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The Willamette motto — “Not unto ourselves alone are we born” — isn’t a phrase gathering dust on our university seal. It inspires and guides us in unique ways, shaping the lives of our community members.

In their first days at Willamette, our students discover they are not alone. They are part of a community that shares inspiration and ideas, one that uses discoveries to improve the world around them. They connect to the world through internships at the Oregon State Capitol just across the street, expansive research opportunities and career communities that provide strong support for exploring opportunities after graduation.

Our graduates never forget this lesson, entering the world as confident, self-directed and engaged global citizens. They use the lessons they learned at Willamette to follow their passions. Their successes in life and in their careers are among the reasons we are one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.”

Why Willamette

Why Willamette?

Powerful proximity to the Oregon State Capitol, dual-degree programs and unique global partnerships are just the start. Find out what makes Willamette a place like no other.

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Majors & Programs

We offer academic programs in the humanities, fine and performing arts, social sciences, STEM disciplines and pre-professional fields — as well as unique dual-degree programs, including with our graduate schools of law and management.

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The best way to see our community in action is in person. Plan ahead so we can customize your on-campus visit experience, or reserve your spot at one of our upcoming events.

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In conversation with Amarit Ubhi ’20

Budding public servant Amarit Ubhi ’20 spent the summer working in the Oregon governor’s office.

Amarit Ubhi ’20 holds photo of self with Gov. Kate Brown
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Willamette celebrates 30th class of American Studies Program

The students who made a positive impact on the university and Salem communities returned to Japan and other home countries.

Mai Hiwatashi speaks at podium
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Students build real-world skills in work with senior citizens

Exercise science class explores the physical changes that accompany aging.

Student and senior citizen