Willamette University has been honored nationally for a wide range of accomplishments, from being a good value and preparing students for successful careers to showing leadership in sustainability and public service. Our students and faculty frequently earn some of the top scholarships and fellowships in the country for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.
College of Liberal Arts
Willamette University enriches students’ lives for the better, according to “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.”
The national guide, which was first published in 1996, is designed as an aid for prospective college students and their parents. Content for the newest edition is base on school tours and candid assessments by students, professors and deans.
According to the guide, "...Willamette is a rising star — a place that does its work well and has momentum to claim its rightful spot among the few colleges in this country that prioritize undergraduate education.”
Among the high producers of Fulbright Fellows
Willamette University is a high producer of U.S. Fulbright Fellows. In the past five years, more than 15 Willamette students and alumni have received Fulbright grants. Under the Fulbright program, American students are offered grants to study, teach English or conduct research in more than 150 countries.
Forbes ranked Willamette as the 24th best school in the West and the 111th best private school in the nation in 2015. The ranking "focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt."
U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University as the highest ranked liberal arts college in Oregon and among the top nationally in 2016's “Best Colleges.” The magazine’s ranking formula takes account of factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.
Willamette is featured in the 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges, which highlights the country's best and most interesting colleges and universities. Willamette's professors get "high marks for being amazing, engaging and supportive."
The Corporation for National and Community Service named Willamette to the 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Willamette consistently ranks among the top small schools in the country for number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 300 Willamette alumni have joined its ranks.
Willamette University was named as one of the top universities for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review’s popular guidebook, “The Best 380 Colleges.”
Ranked 13th among environmentally friendly and sustainable colleges, Willamette scored all possible 99 points. It also placed fourth on the “Impact Schools” list, and it was named a top private school, a “Best Western College” and a “College that Pays You Back.”
As students note in the book, Willamette’s “learning opportunities outside of the classroom are endless.” Students describe professors as “incredible resources” and say that the campus environment “encourages growth and development.”
College of Law
Willamette University College of Law has ranked first in Oregon and fifth among the West Coast’s 28 law schools for placing graduates in full-time, long-term, JD-required and JD-preferred jobs for the Class of 2013, according to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association. The statistics have propelled Willamette into the top quartile of a new nationwide law school ranking by Moody’s Investors Service released in May 2014.
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Bloomberg Businessweek's 2014 business school rankings named Willamette's MBA program a "top business school." The Willamette MBA is the only program listed in Oregon and one of only two in the Pacific Northwest.
The Princeton Review named Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management a Top 15 Program for Preparing Students for Marketing. The ranking is based on a survey of 19,000 students worldwide.
The Willamette MBA program is also among the Princeton Review’s Best 301 Business Schools.
The Willamette MBA program is only one of two programs worldwide to hold dual accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (also known as NASPAA). Both accreditation agencies represent the highest standards of excellence in graduate management education. Less than 10% of schools of management and business achieve AACSB International accreditation.
Inc. magazine named the Willamette MBA’s New Ventures to Market and Angel Investing courses among the top 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the U.S. Each course emphasizes experiential and consequential learning, where students have the opportunity to invest in real start-ups and develop their own entrepreneurial ventures.
US News and World Report named the Willamette MBA program among the 10 least expensive private MBA programs in the U.S. The list profiled ten private universities delivering high quality, personalized education with tuition levels under $40,000.