Willamette University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Willamette University

Willamette is a small private institution situated in Salem, Oregon. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are supported by an 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Willamette Bears play in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. Popular sports include swimming, rowing, basketball, tennis, cross country, and Track & Field.


  • Total Enrollment: 2,472 (1,808 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42 percent Male/58 percent Female
  • 97 percent Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $52,074
  • Books: $990
  • Room and Board: $12,940
  • Other Expenses: $1,280
  • Total Cost: $67,284

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100 percent
    • Loans: 52 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,636
    • Loans: $6,861

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences; Physical Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 66 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 74 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Football, Golf, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer
  • Women’s Sports: Cross Country, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Swimming

Overview of Willamette University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 84 percent
  • Test Scores: 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 600/690
    • SAT Math: 570/660
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 25/30
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Willamette University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Willamette University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Willamette University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Hofstra University, Texas Christian University, Temple University, Auburn University, University of Arizona, Seton Hall University, University of Oklahoma

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Willamette University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Texas at Dallas, Stony Brook University, University of Connecticut, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, United States Military Academy

Applying to Willamette University

Application Deadline: January 15

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