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Willamette University

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Undergraduate Studies

Willamette is the Pacific Northwest's leading private university. Our historic campus next to the State Capitol in Salem houses a renowned residential liberal arts college that offers undergraduates a full spectrum of programs in the arts and sciences, business and management, and computation and data science. Our downtown Portland campus houses the flagship Pacific Northwest College of Art, with professional undergraduate programs in art and design.

College of Arts & Sciences

Forge your future at our residential college in Salem.

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Study art in the heart of downtown Portland.


We’re educating the next generation of business leaders in Salem.

Computing & Data Science

Launch your career in Salem by learning skills that can cross industries.

Graduate Studies

Extending and enriching these undergraduate programs, Willamette's professional graduate programs in Portland and Salem include the Northwest's oldest law school, Oregon's top-ranked MBA program, MA and MFA programs in the arts, writing and critical studies, and our new MS in Data Science.

College of Law

Study in Salem to become the next generation of problem-solving lawyers.

School of Management (MBA)

Wherever you are in your career, the Willamette MBA has a pathway for you.

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Develop experimental creative practices in Portland.

Computing & Data Science

Prepare in Portland for a career that can cross sectors.

What isthe Willamette Edge?

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By the numbers

Join the ranks of leading scientists, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, notable artists and change-makers throughout the world.

  • Governors, Senators & Representatives

    Nobel Prize Winner

    Oregon Supreme Court Justices

    Future Innovative Leaders

  • Undergraduate Programs

    Students enrolled

    Students engaged in internships during time at WU

    Community Service Hours Across the University

  • 1859

    First Graduate

    In a time when women were frequently barred from college, Emily York is Willamette's first graduate.

  • 1976

    First female elected official

    A political powerhouse and trailblazer, Norma Paulus advanced women’s rights, education and environmental protection. In 1976, she became the first woman to be elected to statewide office in Oregon as secretary of state.

  • 1997

    Special Teams

    Liz Heaston was the first female to play and score in a college football game. Since 1997, Willamette has had two more female kickers.

  • 1935

    First Black graduate

    George Cannady was a Senior Scholar who was involved in football and track. He later became an attorney in Los Angeles.

  • 2017

    Resilience Baked In

    Carina Corner has grown through her experiences of cancer and navigating a sighted-world as a blind person. She's founded a Scandinavian-inspired, vegan bakery in Beaverton where she employs people with disabilities.