More Reasons to Say “Yes” to Willamette

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Eaton Hall from State Street

#1

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

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

#2

A fuzzy hug from Blitz

#3

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

#4

A welcoming and genuine Fraternity/Sorority Life community.

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

#5

Activism at the Capitol and on campus

#6

All visiting authors and their readings in the English department

#7

All-nighters in the Fish Bowl.

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

#8

Alumni making a difference in the world

#9

Always being able to find a parking spot.

Willamette's President Stephen E. Thorsett

#10

An astrophysicist leading a Liberal Arts University

#11

Angela is the sweetest Goudy worker imaginable.

#12

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

#13

Atkinson Lectures

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

#14

Attending fully-funded computer science conferences

Willamette students at an outdoor club fair

#15

Attending the activities and club fairs every September

#16

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

#19

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

#20

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

#21

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

#22

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

Goudy Commons on the sunny day

#23

Big windows in Goudy overlooking Mill Stream.

#24

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

#25

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

#26

Black Tie, the better version of prom.

#27

Browsing new and used books at the Book Bin.

Students talking in the Bistro

#29

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

#30

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.

#31

Cascade Head.

#32

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

#34

Chaplain Karen Wood is always so fun to talk to

#35

Chaplain Karen Wood talked me through my problems.

#36

Checking out the lunch specials at Happy Bibimbap House.

Fans cheering in McCulloch Stadium

#37

Cheering on the Bearcats at the stadium.

#38

Cherry blossoms blooming.

#39

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

#40

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

#41

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

#42

Close to lots of volunteering opportunities

Students volunteering in the Salem community

#44

Club advisors that help me do the things I love.

#46

Collaboration on research begins as early as your first year.

#47

Coloring books scattered around campus.

Claremont School of Theology / Willamette University shared image

#49

Combining schools with the Claremont School of Theology

#50

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

Fire spinning club performance on the Quad

#51

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

#54

Dining in Goudy with a view of the Mill Stream.

Seth Stephens data science Atkinson Lecture

#55

Discussing data science with an art major

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

#56

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

#57

Doing research with professors outside of my major.

#58

Downtown Salem - great restaurants and cool stores.

Students drawing on the tables during Midnight Breakfast

#59

Drawing on the dining hall tables during Midnight Breakfast.

#60

Driving to the ocean in 90 minutes.

#61

Duckling days.

#62

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

#63

Easy access to outdoor activities.

#64

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

#65

Eating saltwater taffy I brought back from the coast.

#66

Eating shave ice during the annual Lūʻau.

#67

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.

#68

Eating spam musubi in Kaneko Cafe.

Students lounging on the couches in the Bistro

#69

Engaging with department faculty and students through the hearth system.

#70

Enjoying awesome food at Goudy.

#71

Enjoying the Riverfront and Minto-Brown Island parks.

Blitz hugging a student at Opening Days

#73

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

#74

Exploring rooms and hidden places in our old campus.

Access path in Willamette's Zena Forest property

#75

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

#76

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

#77

Faculty who care about global issues.

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

#78

Family Weekend

#79

Fantastic research librarians.

#80

Fight with swords

#81

Finding just the right parking spot.

First year students discussing in College Colloquium

#82

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

#83

First female football kicker

#84

First out/bi athlete to play at college level

#85

First university in the west

#86

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

Student and professor working together in Ford Hall

#87

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

#88

Freshmade salsa from Jose at Goudy.

#89

Friday Floats with the Math Department.

#90

Friendliness of Admission staff

#91

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

#93

Gatke Hall reading nook.

Jose Fausto sitting with friends in Goudy Commons

#95

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

#96

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

#97

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

Rose Garden with Eaton in the background

#98

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

#99

Going for a run in Minto-Brown Park.

#100

Going on a beautiful hike at Silver Falls State Park.


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