Willamette takes top honors in The Princeton Review's college guide

Best Western College.

Best for Health Services.

Most Popular Study-Abroad Program.

According to the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review’s popular guidebook, “The Best 377 Colleges,” Willamette University is named on all three lists — in addition to being one of the country’s best universities for undergraduate education.

"Willamette challenges enterprising, high-achieving students through personalized learning experiences that prepare them to transform knowledge into action," says Marlene Moore, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "True to our Pacific Northwest heritage, our culture fosters creative, independent thinking and new approaches to complex issues."

According to the guide, Willamette scored exceptionally well for academics with 93 of a possible 99 points.

In addition, the university offers “serious academics without the snobbery,” it “cultivates a strong feeling of community” throughout its academic programs, and Willamette’s professors are “dedicated to what they teach and are genuinely interested in helping students learn.”

Willamette has a long history of being included in Princeton Review’s annual guide to the best colleges, which includes 62 rankings lists. Each list is based on surveys of 122,000 students during the last school year. Students answered 80 questions about academics, administration, campus life, the student body and themselves.

Besides academics, the guide highlights Willamette’s culture — noting its many community service, internship and on-campus job options.