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    By placing students at the heart of a college campus we demystify the college experience and educate students to navigate the barriers they may face.

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    We inspire a cohort of students through shared experiences and a network of support to see themselves as college bound.

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    Students find empowerment in their voice as leaders in their school and community with the agency to promote social justice, equity, and access.

Welcome to Willamette Academy

Willamette Academy reaches out to historically underrepresented communities by empowering youth who have the desire and potential to advance to higher education.

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Willamette Academy is a college access program at Willamette University that serves students by providing additional support outside of school through mentoring, tutoring, monthly Saturday sessions and a summer camp.

We serve Salem-Keizer School District 8th- through 12th-graders from populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education: low-income, people of color, recent immigrants or first-generation college students.

In addition, we help our students overcome issues such as a lack of knowledge about high school requirements and unfamiliarity with the college application and financial aid processes.

By cultivating in our students both a love of learning and confidence, we guide them on a path to a four-year college or university of their choice — and a brighter future.

Our 15th Year

Thank you students, families, staff, and volunteers for an incredible year together!


WA Graduation

Congratulations to our 27 graduating seniors this year!

Our students will be attending Stanford, Pomona, Willamette, Oregon State, Oregon, Portland State, Warner Pacific, & Chemeketa!

Summer Camp Dates

12th Grade Camp:

June 21 - July 2

8th Grade Camp:

June 25 - July 1

9th Grade Camp:

June 26 - July 1

10th/11th Grade Camp:

July 10-18