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Study in the Pacific Northwest

Embrace the exceptional natural beauty, diverse communities, and enriching experiences at Willamette University, considered one of the best colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

Discover the Advantages of Studying in the Pacific Northwest

Two Willamette students taking a picture of a waterfall

Natural Beauty—The Great Outdoors at Your Doorstep

Explore the Stunning Scenery of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, from the majestic Cascade Mountains to the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean. As a student at Willamette University, you'll be surrounded by endless opportunities to explore the region's natural beauty. Take advantage of the numerous hiking trails, such as Silver Falls State Park or Opal Creek, where you can immerse yourself in lush forests, discover picturesque waterfalls, and marvel at the vibrant colors of the changing seasons. Experience unforgettable views by climbing iconic peaks like Mount Hood or Mount St. Helens, or enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway at the scenic Oregon Coast. Our PNW campus is located in Salem, just a short drive from all types of terrains and environments you can explore.

Two Willamette students walking in downtown Salem.

Campus Life in Salem—A Vibrant College Town

Enrich Your College Experience in Salem

Salem, the vibrant capital of Oregon, is a perfect setting for your college years at Willamette University. The city offers a rich cultural scene, with a variety of museums, galleries, and theaters to explore. Get outdoors and enjoy the numerous parks, like Bush's Pasture Park, for a relaxing afternoon or a game of frisbee with friends. Don't miss out on the annual events and festivals that bring the community together, such as the Salem Art Fair and the Oregon State Fair. With plenty of vintage shops, incredible restaurants, and entertainment options, you'll never run out of exciting things to do in Salem. When you’re searching for colleges in Oregon and Washington, you can count on Willamette University to have everything you want and need in your next community.

Visitors and students at an art showing at PNCA campus in Portland.

Portland, Oregon—A Creative Hub for Aspiring Artists

Nurture Your Artistic Passions in the City of Roses

For students studying at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland serves as a thriving hub for art enthusiasts. The city's thriving arts scene offers endless inspiration and networking opportunities for aspiring artists. Visit the renowned Portland Art Museum, browse through the countless galleries in the Pearl District, or join one of the many local art organizations, such as the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Participate in art events like the First Thursday Art Walk or the annual Portland Open Studios to spark your creativity and connect with fellow artists. Our PNW campus in Portland is centrally located, allowing you to explore the city by walking, biking, driving, or even through public transportation.

Willamette students in a business classroom

Advance Your Career with Our PNW Graduate Programs

Propel Your Professional Growth in the Pacific Northwest's Business Hub

Portland is a thriving hub for businesses and startups, making it an ideal location for pursuing a Master's in Data Science or an MBA. At Willamette University’s downtown Portland location, you'll benefit from our strong connections to the local business community and the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals. Graduates from our data science and MBA programs are highly sought after by companies in the region, including Nike, Intel, and numerous startups. By choosing to study at Willamette University and securing a degree from one of the best colleges in the Pacific Northwest, you'll gain invaluable networking opportunities and practical experience that will set you apart in the job market.

Willamette students at Zena Farm harvesting apples

Zena Forest—A Living Laboratory for Exploration and Learning

Immerse Yourself in Nature and Engage in Hands-On Learning at Willamette University's Zena Forest.

Discover the wonders of Zena Forest, a 305-acre ecologically diverse and historically significant property owned by Willamette University. This living laboratory serves as a valuable resource for faculty, students, and staff, offering unique opportunities for academic courses, research projects, club activities, and restorative recreation. Zena Forest is home to a variety of habitats, including oak and mixed-species woodlands, riparian areas, grasslands, wetlands, and freshwater aquatic areas.