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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. Our downtown Portland campus houses the flagship Pacific Northwest College of Art. 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 MS in Data Science.

2022 Featured Graduates

Nathan Brown
“Because of Willamette …”

Nathan Brown, Exercise and Health Science

  • President of Willamette Emergency Medical Services (WEMS)
  • Emergency medical technician and responder for WEMS
  • Lab teaching assistant for the Department of Exercise and Health Science
Alexandra (Alex) N. Walker
“Because of Willamette …”

Alexandra N. Walker, Math, Physics & Politics

  • Cosmology research assistant for a Science Collaborative Research Program project
  • Willamette University Wind Ensemble
  • University Chamber Orchestra
Liz Kemker
“Because of Willamette …”

Liz Kemker, MBA

  • President, founder of Women of AGSM
  • Secretary for the Atkinson Student Association
  • Secretary for the Atkinson Consulting Association

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.