Our Unique Location
Willamette University is located in Salem, Oregon (population 135,000). Salem is Oregon's capital city and a hub of the I-5 business/technology/government corridor. Salem offers a lifestyle that is friendly, uncomplicated and inexpensive compared to the larger cities of the West.
The downtown area is a short walk from campus, offering major department stores, small locally owned shops and boutiques, traditional and ethnic restaurants, coffee houses and movie theaters. Life in Salem is pleasant and only as fast-paced as you want it to be. This manageable pace and relaxed atmosphere enables you to focus your energies on success in your graduate program.
Graduate students find pleasure in the region's beautiful natural environment and close opportunities for big-city excitement. An extraordinary variety of activities are within a short drive of Salem. Students can ski the Cascade Mountains, enjoy the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, hike and mountain bike the Willamette National Forest, fish, windsurf and hike the Columbia River Gorge - or explore the urban and cultural offerings of the Portland metropolitan area - all within an hour or two of campus.
Salem is a wonderful place to continue your education with opportunities for practical experience with the many businesses nearby, the local government across the street and the second largest school district in the state.