Welcome to Willamette Academy

Willamette Academy reaches out to historically underrepresented communities by empowering youth who have the desire to advance to higher education.

  • Saturday Session


    By placing students at the heart of a college campus we demystify the college experience and educate students to navigate the barriers they may face.

  • Reading Groups


    We inspire a cohort of students through shared experiences and a network of support to see themselves as college bound.

  • Summer Camp


    Students find empowerment in their voice as leaders in their school and community with the agency to promote social justice, equity, and access.

Willamette Academy is an out-of-school college access program at Willamette University that serves students by providing additional support through mentoring, tutoring, monthly Saturday sessions and a summer camp.

We serve Salem-Keizer School District 8th- through 12th-graders from populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education: low-income, people of color, recent immigrants or first-generation college students.

In addition, we help our students overcome issues such as a lack of knowledge about high school requirements and unfamiliarity with the college application and financial aid processes.

By cultivating in our students both a love of learning and confidence, we guide them on a path to a four-year college or university of their choice — and a brighter future.

WA Hours and Calendar

Closed for the summer!

Celebrating 20 Years of WA

20th Anniversary Video

Summer Camp Dates

12th Grade: 6/21 - 7/2

8th Grade: 6/24 - 6/30

9th Grade: 6/25 - 6/30

10th/11th Grade: 7/8 - 7/15

Willamette University

Willamette Academy

Salem Campus

503-370-6103 voice
503-370-3001 fax

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