Willamette University — and Salem, Oregon — provide a perfect home away from home, whether you’re taking advantage of all the lively activities on campus or exploring the vibrant community around us. We’re also right in the middle of the Pacific Northwest’s natural playground.
Here's a glimpse of life as a Willamette student.
Life Begins on Campus
The life of the Willamette student is active, thought-provoking, focused on community and fun — in the classroom and out. You’ll find so many chances for entertainment on campus that you may never want to leave.
Salem: A Vibrant Community
Salem, Oregon’s capital, is large enough to provide everything you need, yet small enough to make exploration easy. We’re in the heart of the Willamette Valley — a region known for its organic farms and wineries — and only 48 miles south of Portland, an urban cultural and economic hub.
- Population: 152,000
- Nickname: Cherry City
- Annual precipitation: 39.2 inches (similar to New York, Chicago and Houston)
- Learn more: Travel Salem
Gorgeous forests, rivers, mountains and coastline nearby. Commitment to the environment and sustainability. A relaxed, creative and civic-minded culture. Vibrant arts and music scenes. Coffee shops on almost every block. Willamette students enjoy all the benefits of the Pacific Northwest.