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Willamette University

Where Firstsare Born

Undergraduate College of

Arts & Sciences

Graduate College of


Graduate College of

Management (MBA)

The Willamette Edge

The edge effect is the transformative condition that occurs when two ecosystems meet. It also describes our multi-disciplinary approach to higher education. Willamette is where areas of study come to collide.

The Breakdown

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

What isthe Willamette Edge?

State Capitol

Learn at the Center

Study in the state's capital at the heart of Oregon, where historical roots run deep and innovation travels far.

  • 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.