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 is among the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Fellows. Two professors from Willamette won Fulbright awards for 2012-13, making Willamette one of two Oregon schools in the listing of top universities.
In addition, fifteen Willamette students and alumni have received Fulbright grants in the past five years. Under the Fulbright program, American students are offered grants to study, teach English or conduct research in more than 150 countries.
Washington Monthly has named Willamette University as the 25th most affordable liberal arts school in the nation in 2013. Willamette scored the highest among liberal arts colleges in Oregon for getting the “best bang for your buck.” According to the magazine, the listing measures “colleges in America that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students gain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”
U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University as the highest ranked liberal arts college in Oregon and among the top nationally in “Best Colleges 2014.” 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.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Willamette among the best values in private liberal arts colleges nationwide for combining "outstanding quality with affordability." Willamette is ranked 85th nationally. The list considers criteria such as average student debt, standardized test scores, students per faculty, graduation rate and net price.
Willamette is featured in the 2014 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 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. In 2009, Willamette was one of only six colleges and universities nationwide to earn the Presidential Award, the honor roll's highest award. Willamette students, faculty and staff volunteer about 149,000 hours annually.
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 378 Colleges.”
In the 2014 edition, Willamette was ranked 16th in the nation for providing the best health services, and scored exceptionally high for academics with 95 of a possible 99 points.
As students noted in the book, Willamette professors are “very willing to help students find internships, jobs and research opportunities.” The environment “encourages growth and development, both inside and outside the classroom,” and students fill their time with “philanthropic events, house parties or outdoor trips.”
Willamette also was featured in 2010 as one of 100 Best Value Colleges. The primary areas of consideration were academic quality, cost of attendance and financial aid.
College of Law
For the third straight year, Willamette University College of Law ranked among the Best Value Law Schools in the U.S. in PreLaw magazine. The schools on the list “carry a low price tag and are able to prepare their students incredibly well for today’s competitive job market.” In 2011, the College of Law was the only law school in Oregon on the "Best Value" list and was one of only two "honor roll" schools in California and the Pacific Northwest.
Willamette's College of Law earned recognition as one of the "Top Green Law Schools" by The National Jurist. Willamette earned a cum laude rating, and was one of 21 schools mentioned in the article. Schools were evaluated on green practices, campus environment, building trends and curriculum.
In 2012, the magazine also ranked Willamette's College of Law as 12th in the nation for best preparing students to pass the bar exam. The magazine evaluated 191 U.S. law schools, and Willamette ranked higher than any other school in Oregon.
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
The Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes recognized MBA programs committed to ethics, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Willamette’s MBA was ranked #23 in the world in 2011 and was among the top 10 for its business impact — which measured how courses prepared students to lead for-profit businesses that improved social and environmental conditions.
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.
Graduate School of Education
Willamette’s Graduate School of Education has earned initial accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, a body that sets rigorous profession standards for teacher education programs.