Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

College rankings at a glance

A distillation of college rankings outcomes for the year:

It's About the 'Public Good'

Willamette earned high marks in Washington Monthly’s 2011 liberal arts college rankings. The university was ranked in the top ten nationwide for Peace Corps participation and community service, propelling Willamette to the 27th spot overall.

Washington Monthly ranks colleges “based on their contribution to the public good,” including factors such as service and scholarship. The university has been included in Washington Monthly's top 100 liberal arts colleges since 2006, the year official rankings began.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast also recognized the university’s service programs, jointly listing Willamette 12th nationally for “Most Service-Oriented.”

Beginning with Jump Start, the Office of Community Service Learning connects students to service opportunities. Willamette is regularly among the top producers for schools of its size for Peace Corps volunteers and is recognized nationally as a leader in sustainability and civic engagement.

The Usual Suspects

The College of Liberal Arts was again featured in two prominent college guides – Forbes’America’s Top Colleges” and Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Forbes ranked Willamette 15th in the West and in the top 100 overall. The ranking is largely based on return on investment, considering factors such as alumni pay and prominence, student satisfaction, debt, graduation rates and competitive awards.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges describes Willamette’s small classes and students’ close relationship with faculty. Willamette’s professors get "high marks for being amazing, engaging and supportive.”

Forbes on the MBA

Atkinson’s MBA program has been named to Forbes magazine’s bi-annual list of the top 75 “Best Business Schools” for 2011. Schools are included and ranked based on the return on investment experienced by graduates, which factors in placement statistics and average starting salaries. Willamette is the only school in Oregon to make Forbes’ 2011 list and is one of only two schools in the northwest.

The Value of Law

For the third straight year, Willamette University College of Law has been ranked a “Best Value law school” by PreLaw magazine. Of the 60 names on the list, Willamette was one of only three private schools.

The rankings take into account in-state tuition, debt load, bar passage and the percent of graduates employed nine months after graduation.

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.