U.S. News ranks Willamette among “Best Colleges 2012”

U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University among leading liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking the university 57th overall in "Best Colleges 2012."

Editors highlight the many co-curricular opportunities available at the university, including the ability to learn Japanese language and culture through Willamette’s relationship with Tokyo International University of America.  

“Studying abroad is a very popular academic choice for many students at the university,” notes U.S. News. “More than half of the student body studies abroad during their college career.”

The magazine's ranking formula considers factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.

Consistent with past U.S. News rankings, inclusion in the “Best Colleges 2012” follows several recent national accolades for Willamette University, including being featured among the nation's top tier of liberal arts colleges in the latest editions of The Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges," Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" and Washington Monthly's "College Guide."

Highlights of the U.S. News undergraduate college rankings will be published in the magazine's September issue and are available online at