countries
First-Year Students Returning 85.6%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 70.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 19.0%