The College and its Mission

Willamette University Mission Statement

Willamette University provides rigorous education in the liberal arts and selected professional fields. Teaching and learning, strengthened by scholarship and service, flourish in a vibrant campus community. A Willamette education prepares graduates to transform knowledge into action and lead lives of achievement, contribution and meaning.


In addition to the mission statement, the University has a statement of shared values that guides its approach to mission fulfillment.

Influenced by its historic roots in The United Methodist Church, Willamette University is an independent, nonsectarian institution that embraces:

  • The dignity and worth of all individuals;
  • A commitment to diversity, service, leadership, and sustainability in communities and professions;
  • The ethical and spiritual dimension of education; and
  • Education as a lifelong process of discovery, delight, and growth, the hallmark of a humane life.

University Motto

Non nobis solum nati sumus — Not unto ourselves alone are we born

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