Willamette University has been honored nationally for a wide range of accomplishments, from being a good value and preparing students for successful careers to showing leadership in sustainability and public service. Our students and faculty frequently earn some of the top scholarships and fellowships in the country for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.
College of Liberal Arts
Willamette University enriches students’ lives for the better, according to “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.”
The national guide, which was first published in 1996, is designed as an aid for prospective college students and their parents. Content for the newest edition is base on school tours and candid assessments by students, professors and deans.
According to the guide, “... Willamette is a rising star — a place that does its work well and has momentum to claim its rightful spot among the few colleges in this country that prioritize undergraduate education.”
Willamette is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018,” which highlights the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities. Willamette is praised as ”the place where you can grow as a student, leader, and person as you pursue your passions.”
U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University among the nation’s “Best Colleges” in 2018. The magazine’s ranking formula takes account of factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.
Willamette ranks among the top 25 small colleges for the number of alumni serving in Teach for America’s 2017 corps. This nationwide organization recruits promising leaders to teach for at least two years in low-income communities.
Willamette consistently ranks among the top small schools in the country for number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 345 Willamette alumni have joined its ranks.
Willamette University is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2018 editions of the popular guidebooks, “The Best 382 Colleges” and “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” Only seven percent of U.S. four-year colleges made it into “Colleges That Pay You Back.”
The Review also features Willamette in its “Guide to 375 Green Colleges” and list of “Best Western” colleges.
In The Review’s profile of Willamette, students say, “learning opportunities outside of the classroom are endless.” Students describe professors as “incredible resources” and say Willamette’s campus environment “encourages growth and development.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service named Willamette to the 2015 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
College of Law
PreLaw Magazine named Willamette University College of Law one of the most diverse law schools in January 2017. Willamette was one of 60 and the only Oregon school recognized. To compile the list, the editors used a formula that incorporated six categories: percentage of minority faculty; percentage of black students; percentage of Asian and Hawaiian students; percentage of Hispanic students; percentage of American Indian students; and percentage of Caucasian students.
Willamette University College of Law has ranked first in Oregon and fifth among the West Coast’s 28 law schools for placing graduates in full-time, long-term, JD-required and JD-preferred jobs for the Class of 2013, according to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association. The statistics have propelled Willamette into the top quartile of a new nationwide law school ranking by Moody’s Investors Service released in May 2014.
Willamette University received an A+ rating from the National Jurist, placing Willamette’s School of Law alongside Stanford, Harvard and Yale.
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
For the fourth consecutive year, Bloomberg Businessweek named Willamette MBA a “Best Business School.” Willamette is the top-listed program in Oregon and one of only three in the Northwest. Rankings are based on a number of elements including student satisfaction, alumni success, employer feedback and faculty expertise.
Rankings are based on quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, instructor-student ratio and a number of other “fact-based criteria.” During the 2016–17 academic year, Willamette MBA was also recognized by Businessweek, Princeton Review and Poets&Quants.
The Princeton Review named Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management as one of the most outstanding business schools in the country. Selections are based on statistical data provided by the institutions and surveys of 23,000 business students. According to survey answers, Willamette MBA is well known as a leader in the Pacific Northwest, producing “top-notch, innovative graduates.”
The Willamette MBA program is only one of two programs worldwide to hold dual accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (also known as NASPAA). Both accreditation agencies represent the highest standards of excellence in graduate management education. Less than 10% of schools of management and business achieve AACSB International accreditation.
Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management is the highest ranked MBA program in Oregon and one of only three schools in the Pacific Northwest on the list. Poets&Quants scores programs by combining scores from the world’s five most influential business-school rankings into one comprehensive, composite score for each school.
Inc. magazine named the Willamette MBA’s New Ventures to Market and Angel Investing courses among the top 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the U.S. Each course emphasizes experiential and consequential learning, where students have the opportunity to invest in real start-ups and develop their own entrepreneurial ventures.
US News and World Report named the Willamette MBA program among the 10 least expensive private MBA programs in the U.S. The list profiled ten private universities delivering high quality, personalized education with 2016–17 tuition and fees less than $45,000.
Willamette MBA has been recognized as a “top MBA program for return on investment” on Forbes magazine’s biannual “Best Business Schools” list. At number 54, Willamette is the top-ranked program in Oregon, advanced six spots from its 2015 ranking, and one of three programs in the Pacific Northwest to make the list.