Admitted International Students

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 Alex at

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.


Alex Subert
Senior Assistant Dean and Director of Admission
Juliet Valdez
Director of Recruitment

Learn More About the Willamette MBA

Reserve Your Place in the Incoming Class

To confirm your place in the entering class, 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 pay your $200 deposit by credit card via our online deposit form. If you pay online, please email your completed Acceptance of Admission form to Alex Subert at

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 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 U
nited 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"

Arrival Assistance

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 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. 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

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 Programs to consider are: Discover MBA Loans at, SallieMae International Student Loans at, CitiAssist Loan for Graduate Students, and Bank of America International Student Loan:

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:

If you have questions about loan programs, contact Shanan Woods, Willamette University Senior Financial Aid Counselor, at, 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 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

Laptop Requirement

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.

Off-Campus Housing
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
On-Campus Housing
Willamette University provides some on-campus housing for graduate students for fall semester 2015. If you are interested in living on-campus, email for more information or to reserve an on-campus apartment

Health Insurance for International Students
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.
The cost for 12 months coverage through the Willamette University Student Health Plan is $1,308 for 2014-15.

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 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

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

Deferment Policy

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.


Atkinson School -- Admission Office

Associate Dean and
Director of Admission

Judy O’Neill
Director of Recruitment Aimee Akimoff
MBA Recruiter and Admission Counselor Matt Alex
Telephone 503-370-6167
Toll Free/US 1-866-MBA-AGSM
Fax 503-370-3011
General email
Admitted Student Web Page
Mailing Address Admission Office
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
International Student Advising
Contact Chris Andresen
Associate Director of International Education
Telephone 503-375-5404
Fax 503-370-6565
Web Site
Financial Aid Office
Contact Shanan Woods
Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Telephone 503-370-6273
Toll Free/US 1-877-744-3736
Fax 503-370-6588
General email
Mailing Address Financial Aid Office
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
On-Campus Housing – Housing and Conferences Office
Telephone 503-370-6212
Fax 503-370-6709
Accessible Education Services
Contact Lorie Fontaine
Telephone 503-370-6471
Multi-Cultural Affairs
Telephone 503-370-6265


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