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Parents & Families of Prospective Undergraduates

A Willamette education is special. So are the students who come here. Our community is close-knit, collaborative, and engaged. We value individuality and want to get to know your student as a person, as a scholar, and as a leader of their own life.

As a parent or family member, you care deeply about your student’s future. So do we — and we’ve created a learning environment where meaningful careers take root and life-changing relationships flourish.

Whether they’re exploring their interests on campus or across the globe, your student will connect with peers who expect the best from themselves and each other. They’ll also engage with educators who stimulate their intellect and support their most ambitious aspirations.

We’ll create a personalized pathway for your student, and we view you as a valued partner. Explore the resources below, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

We Prepare Them for the Future

We're dedicated to preparing your student to create the future they want. Our experiential learning opportunities go beyond the classroom so students can turn knowledge into practice and gain the experience they need to start fulfilling careers.

We're Committed to Their Success

Our systems of student support are as rigorous as our academics. Our faculty are dedicated teachers and mentors and our students are collaborators who work together for success. At Willamette, your student will find a close-knit community ready to help them along.

The Breakdown

We've got the numbers. Take a closer look at our stats to see how we stack up.

  • Graduates Who Complete in Four Years

    Average Mid-Career Salary

    Students to Faculty

    In the Nation for Student/Faculty Interaction

We Keep Them Well

The health, happiness, and safety of our students is of utmost importance. Our campus is safe. Our support services are abundant. And our opportunities for wellness are as varied as our students are.

Unique Opportunities

Dual Degrees


Your time is valuable. Fast track your degree.

Global Programs


Make global connections now and learn to operate with tomorrow's international perspective.



In an interconnected world, sustainability is essential. Think ecologically.

Distinguished Faculty


Optimize your mind. Learn from the best.

Guiding Your Student

Learn about the application process so you can help your student make the choice that's right for them.

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Key Dates

Keep up-to-date with our application deadlines. We know it’s a big decision, which is why we offer multiple options to best fit your situation.

Early Action (Non-binding)

  • Application Due
  • Admission Decision
  • Enrollment Deposit Due

Early Decision (Binding)

  • Application Due
  • Admission Decision
  • Enrollment Deposit Due

Regular (Non-binding)

  • Application Due
  • Admission Decision
  • Enrollment Deposit Due
Binding: You've committed to enroll if offered a place Non-binding: You can decide on the regular enrollment calendar
Parent Engagement

Get Involved

Find out how to stay connected through events and volunteer opportunities with the Office of Parent Engagement.

Parent Engagement
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  • 1859

    First Graduate

    In a time when women were frequently barred from college, Emily York is Willamette's first graduate.

  • 1976

    Female political pioneer

    Trailblazer Norma Paulus advanced women's rights, education and environmental protection. In 1976, she became Oregon's first female secretary of state.

  • 1997

    Special Teams

    Liz Heaston was the first female to play and score in a college football game. Since 1997, Willamette has had two more female kickers.

  • 1935

    First Black graduate

    George Cannady was a Senior Scholar who was involved in football and track. He later became an attorney in Los Angeles.

  • 2017

    Resilience Baked In

    Carina Corner has grown through her experiences of cancer and navigating a sighted-world as a blind person. She's founded a Scandinavian-inspired, vegan bakery in Beaverton where she employs people with disabilities.


Office of Admission

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
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