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Diversity at Willamette

“Not unto ourselves alone are we born.” Willamette’s motto comes from a work by Cicero, one of the ancient world’s great thinkers, but it’s still relevant today. Among other things, the motto encapsulates our belief that we must work to leave the world a better place.

Prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion isn’t optional — it’s a necessity. At Willamette, we are working to create the resources diverse students need through staff support and student organizations. We are building programs that reflect the wide-ranging interests of our faculty and students, and that challenge our community to think about how historical and current social structures work or fail to make college the “great equalizer” that we imagine it to be.

Please explore our resources below and if you have any questions contact the office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Admission Programs

Access to Excellence (A2E)

Willamette is proud to host Access to Excellence (A2E), a program for admitted students who are first-generation to attend college; self-identify as a student of color; and/or are eligible for the Pell Grant, or qualify for free or reduced lunch. This year's theme is The Power of Community. We hope to offer participants a glimpse into the inclusive and welcoming community at Willamette and introduce them to important resources and student spaces on campus.

This year's program will be held virtually from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, February 27 or Saturday, April 10. Registration is available through your applicant status page. Contact the undergraduate Office of Admission for program details by emailing

Scholarship Opportunities

Campus Resources

Local Resources

Willamette flag: "Not unto ourselves alone are we born."
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Office of Admission

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