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

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    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.”

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    Top liberal arts college in the Northwest

    Washington Monthly ranked Willamette the top liberal arts college in the Northwest in its 2018 College Guide and Rankings. Schools are ranked based on their “contribution to the public good” in three areas: recruiting and graduating low-income students, producing cutting-edge scholarship through research and encouraging students to give back through service. Willamette is also ranked among western four-year colleges providing the “best bang for the buck.”

  • Fiske Guide 2019 Best Colleges and Universities

    One of the country’s best universities

    Willamette is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019,” which highlights the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Ireland. Willamette is praised as ”the place where you can grow as a student, leader, and person as you pursue your passions.”

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    U.S. News ranks Willamette among 2019’s “Best Colleges”

    U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University among the nation’s “Best Colleges” in 2019. The magazine’s ranking formula takes account of factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.

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    Willamette graduates top Teach for America list

    With seven alumni serving in Teach for America in 2018, Willamette University is tied for the most graduates for colleges with less than 3,000 students. This nationwide organization recruits promising leaders to teach for at least two years in low-income communities.

  • Peace Corps Top College

    Named No. 10 small school in nation for Peace Corps volunteers in 2018

    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, 345 Willamette alumni have joined its ranks.

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    The Princeton Review lauds Willamette’s academic caliber

    The 2019 edition of Princeton Review’s popular guidebook, “The Best 384 Colleges,” names Willamette University as one of the nation’s top colleges. Ranked as well among the nation’s environmentally friendly and sustainable colleges, Willamette is listed also as a “Best Western College” and a “College that Pays You Back.”

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    Willamette is a ‘hidden gem’ among universities nationwide

    College Raptor highlights Willamette University in several 2019 rankings including the 25 Best Colleges in the Northwest, Hidden Gems in the U.S. and Hidden Gems in the Northwest.

  • 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 2015 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

College of Law

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    Most Diverse Law Schools

    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.

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    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.

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    Best Schools for Small Law

    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

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    Willamette ranked in Poets&Quants Top 100 U.S. MBA programs

    Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management is the highest ranked MBA program in Oregon and one of only three 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.

  • Bloomberg Businessweek

    Businessweek ranks Willamette MBA a ‘Best Business School’

    For the fourth consecutive year, Bloomberg Businessweek named Willamette MBA a “Best Business School.” Willamette is the 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.

  • CEO magazine

    CEO Magazine names Willamette MBA a Tier 1 school for the second year in a row

    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

    The Princeton Review names Willamette MBA a 2018 Best Business School

    The Princeton Review named Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management as one of the most outstanding business schools in the country. Selections are based on statistical data provided by the institutions and surveys of 23,000 business students. According to survey answers, Willamette MBA is well known as a leader in the Pacific Northwest, producing “top-notch, innovative graduates.”

  • AACSB and NASPAA Accredited

    International Accreditation for Business Administration and Public Administration

    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.

  • Inc. Magazine

    10 Best Entrepreneurship Courses in the U.S.

    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

    10 Least Costly Private Business Schools

    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 2016–17 tuition and fees less than $45,000.

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    Forbes names Atkinson top MBA in Oregon for return on investment

    Willamette MBA has been recognized as a “top MBA program for return on investment” on Forbes magazine’s biannual “Best Business Schools” list. At number 54, Willamette is the top-ranked program in Oregon, advanced six spots from its 2015 ranking, and one of three programs in the Pacific Northwest to make the list.