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Helping your students find the right fit

We value the relationships we've cultivated with counselors from across the country.

Our goal is the same as yours: helping students choose the college that aligns most closely with their personal style, academic interests and professional goals.


  • Upcoming Virtual Counselor Programs

    We would like to invite you to our spring Counselor Roundtable events. Come together in professional partnership with Willamette admission staff and college counseling colleagues to discuss the challenges facing the current cohort of college-going students and how we can best support their plans for the future.

    • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time: Navigating Deferral and Gap Year Planning
    • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time: Choosing with Confidence with Visiting (In-person) Isn’t an Option
    • Tuesday, March 22 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time: Going First: Supporting our First-Generation College Students
    • Wednesday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time: Supporting the Junior College Search

    Register here for both events, or just one.

  • Tuition Reset

    Willamette is lowering its published tuition rate — or "sticker price" — by about 20%, from $53,300 to $43,500. We are the first among our peers (in the Pacific Northwest and nationally) to reset our tuition. We'll continue to offer robust merit scholarships and financial aid as we partner with your students in their academic goals. (More information can be found on our website.) Willamette’s tuition reset applies to all undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    What does this mean for your students? This tuition reset makes it easier for them to understand how much they’ll pay for college, and puts the extraordinary experience of a Willamette education — with more program options than ever — within reach for more students. In short, we're introducing a new way to think about affordability, and countering the perception that price equals prestige.

  • 2021 Counselors of the Year

    Willamette University is a proud member of the Colleges that Change Lives non-profit organization. Since 2009, CTCL has recognized the tireless work of individuals who counsel students in the college search process with the Counselor of the Year Award. We join them in celebrating this year’s recipients. Congratulations 2021 CTCL Counselors of the Year.

  • What we are looking for in an applicant

    Willamette practices holistic admission and values academic curiosity, service and contributions to others (including family commitments), and extracurricular involvement and leadership. We also acknowledge that COVID-19 has impacted our future students and families in unique ways. We are committed to this promise that, “no student will be disadvantaged [in the admission process] because of a change in commitments or change in plans because of this outbreak.”

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    Transcripts are evaluated on an individual basis taking the school’s profile and academic resources into consideration. We strive to admit students who have made sound choices to challenge themselves academically where there are opportunities to do so. We use a weighted GPA when awarding merit scholarships and will recalculate if the school does not provide a weighted GPA. For schools where a narrative transcript is used in place of a GPA, we ask that you please provide an estimation of what the GPA might be so as not to disadvantage the student in our merit scholarship process.

    SAT and ACT Tests are optional for admission and are not factored into the merit scholarship award for any applicant. There is also no additional work required of an applicant if they choose not to submit test scores. If an applicant self-reports their test scores in the Common Application but indicates that they do not want those scores considered, the scores will be redacted from their record before their application is reviewed. A student’s choice to apply test-optional is a very personal one, and we do not seek to advise or sway a student in either direction. However, if an applicant would like to ask questions about our test-optional policy we encourage you to have them reach out to their admission counselor.

    Willamette is a member of the Common Application. A Counselor Recommendation and the School Report Form are required credentials to complete an application. If you feel that you are unable to provide a recommendation letter for your applicant, we ask that you indicate so on the Counselor Recommendation. Applicants without a viable letter of recommendation from their counselor should be encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher in a core subject area, so long as it does not increase any barriers to the student in completing their application. While not required, we also greatly appreciate a School Profile, particularly if it tells us more about your school and senior class than what is indicated in the School Report Form.

  • Helping your students and their families learn more

    Willamette is a great choice for high-achieving students who thrive in a close-knit learning environment. Students in every major collaborate with professors on cutting-edge research and meaningful work, and they forge lasting friendships in a rich array of activities outside the classroom. We offer more than 50 academic programs, including 5 dual-degree options.

    We hope these resources will give your students and their families a greater sense of our academic and social community. Please contact your admission counselor, or 503-370-6303 if you have any questions.

  • Willamette University is Test-Optional

    Students can decide whether their standardized test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential. Should the student submit them, the test scores will be reviewed with other indicators of their academic ability. Review Willamette's FAQs about being test-optional.

  • Counselor Advisory Board

    Willamette University is excited to be forming a Counselor Advisory Board! This board will include 8-10 dedicated professionals currently working with high school students as school-based counselors, independent consultants, or CBO partners. Board members will be invited to serve for three years, meeting three times annually in a combination of virtual and in-person meetings. Interested in becoming involved? Please complete this form, and email Cady Campbell ( with any questions you may have.

Regular Decision Dates

Willamette University is accepting applications from your students for Spring and Fall 2022.

Spring 2022 Entry

  • Regular Decision - Nov. 1

Fall 2022 Entry

  • Early Decision - Nov. 15
  • Early Action - Nov. 15
  • Regular Decision - Jan. 15

Enduring Value

  • Up to $20,000/year in merit scholarships
  • Additional grants & scholarships available
  • Internships, study abroad, and undergrad research opportunities
  • Up to 8 credits accepted from dual-credit, IB or AP programs

Application Basics

  • Common Application
  • $0 Application Fee
  • Nov. 1: Regular Decision for Spring 2021
  • Nov. 15: Early Decision & Early Action
  • Jan. 15: Regular Decision
  • Oct. 1: FAFSA opens (priority deadline 2/1)
Willamette University

Office of Admission

Salem Campus

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6303 voice
1-844-BEARCAT toll free
503-375-5363 fax
503-375-5383 TDD