Life at Willamette

Willamette University — and Salem, Oregon — provide a perfect home away from home.

Willamette offers more than 100 student clubs, in addition to numerous athletic, leadership and service opportunities — and if you still can't find one that fits you, it's easy to start your own. With so many opportunities for fun and friends on campus, you may not want to leave.

Just steps from Willamette’s campus is also a city center worth exploring. Salem is Oregon’s capital and second-largest city. Nicknamed the Cherry City, it’s in the heart of Oregon’s fertile and beautiful Willamette Valley. It’s also just an hour away from diverse outdoor adventures at the coast and in the mountains, as well as from the city of Portland.

About Salem

  • Population: 152,000
  • Annual precipitation: 39.2 inches (similar to New York, Chicago and Houston)
  • Learn more: Travel Salem and Travel Oregon

Student Activities

Our rich array of co-curricular activities, including more than 100 clubs and organizations, rivals that of much larger universities.

Join the club(s)

Campus Recreation

Willamette's Campus Recreation department includes intramurals, the Outdoor Program, fitness classes and more.

Ready, set, play

Athletics

Willamette students are zealous about sports, from Division III athletics on 19 varsity teams.

Join a team

Arts for Everyone

Willamette's Hallie Ford Museum of Art and its music and theatre programs provide numerous ways to enjoy the arts or to express yourself.

Experience the Arts

Sustainability at Willamette

Our students lead the way in our community’s efforts to envision the future of humankind as a sustainable enterprise through scholarship and hands-on projects, including at our outdoor laboratory at Zena.

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Jump Start

Before orientation, get to know your new home by exploring the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest or lending a helping hand in your new community.

Explore Orientation Programs