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Apply: First Year Students

We are delighted that you plan to apply for admission to Willamette University!

Steps to complete your application

Willamette is a Common Application exclusive institution. We use the Common Application because it collects a broad range of academic and extracurricular activity of potential Bearcats and simplifies the process for our applicants.

Apply for Admission

Counselors submit official transcripts through the Common Application. Your senior grades must be submitted as soon as they are available. To ensure adequate academic preparation for success in Willamette’s rigorous curriculum, we recommend the following pattern of secondary school coursework:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of mathematics (including algebra, geometry and trigonometry)
  • Four years of social science coursework
  • Three to four years of lab-based science coursework
  • Three to four years of a foreign language

Counselors may submit School Report Forms and Recommendations through the Common Application.

Willamette offers test-optional admission, but if you do decide to report your standardized test scores then you must submit your official score report(s). Please note that students attending secondary schools that print SAT and/or ACT scores on official transcripts do not need to submit score reports from either testing agency.

If you take the SAT and/or ACT more than once, the Admission Committee will review your highest scores from each section, resulting in what is widely known as a superscore.

Letter(s) of recommendation may be submitted by your teachers (preferably English, math, science or history) through the Common Application.

Early Action

  • Application and additional materials due by November 15
  • Receive an admission decision by December 30
  • Enrollment deposit due by May 1
  • Early Action is non-binding, meaning that you are not committing yourself to attend Willamette by applying early, and you have until May 1 to make a final enrollment decision.

Early Decision

  • Application and additional materials due by November 15
  • Receive an admission decision by December 30
  • Enrollment deposit due by February 15
  • Early Decision represents a binding commitment to enroll should an offer of admission be extended.

Regular Decision

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

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


Once all of your credentials are received, the Admission Committee will review your application for admission. Need help along the way? Contact us at 503-370-6303 or bearcat@willamette.edu.


Deadlines

Early Action

  • Nov 15: Application Due
  • Dec 30: Admission Decision
  • May 1: Enrollment Deposit due

Early Decision

  • Nov 15: Application Due
  • Dec 30: Admission Decision
  • Feb 1: Enrollment Deposit due

Regular Decision

  • Jan 15: Application Due
  • Mar 1: Admission Decision
  • May 1: Enrollment Deposit due

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