Apply to Willamette

First Year Students

Put together the strongest application possible and get the help you need along the way.

We’re glad you’re applying to Willamette, and we’ll do everything we can to help you stay on track. Keep in mind that the sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll have all the information you need to finalize your college decision. Feel free to reach out to us anytime — we’re here to help!

We offer test-optional admission, and we use the Common Application exclusively to streamline the process.

Steps to complete your application:

Early Action

  • Application and additional materials due by November 15
  • Receive an admission decision by December 30
  • Enrollment deposit due by May 1
  • Early Action is non-binding, meaning that you are not committing yourself to attend Willamette by applying early, and you have until May 1 to make a final enrollment decision.

Early Decision

  • Application and additional materials due by November 15
  • Receive an admission decision by December 30
  • Enrollment deposit due by February 15
  • Early Decision represents a binding commitment to enroll should an offer of admission be extended.

Regular Decision

  • Application and additional materials due by January 15
  • Receive an admission decision by March 1
  • Enrollment deposit due by May 1

NOTE: The Admission committee reserves the right to delay an admission decision if additional materials or grades are deemed necessary.

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.

Apply for Admission

Counselors submit official transcripts through the Common Application. Your senior grades must be submitted as soon as they are available. To ensure adequate academic preparation for success in Willamette’s rigorous curriculum, we recommend the following pattern of secondary school coursework:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of mathematics (including algebra, geometry and trigonometry)
  • Four years of social science coursework
  • Three to four years of lab-based science coursework
  • Three to four years of a foreign language

Counselors may submit School Report Forms and Recommendations through the Common Application.

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.

Letter(s) of recommendation may be submitted by your teachers (preferably English, math, science or history) through the Common Application.

Transfer Students

Wherever you are on your educational journey, we’ll provide the resources you need to make a smooth transition to Willamette.

Thanks for your interest in applying to Willamette! If you are a high school graduate and have (or will receive) college-level credit from an accredited institution, then you qualify as a transfer student. Review the information below and let us know if you have any questions.

Transfer Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and enrollment deadlines are determined at the point of admission. Once all of your credentials are received, the Admission Committee will review your application for admission. Photographs and copies of official documents submitted by the applicant cannot be accepted.

Note: If you are graduating from high school this year and are dually enrolled in an early start program with your high school and a partnering college, please apply as a first-year student. Not sure if you are a transfer student? Contact us at 503-370-6303 or bearcat@willamette.edu.

Steps to complete your application:

Admission & Financial Aid Deadlines

Priority consideration will be given to Fall Start Term applicants who have submitted their Common Application, supporting documents, and FAFSA by April 15.

  • Admission decisions will continue on a rolling basis until August 15.

Priority consideration will be given to Spring Start Term applicants who have submitted their Common Application, supporting documents, and FAFSA after August 1 and before November 15.

  • Admission decisions will continue on a rolling basis until December 15.

Enrollment Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • If admitted prior to April 15, an enrollment deposit must be submitted prior to May 1.
  • Enrollment deadlines are set at the point of admission for all decisions made after April 15.

Spring Semester

  • Enrollment deadlines are determined at the point of admission and will not extend past January 10.

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. The Transfer College Report must be completed by an official from your current or most recent college/university.

(Tip: Ask the Registrar to send the report with your Official College Transcript.)

Apply for Admission

Please refer to the Common Application instructions for submitting college transcripts. We need a transcript from each institution you have attended. If you are in your first term of college and are applying to transfer the following term, please submit a Mid-Term Report. This form can be downloaded directly from the Common Application.

We require these from all applicants, whether they are 17 or 71. Official transcripts must include the date of graduation and be submitted directly from your high school.

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.

Letter(s) of recommendation may be submitted by your professors through the Common Application.

International Students

We welcome applications from citizens of other countries.

We appreciate your interest in applying to Willamette University, and we value the richness and diversity that international students bring to our campus.

Once all of your credentials are received, the Admission Committee will review your application for admission. Upon admission to Willamette University, a $500 deposit is required to accept and reserve your place in the class.

Please feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission if you have any questions, and take some time to review the services of the Office of International Education. We look forward to getting to know you throughout the application process.

Steps to complete your application:

For Spring Semester Admission

  • Your application and additional materials due by November 1
  • Receive an admission decision by: December 1
  • Enrollment deposit due by: January 1

For Fall Semester Admission

  • Your application and additional materials due by: January 15
  • Receive an admission decision by: March 1
  • Enrollment deposit due by: May 1

Willamette is a Common Application only institution. We use the Common Application because it collects a rich trove of academic and extracurricular information on potential Bearcats and makes the process as easy as possible for our applicants.

Apply for Admission

Official copies of all records of secondary and post-secondary academic work. Please see detailed instructions in the box to the right.

Your records should include:

  1. Yearly secondary school records that indicate courses taken and grades/marks received.
  2. Official documents verifying all secondary examination results and the awarding of all secondary school diplomas/certificates, including the title and date conferred; these should be in the issuing language and accompanied by a certified, exact English translation where applicable.
  3. For transfer candidates only. Yearly records from each post-secondary institution or university attended that indicate the number of lecture and/or laboratory hours taken per course per week and the grade/mark received in each course.

Counselors may submit School Report Forms and Recommendations through the Common Application.

Willamette offers test-optional admission. If you choose not to submit SAT or ACT test scores as an international applicant, you are required to schedule an interview with a member of our admission staff. If you decide to include a standardized test score, please send your official scores from either the SAT I or the ACT.

A letter of recommendation should be sent from one of your teachers (English, math, science or history). This letter should be written on your high school's letterhead, and should include your full legal name.

If your native language is not English, Willamette University requires you to submit scores from one of the following tests. Scores can be sent directly from the testing agency to the university.

Willamette University will recognize completion of Level 5 coursework from Pacific International Academy as proof of English language proficiency.

Willamette University’s Minimum Score Requirements

  • TOEFL:
    • 560 (paper-based)
    • 220 (computer-based)
    • 83 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTE: 60

You must include a copy of the photo identification page of your passport as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Financial Guarantee Statement must be completed in conjunction with supporting documentation of financial resources. Applicants must demonstrate that they and their family can cover the total cost of the first year of attendance.

Mailed documents may be sent to the following address:

Willamette University
CLA Admission Office
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: +1-503-375-5363


If you are considering deferring your admission or taking a gap year please read about deferring your admission. We protect the privacy of the information you share with us through the application process. Read our privacy policy here.

Need help?

Contact us at 503-370-6303 or bearcat@willamette.edu.