Common Application: First-Year (Freshman) Student

Application Deadlines

Early Action

  • Application and additional materials due by: November 15
  • Receive an admission decision: December 30
  • Enrollment deposit due: May 1

Early Decision l

  • Application and additional materials due by: November 15
  • Receive an admission decision: December 30
  • Enrollment deposit due: March 1

Early Decision ll

  • Application and additional materials due by: January 1
  • Receive an admission decision: February 15
  • Enrollment deposit due: March 1

Regular Decision

  • Application and additional materials due by: January 15
  • Receive an admission decision by: March 1
  • Enrollment deposit due: May 1

At Willamette University, Early Action is “non-binding” meaning that you are not committing yourself to attend the university by applying early. Early Action candidates have until May 1 to make a final enrollment decision. 

Early Decision Deadlines I and II both represent a binding commitment to enroll should an offer of admission be extended. 

The Admission Committee reserves the right to delay an admission decision if additional materials or grades are deemed necessary.

We are delighted that you plan to apply!

Steps to complete your application:

    1.Common Application

    Willamette University has a $50 application fee.* Submit your payment on the Common Application website.  

    2.Official High School Transcript

    Counselors submit official transcripts through the Common Application. Your senior grades must be submitted as soon as they are available.

    3.School Report

    Counselors submit School Report Forms through the Common Application. 


    4.SAT I or ACT (with Writing) scores

    Send your official scores from either the SAT I or the ACT with Writing.
    If you take the SAT I more than once, the Admission Committee will review your highest scores from each section. Your best composite ACT score from a single sitting will be considered.

    5.Teacher Evaluation

    A letter of recommendation should be sent from one of your teachers (English, math, science or history). This letter should be written on your high school's letterhead, and should include your full legal name.

Once all of your credentials are received, the Admission Committee will review your application for admission.

*Willamette University application fee waiver. The $50 application fee may be waived in the following circumstances:

1. Alumni endorsed applications
2. Partner high schools
3. Designated Community Based Organizations

Need help along the way? Contact us at (503) 370-6303 or