Introduction to the College

Willamette challenges our students to deepen their understanding of themselves and their world through a rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Our faculty — dedicated teachers and recognized scholars — helps students develop into self-directed critical thinkers who question actively, write effectively, speak persuasively and collaborate enthusiastically. These valuable skills support our students’ work and enrich their lives, wherever their future paths lead.

Our commonwealth of learning includes nearly 50 academic programs with ample opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Rather than limit our students’ education to a specific major, we encourage them to actively engage in a wide range of conversations about everything from sustainability to social justice. Many of these academic experiences take them across the globe, whether to learn Japanese in Kawagoeresearch revolutionary theatre in Cuba or study abroad in one of nearly 40 countries.

Because of our small classes, our professors are able to push students to think for themselves as they investigate their passions. They inspire, guide and engage students through research and mentorships that often continue long after they graduate from Willamette.  

Combine their support with a rich array of learning and social experiences to help students turn knowledge into action, and you’ll see why we were recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.”

Learning is a lifelong endeavor, and Willamette supports its students as they discover their own ways of living out the university’s motto of service, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.”

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