More Reasons to Say “Yes” to Willamette

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Eaton Hall from State Street


Climbing to “Hogwarts” via the fourth floor of Eaton.

Blitz the Bearcat hugging a student in Goudy Commons with more students in the background


A fuzzy hug from Blitz


A helpful career center that helps with resumes, internships, and career tracks.


A welcoming and genuine Fraternity/Sorority Life community.

Willamette student, Natalie Pate '15, speaking into a megaphone


Activism at the Capitol and on campus


All visiting authors and their readings in the English department


All-nighters in the Fish Bowl.

Willamette Alumn, Pat Keys '05, speaking at the second committee of the U.N.’s General Assembly


Alumni making a difference in the world


Always being able to find a parking spot.

Willamette's President Stephen E. Thorsett


An astrophysicist leading a Liberal Arts University


Angela is the sweetest Goudy worker imaginable.


Anytime I need a place to focus I can grab a private study room at Hatfield Library.

Anishinaabe author and activist Winona LaDuke speaking at an Atkinson Lecture


Atkinson Lectures

Sophia Anderson '19, co-founder and president of the Student (Cyber) Security League, talks to club members


Attending fully-funded computer science conferences

Willamette students at an outdoor club fair


Attending the activities and club fairs every September


Availability of a wide variety of research and internship opportunities.

Exercise Science students and an elderly person at a class activity in Willamette's gymnasium


Being immersed in a well-rounded curriculum that helps me think across disciplines


Being just close enough to Portland to run up to Rimsky's for dessert while maintaining a low cost of living.

Willamette swimmer competing in Sparks Pool


Being on the Swim Team gave me a family I don't think I could've found anywhere else on campus.


Betty, the housekeeping director, is so incredibly sweet and always says hi to me in passing.

Goudy Commons on the sunny day


Big windows in Goudy overlooking Mill Stream.


Biking over the Peter Courtney Minto Island bridge - aka the "Taco Bridge."


Bill Kelm - he always helps move-in the new students to their residence hall.


Black Tie, the better version of prom.


Browsing new and used books at the Book Bin.

Students talking in the Bistro


Career Development and Coffee with the Career program in the Bistro.


Carol, one of the Goudy staff, who has told me about her dog Charlie and her gerbil Brownie who are not supposed to ever meet.


Cascade Head.


Catalina de Onis, my colloquium professor, supported me in the first week at Willamette and throughout the two-year research project we collaborated on.

Chaplain Karen Wood


Chaplain Karen Wood is always so fun to talk to


Chaplain Karen Wood talked me through my problems.


Checking out the lunch specials at Happy Bibimbap House.

Fans cheering in McCulloch Stadium


Cheering on the Bearcats at the stadium.


Cherry blossoms blooming.


Christmas in Hudson Hall, Willamette's annual holiday concert.


Classics education is perfect for anyone interested in the ancient Mediterranean.


Classics get-together with faculty at the end of the year.


Close to lots of volunteering opportunities

Students volunteering in the Salem community


Club advisors that help me do the things I love.


Collaboration on research begins as early as your first year.


Coloring books scattered around campus.

Claremont School of Theology / Willamette University shared image


Combining schools with the Claremont School of Theology


Coming home late from an away tournament, singing along to girl rap with my teammates.

Fire spinning club performance on the Quad


Committees and clubs mean leadership opportunities for everyone who would want that


Dining in Goudy with a view of the Mill Stream.

Seth Stephens data science Atkinson Lecture


Discussing data science with an art major

Students and professors pose for picture outside Ford for Student Scholarship Recognition Day


Doing real research — such as on dengue fever and climate change — with professors


Doing research with professors outside of my major.


Downtown Salem - great restaurants and cool stores.

Students drawing on the tables during Midnight Breakfast


Drawing on the dining hall tables during Midnight Breakfast.


Driving to the ocean in 90 minutes.


Duckling days.


Ducks nesting outside your window and seeing baby ducks in the Mill Stream each spring.


Easy access to outdoor activities.


Eating out in one of Salem's restaurants, for lovers of gastronomy, there's no better place.


Eating saltwater taffy I brought back from the coast.


Eating shave ice during the annual Lūʻau.


The above-and-beyond commitment of the WU faculty to student success. Developing the potential of each and every student is the aim that knits us together.


Eating spam musubi in Kaneko Cafe.

Students lounging on the couches in the Bistro


Engaging with department faculty and students through the hearth system.


Enjoying awesome food at Goudy.


Enjoying the Riverfront and Minto-Brown Island parks.

Blitz hugging a student at Opening Days


Everything at the beginning of the year to help first-year students find community.


Exploring rooms and hidden places in our old campus.

Access path in Willamette's Zena Forest property


Exploring Zena, over 305-acre forest, minutes away from campus.


Faculty like David Gutterman who inspire and challenge you beyond what you thought you could do.


Faculty who care about global issues.

A student holding a "Go Bearcats" sign at Family Weekend 2017


Family Weekend


Fantastic research librarians.


Fight with swords


Finding just the right parking spot.

First year students discussing in College Colloquium


Finding out that College Colloquium is a fun and formative academic experience


First female football kicker


First out/bi athlete to play at college level


First university in the west


First-year research opportunities — you can't find that at every college

Student and professor working together in Ford Hall


Ford Hall is a great place to be productive and have fun.


Freshmade salsa from Jose at Goudy.


Friday Floats with the Math Department.


Friendliness of Admission staff


Gathering with your friends in Ford Hall, studying for finals while playing '90s music on the screen projector.


Gatke Hall reading nook.

Jose Fausto sitting with friends in Goudy Commons


Getting internships and job offers with ease due to my Willamette education


Getting late-night coffee and rice crispy treats, a night-owl-only library treat during finals.


Getting my laser tag and arcade fix at Pietro's Pizza.

Rose Garden with Eaton in the background


Getting to enjoy all the beautiful greenery on campus is something really special about Willamette.


Going for a run in Minto-Brown Park.


Going on a beautiful hike at Silver Falls State Park.

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