Admission, Costs and Financial Aid


The College of Arts & Sciences is selective and seeks serious and talented students. The middle 50 percent of the first-year students in 2018 had a GPA between 3.6-4.1 and an SAT score [Critical Reading + Math + Writing] ranging from 1190-1390 or and ACT score in the between 27-30. Approximately 400 new students enrolled from a group of more than 4,000 applicants. Undergraduate enrollment in the fall of 2018 was 1621; total University enrollment was 2,104.

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. 

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. 

Financial Aid

As the primary beneficiary of the investment in your college education, we believe that you and your family are ultimately responsible for financing your education. Understandably, many families cannot afford the entire cost of college.

Financial aid, therefore, is available to help fill the gap between what you and your family are expected to provide and what it will cost to attend Willamette University. We believe that our generous merit and need based scholarship programs, combined with student loans and part time employment, can make a Willamette University education affordable.

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