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Welcome to Willamette

CST faculty, staff and prospective students, we’re excited to welcome you to the Willamette community.

Welcome to Willamette

Here are resources to help you get to know the Salem area and the university as you prepare for your move.

This is Salem

Willamette University is in the heart of downtown Salem, Oregon’s capital city. In fact, we’re directly across the street from the State Capitol! This city of 163,480 is the epicenter of state government, law and business. Keizer, population 39,315, borders Salem to the north. The greater Salem metro area is home to more than 400,000.

Salem’s downtown district offers numerous restaurants, coffeehouses, theatres and shopping. We’re also within short walks or rides — Salem is bicycle friendly — of Bush’s Pasture Park and Riverfront Park. Salem also has a thriving arts, music and culture scene.

We’re in the heart of Oregon’s scenic Willamette Valley — a region known for its wineries, organic farms and Christmas trees. We’re an hour south of Portland, an hour east of the Oregon Coast and an hour west of the Cascade Range. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound.

Willamette’s campus also borders the historic First United Methodist Church of Salem and the Bahá'ís of Salem, Oregon. Many more faith communities are within walking distance of campus.

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Here are some links to resources to help you get to know more about Salem and Oregon.

This is Willamette University

First things first: Willamette is pronounced wil-LAM-et. As with any move, local names can present a fun challenge. Here’s a guide to 30 mispronounced words in Oregon.

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Founded in 1842, Willamette University is the first university established in the western U.S. Our motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” inspires our students, alumni, faculty and staff to help each other, our communities and our world.

Our beautiful campus features a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and graduate programs in the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. The Oregon State Capitol, just across the street, is our extended campus. Our partnership and co-location with Tokyo International University of America provides opportunities to explore international culture through social, language and living exchanges.

The guide Colleges That Change Lives recognizes Willamette as one of 40 schools where students experience rich intellectual and personal growth, thanks to dedicated professors and lively, diverse experiences in and out of the classroom. Our alumni include a Nobel Prize‐winning economist, corporate presidents and CEOs, top scholars, nationally recognized artists, 15 Oregon Supreme Court justices and numerous Fulbright Grant winners.

As you prepare to join our vibrant campus community, we encourage you to reach out to staff and faculty in offices and departments that interest you. Follow campus happenings on social media and our newsroom.

Below you’ll find links to more information about Willamette’s history, community and resources.