Willamette University provides rigorous education in the liberal arts and selected professional fields. Teaching and learning, strengthened by scholarship and service, flourish in a vibrant campus community. A Willamette education prepares graduates to transform knowledge into action and lead lives of achievement, contribution and meaning.
Influenced by its historic roots in The United Methodist Church, Willamette University is an independent, nonsectarian institution that embraces:
- the dignity and worth of all individuals;
- a commitment to diversity, service, leadership, and sustainability in communities and professions;
- the ethical and spiritual dimension of education; and
- education as a lifelong process of discovery, delight, and growth, the hallmark of a humane life.
Non nobis solum nati sumus — Not unto ourselves alone are we born
Throughout Willamette’s history, our motto has meant much more than valuing community service. The motto asks us to develop our full potential and to use our talents and abilities to engage meaningfully with the world.
Our motto resonates deeply in the life of our community, across all campus programs and with generations of alumni. We focus our talents and resources on preparing students for meaningful lives of personal and professional achievement and civic contribution.