This page provides some basic information you will need as you plan for your MBA education at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management. We will keep you up-to-date and informed throughout the coming months.
Be sure to contact us with your questions. Call 503-370-6167 (toll free within the U.S. at 1-866-MBA-AGSM) or email Betsy at email@example.com.
The entire Atkinson School community congratulates you on your admission to the Willamette MBA program and encourages you to join us for a career-building and life-changing experience.
Associate Dean and Director of Admission
Director of Recruitment
Learn More About the Willamette MBA
- Read our Spring 2015 Newsletter
- Read the article "Willamette MBA Ranked Oregon's Top MBA by Businessweek 2014"
- Read the Fall 2014 Newsletter.
- Watch this webinar video featuring program information and and a conversation with three of our Willamette MBA faculty members. Get to know Professors Larry Ettner (PACE, Leadership, Ethics, Social Responsibility), Tim Johnson (Politics for Managers, Public Policy) and Ashley Nixon (Managing Organizations, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior) as they discuss teaching at the Willamette MBA program and the unique opportunities the Willamette learning experience brings to your education!
- Download a PDF version of the Early Career and Career Change viewbook
- Learn about the Atkinson School Honor Code
- Download the most recent Dean's report: "Celebrating 40 Years of Exceptional Management Education"
- Download the previous Dean's reports:"Transformation - The MBA as A Springboard,""Innovation, Imagination, Ideas, Impact" and "People, Planet and Profits"
- Read recent editions of Atkinson News - the newsletter about faculty, students, alumni and events
Reserve Your Place in the Incoming Class of 2015
To confirm your place in the entering class of 2015, be sure to submit the Acceptance of Admission form enclosed with your letter of admission and pay your $200 deposit to the Willamette University MBA program by your deposit date.
You may also choose to pay your $200 deposit by check made out to Willamette University. If you pay by check, mail your check with your completed Acceptance of Admission form to: Director of Admission, Willamette University MBA, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301
Your deposit and Acceptance of Admission form reserve your place in the incoming class of August 2014. The deposit will be applied toward your tuition billing for fall semester 2014. Deposits are not refundable.
If you need more time to make your decision, email Judy O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for an extension of your deposit date. If you decide not to attend the Willamette MBA, please notify Judy O'Neill.
Your Willamette University Student Identification Number
Your will receive your Willamette University Student Identification Number in an email from Judy O'Neill within a few days of your admission email. You may be asked for your ID number when working with many campus offices because it will expedite their ability to rapidly access your records. You will also need your ID number to complete the online form for paying your deposit by credit card. Your ID number is private information, so you should not share your ID number with people other than Willamette University employees.
Estimated Academic Calendar for 2015 - 2016
Fall Semester 2015 will begin on Tuesday, August 18th, with Compass Week. Compass Week is required for all new students. New students should plan to arrive in Salem between August 1st and August 13th (or before) so you have time to get settled and rested before school starts. A fun and optional presession will be available on Friday, August 14th.
Fall Semester 2015
|Optional Presession Program||August 14|
|Fall Semester Begins||August 18|
|End of Fall Semester||December 18|
Spring Semester 2016
|First Day of Spring Semester||January 18|
|End of Semester||May 10|
|Commencement for Graduating Class of 2016||May 15|
The Visa Process and Studying in the United States
You will find helpful information about the visa process and studying in the US at "Studying in the States." In addition, here are links to answers to common questions about the visa process. If you have questions, be sure to contact us!
"I've Been Accepted"
"Paying Your I-901 Sevis Fee"
"Applying for a Visa to Travel to the United States"
"How Should I Prepare for My Trip to the United States"
An Atkinson School student will pick you up at Portland International Airport (PDX) when you arrive for Willamette's fall semester 2015. Our arrival student liaisons will bring you to Salem, help you find a place to live, start your bank account, etc. We will provide more information about our Arrival Liaison Program and International Student Orientation programs early in the summer of 2015.
International Student Advisor
Christine Andresen, Associate Director of International Education, is your international student advisor. Contact Chris with questions about visa, immigration or health insurance issues. Email email@example.com or call 503-375-5404.
Tuition for 2015-2016
Willamette University provides an exceptional MBA education at a manageable cost. Forbes magazine ranks the Willamette MBA as one of the top 75 MBA programs in the U.S. for Return on Investment (ROI) and U.S. News.com recently listed the Willamette MBA program as one of the 10 least expensive private college/university MBA programs in the U.S.
Tuition for 2015-16 for students enrolled full-time in the MBA program for early career and career change students (includes MBA, JD/MBA, BA/MBA and Accelerated) will be $37,600 for the academic year ($18,800 for fall semester 2015 and $18,800 for spring semester 2016).
Tuition generally increases approximately 4% to 5% each year. There is also an additional second year of fee of $50 for renting graduation regalia.
For full information about estimated expenses (tuition, fees, living expenses, etc) see http://www.willamette.edu/mba/full-time/tuition/index.html
Financial Aid - Educational Loans
Educational loans are the most common source of funding for MBA students in the United States. Educational loans may be available from your home country or from private credit-based loan programs in the United States.
Private credit-based educational loans from U.S. organizations require a co-signer who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. If you are interested in a U.S. private loan and have a U.S. cosigner, email Shannon Woods, Willamette University Senior Financial Aid Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs to consider are: Discover MBA Loans at https://www.discover.com/student-loans/mba-student-loans.html, SallieMae International Student Loans at http://www.salliemae.com/international/non_us_students/, CitiAssist Loan for Graduate Students http://studentloan.citibank.com/slcsite/fr_apnow.htm, and Bank of America International Student Loan: http://www.bankofamerica.com/studentbanking/index.cfm?template=stb_studentloans_privateloans_bofa_loans.cfm
Education loans may also be available from organizations based in your home country or from your government.
Students from India may want to review the following educational loan program: http://www.credila.com/
If you have questions about loan programs, contact Shanan Woods, Willamette University Senior Financial Aid Counselor, at email@example.com, call toll free at 1-877-744-3736 or call 503-370-6273.
Financial Aid - Merit-Based Scholarships
Merit-based scholarships are awarded to approximately 60% of full-time Early Career MBA and MBA for Career Change students. Scholarships are merit-based and announced in your letter of admission. Applicants who did not receive a scholarship or are interested in increasing their scholarship will generally be asked to retake the GMAT or the GRE, because that is the one part of an applicant's credentials that can easily change. If you are interested in retaking the GMAT or GRE, be sure to contact Judy O'Neill and submit your new GMAT or GRE scores to the admission office by June 15, 2015. If your GMAT or GRE score increases, your eligibility for scholarship assistance can be reevaluated.
Fifty percent of a scholarship award for the academic year is dispersed for fall semester and 50% is dispersed for spring semester. Scholarship awards are not available for summer semester.
Additional scholarship opportunities for second year students include a selection of competitive scholarships that recognize characteristics such as entrepreneurship, academic achievement, leadership, service, and initiative. Our MBA students apply for these scholarships during the spring semester of the first year of study.
Renewal of Scholarships - Atkinson School MBA scholarships are generally renewable for the second year of study if the MBA student meets all of the following requirements: 1) achieves a minimum MBA cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (B+) by the end of the first academic year of study; 2) maintains full-time enrollment in the Early Career and Career Change MBA program; 3) passes IKEW during spring semester of the first year; and 4) maintains good standing within the academic policies and expectations of conduct of the Atkinson School and Willamette University.
Students who do not meet all of the requirements for renewal of their scholarship may appeal the renewal of their scholarship to the Associate Dean/Director of Admission who will consult with the Dean in making all appeal decisions.
MBA/JD joint degree students who receive scholarship assistance from the MBA program will receive the scholarship only during the first academic year in which they are enrolled full-time in the MBA program.
Save on Exchange Rates and Bank Transfer Fees
Willamette University partners with peerTransfer to save international students money on exchange rates and bank fees involved in their payment processes. Using peerTransfer can save students up to $1500 a year. peerTransfer also provides great 24 hour multi-lingual customer support (phone, email, Skype, and chat), quick service, and the opportunity to easily track your payment.
Learn more about peerTransfer at http://peertransfer.com/ and see a comparison of the costs you will have from peerTransfer versus a typical bank. If you want to use peerTransfer you can access Willamette's page at https://peertransfer.com/school/willamette.
All Willamette MBA students are required to have a laptop computer. In some classes you will use your laptop extensively; in others periodically or minimally. Minimum required laptop specifications are listed below.
* 802.11b or 802.11g wireless LAN capability
* Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
* RAM of 2G
Some courses require Windows only software applications that are not available for Mac. In these cases, students will need to provide their own access to an appropriate windows based laptop. In other cases, windows based software is available for Apple OS X Intel based laptops (MacBook and MacPro) that are set up to support the Windows operating system. However, the cost to purchase Windows operating system software and license are the responsibility of the student.
If you intend to use a laptop provided by an organization or employer for your MBA course work, be sure the laptop administration is NOT restricted by the organization's IT department. You may be required to install software, make network changes, or make other system configuration changes to your laptop. Laptops with administration lock down or that are only partially configurable will not meet the requirements of this program.
Willamette MBA students generally live off-campus. Check our Google map for recommendations from students about housing near campus.
There are additional off-campus housing resources available here. We will provide additional and updated information in early summer 2015.
Other resources for information include the Statesman Journal (Classified Ad) and Craigslist
Willamette University provides some on-campus housing for graduate students for fall semester 2015. If you are interested in living on-campus, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve an on-campus apartment.
All students enrolled in 4.5 credits or more are required to have health insurance. You will not be required to purchase the Willamette Student Insurance Plan if you are covered by a comparable health insurance plan.
Complete information about health insurance for International students is available online.
Accessible Education Services
The mission of the Willamette University Accessible Education Services office is to facilitate reasonable accommodations for those students with a qualifying disability or temporary medical condition and to provide academic assistance on an individual basis to any undergraduate or graduate student who requests it. Admitted applicants desiring information regarding Accessible Education Services for Willamette MBA students may go to www.willamette.edu/offices/accessibility and follow the procedures listed. Students who have a documented disability requiring accommodation should contact the Accessible Education Services office at 503-370-6471.
Communicate with an MBA Student, Faculty Member or Alumnus
If you would like to communicate with an MBA School student, faculty member and/or alumnus, we will be happy to connect you! To request contact, just email email@example.com.
Changes in Your Mailing Address, Email Address or Telephone Number
If you have a change in your mailing address, email address or telephone number, be sure to tell us so we can continue to keep you informed of important information. Email changes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Admitted students may defer their enrollment for up to one year. Deferment applies to admission only and does not defer scholarship awards or financial aid.
WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY
|Atkinson School -- Admission Office|
Associate Dean and
|Director of Recruitment||Aimee Akimoff
|MBA Recruiter and Admission Counselor||Matt Alex
|Admitted Student Web Page||www.willamette.edu/mba/admission/admitted|
|Mailing Address||Admission Office
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
|International Student Advising|
Associate Director of International Education
|Financial Aid Office|
Senior Financial Aid Counselor
|Mailing Address||Financial Aid Office
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
|On-Campus Housing – Housing and Conferences Office
|Accessible Education Services|
WEB RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT OREGON, SALEM AND PORTLAND
Links to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest:
- Travel Oregon Online - regional activities and tourist information
- Welcome to Oregon - A collection of Oregon links and information
- Travel Guide - Oregon - NY Times
- Oregon.com - a great collection of information sorted by interest
- Oregon - 50 States.com
- Oregon Highways - information about Oregon and links to other areas of the Pacific Northwest
- Oregon Live - news, information and links
- Pictures of Oregon - pictures of Oregon and Washington
- Pictures of the Oregon Coast - a collection of photographs featuring the Oregon coast
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Links to Salem, Oregon:
- Travel Salem - a great guide to Salem
- City of Salem - the City of Salem's web site
- Pretty as a Postcard - Photos of the Salem area
- Salem Chamber Of Commerce - quick answers to frequent questions about Salem
- Salem Visitor Center - information regarding the greater Salem area
- Statesman Journal Online - the website of the Salem Statesman Journal
- Weather Forecast for Salem
Links to Portland, Oregon:
- Portland City Search - news, events, visitor information
- Portland Online - official web site of the City of Portland
- Travel Portland - Portland Visitors Association - things to see and do
- Welcome to Portland - a collection of Portland links and information
- Discover Portland - information for travelers
- Trip Advisor - Portland
- Portland International Airport