National Recognition

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

  • Colleges That Change Lives

    Colleges That Change Lives

    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.”

  • Fulbright Scholars

    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

    Forbes ranks Willamette among America’s top colleges

    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

    U.S. News includes Willamette among 2015's “Best Colleges”

    U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University as the highest ranked liberal arts college in Oregon and among the top nationally in 2015's “Best Colleges.” The magazine’s ranking formula takes account of factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.

    U.S. News also named Willamette among the top 11 up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2011 for making the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty and student life.

  • Fiske Guide 2015 Best Colleges and Universities

    One of the country's best universities

    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."

  • Honor Roll Presidential Awardee

    One of the nation's best universities for exemplary service

    The Corporation for National and Community Service named Willamette to the 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

  • Peace Corps Top College

    Among the top 25 small schools for Peace Corps volunteers

    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.

  • The Princeton Review Best 379 Colleges

    The Princeton Review lauds Willamette's academic caliber

    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

  • job placement

    Top Quartile Ranking: Moody’s Investor Service

    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.

  • National Jurist

    Increased employment rates: The National Jurist

    Willamette University College of Law leads all law schools in improving graduate employment rates according to a new study by The National Jurist, a national news source on legal education.

Atkinson Graduate School of Management