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.”
Willamette University is a high producer of U.S. Fulbright Fellows and Fulbright Scholars. Through the program, American students, academics and professionals are offered grants to study, teach or conduct research around the world.
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.”
Forbes ranks Willamette among best schools in the West, best private schools in the nation and best value colleges. 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.”
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 330 Willamette alumni have joined its ranks.
The Princeton Review ranked Willamette University 12th in the top 50 green colleges of 2016. More than 2,000 colleges were reviewed for their overall commitment to sustainability.
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.”
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.
College of Law
PreLaw Magazine named Willamette University College of Law one of the most diverse law schools in January 2017. Willamette was one of 60 and the only Oregon school recognized. To compile the list, the editors used a formula that incorporated six categories: percentage of minority faculty; percentage of black students; percentage of Asian and Hawaiian students; percentage of Hispanic students; percentage of American Indian students; and percentage of Caucasian students.
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.
Willamette University received an A+ rating from the National Jurist, placing Willamette’s School of Law alongside Stanford, Harvard and Yale.
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
For the third consecutive year, Bloomberg Businessweek named Willamette MBA a “Best Business School.” Willamette’s is top-listed program in Oregon and one of only three in the Northwest. Rankings are based on a number of elements including student satisfaction, alumni success, employer feedback and faculty expertise.
Rankings are based on quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, instructor-student ratio and a number of other “fact-based criteria.” During the 2016–17 academic year, Willamette MBA was also recognized by Businessweek, Princeton Review and Poets&Quants.
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.
Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management is one of only two schools in the Pacific Northwest on the list. Poets&Quants scores programs by combining scores from the world’s five most influential business-school rankings into one comprehensive, composite score for each school.
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.