Frequently Asked Questions

Relating to COVID-19

Yes, Willamette is still accepting both First-Year and Transfer Applications for the Fall 2020 semester.

We continue to process applications and at this time, but if you are experiencing difficulty obtaining application materials to complete your application, we encourage you to reach out to us for assistance. To streamline the process during these extraordinary times, we are able to:

  1. accept unofficial transcripts;
  2. accept unofficial or self-reported test scores OR encourage test-optional application; and
  3. waive the teacher recommendation

Willamette is rolling out new virtual visit options each week so that students can continue to engage with Willamette and learn more about our campus and your opportunities here.  Here are a few options that are available right now:

  1. Virtual Visit options
  2. 400 Reasons to say Yes to WU
  3. WU Stream
  4. Virtual Tour
  5. Follow WU on social media

We want to work with the timeline that you may need to make your college decision. While Willamette has not officially extended the May 1 reply deadline, we know these are unprecedented times. Willamette will guarantee your space in the class, financial aid award, and housing options even if you deposit after May 1.

To request a deadline extension, please reach out to your admission counselor, and they will happily work with you.

Your $500 enrollment deposit at Willamette is applied as prepayment for your Fall 2020 tuition. If dividing the deposit into smaller payments would help you given the current financial climate, we can support you. Please email to request a Deposit Payment Plan.

If you need financial assistance beyond what has already been awarded to you, you can request a re-evaluation of your aid eligibility by completing the Financial Aid Appeal Form. If you have already completed this form but your financial circumstances have changed since that appeal, you may appeal again.

Please contact us if you have additional questions about this form or the appeal process.

For students planning on enrolling in Fall 2020: As long as you have met your high school's graduation requirements, Pass/Fail grades assigned during the Spring of your senior year will have no effect on your matriculation to Willamette or your merit aid.

For students graduating high school beyond Spring 2020: We understand that credits and/or grades assigned during this term will be an anomaly for the next several years. Willamette evaluates all applicants holistically and will continue to do so in the years to come. We are working on ways to help students feel supported in their goals to go to college, and are here to help if you have any questions.

We know getting academic documents will be difficult for many students this spring. We will work with you to use screenshots and unofficial transcript PDFs to verify important academic information like your high school diploma. We will not require official, final documents until you arrive in the fall.

Willamette is test-optional and supports students applying with or without test scores. It does not adversely affect the admission or merit aid decision for a student to apply via our test-optional route.

If you are currently taking college-level coursework, and that college has decided to convert to Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit, Willamette will still accept that transfer credit long as the passing grade can be verified as equivalent to a C- or higher.  Please see our transfer credit page for more information.

We understand that many students who matriculate to Willamette do so with the hopes to bring in college-level credit because of AP and IB tests taken in the Spring of their Senior year.  We are working on evaluating a way to offer either credit based on the coursework already completed prior to school closures, or credit by placement exams offered through Willamette for our incoming class.  More information will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Yes, all university offices are open, though working remotely. Please email/call respective offices with any questions or concerns you may have.

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