Students Visit Washington Colleges

On March 7, 2014, Willamette Academy students visited the University of Washington (UW), Seattle University (SU), and Portland State University (PSU). For many students, this was their first time traveling to the Seattle metropolitan and surrounding area. Both universities in Seattle caught Academy students’ attention quickly. Areas of interest at UW included the “large urban school” atmosphere, gothic inspired architecture, wide range of academic and study abroad opportunities and strong “UDub” community support.

In contrast, students enjoyed SU’s modern yet authentic appearance, Jesuit Catholic enrich influence in academia and community life, “small-school” atmosphere, and welcoming neighborhood. Both universities emphasized the importance of academically and socially challenging oneself in high schools by taking honor courses, Advanced Placements exams, and involvement in clubs or community service.

To round out the college visitation, students explored Oregon’s largest public institution in the downtown, upbeat city of Portland. A Willamette Academy Project Promise alumnae provided Academy students with a tour of the PSU.The visit featured a look at PSU’s student university center, resident halls, library and many others.

Jessenia Penida, a 5th year Academy student thought, “The trip gave me an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and explore out-of-state schools as possible college,” while Brian Blanco, a 3rd year student expressed, “I enjoyed going to the college visitation trip to the University of Washington and Seattle University because it helped me determine what to look for in a college.”