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The Willamette motto — “Not unto ourselves alone are we born” — isn’t a phrase gathering dust on our university seal. It inspires and guides us in unique ways, shaping the lives of our community members.

In their first days at Willamette, our students discover they are not alone. They are part of a community that shares inspiration and ideas, one that uses discoveries to improve the world around them. They connect to the world through internships at the Oregon State Capitol just across the street, expansive research opportunities and career communities that provide strong support for exploring opportunities after graduation.

Our graduates never forget this lesson, entering the world as confident, self-directed and engaged global citizens. They use the lessons they learned at Willamette to follow their passions. Their successes in life and in their careers are among the reasons we are one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.”

Why Willamette

Why Willamette?

Powerful proximity to the Oregon State Capitol, dual-degree programs and unique global partnerships are just the start. Find out what makes Willamette a place like no other.

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Majors & Programs

We offer academic programs in the humanities, fine and performing arts, social sciences, STEM disciplines and pre-professional fields — as well as unique dual-degree programs, including with our graduate schools of law and management.

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Visit Campus

The best way to see our community in action is in person. Plan ahead so we can customize your on-campus visit experience, or reserve your spot at one of our upcoming events.

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The Collegian finds new mission through Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

Former Oregonian editorial writer mentors newspaper staff.

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Women’s lacrosse debuts at Willamette

Season opens at home Sunday, Feb. 24, versus the Denver Wildcats.

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Willamette University adds majors in data science, public health

The new degree programs will launch in the fall.

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