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How to write the best college essay

03.16.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Writing the college essay is the most stressful — and arguably the most important — part of the application process. 

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Letters of recommendation tips

03.16.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

You’ve started the Common App, you’re working on the essay — what about your letters of recommendation? 

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Earn $500 if you apply on time

01.07.2022 | Marketing and Communications

The deadline for first year-student applications is Jan. 15.

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CAS Office of Admission resumes in-person visits

09.23.2021 | Director of Admission Marketing and Events Caitlin Harper

Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of all office visitors as well as the Willamette community.

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Princeton Review identifies Willamette as one of the ‘best in the West’


Willamette among 126 colleges in the western U.S. recognized for academic excellence.

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Western Oregon University and Willamette University develop program for WOU students seeking a law degree

07.21.2021 | Willamette University College of Law

The new 4+3 agreement between Western Oregon University and Willamette Law will expand access to Western Oregon students seeking to pursue a law degree.

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College of Law announces Law School Bound admission program

01.15.2021 | Willamette University College of Law

The program offers an innovative and transparent path to obtaining a legal education.

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Explaining extracurricular activities during the pandemic

11.23.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Activities outside of class are still the best way to help your college application stand out — even at a time when in-person contact isn’t advised or allowed.  

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Tips for creating a virtual theatre audition

11.19.2020 | Professor of Theatre Susan Coromel

Auditions for theatre programs this year may require a little extra work, but it’s easy to create a strong audition.

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Undergraduate blog charts path for future career

10.27.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Jaered Koichi Croes ’08 now runs a popular Japanese culture blog and app that teaches kanji.

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3 questions to find the best college

10.14.2020 | Dean of Admission Sue Corner

As admission officers, we constantly field questions from you and love to help. However, some common questions may not lead to the answers you need.

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How do I successfully switch colleges?

10.14.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

You’re not even six weeks into your first year of college and it just isn’t a fit for you.

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Willamette Law launches degree pathway with University of Alaska Southeast

10.10.2020 | Willamette University College of Law

New 4+3 Direct Admission Program allows undergraduate University of Alaska Southeast students and alumni to be admitted to Willamette Law based on certain academic credentials.

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Rediscovering her roots through Latin American Studies

10.09.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

After traveling the world, Claudia Ortiz Gajardo ’20 pursues long-sought degree.

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How to get the best return on a business major

09.29.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Two Oregon entrepreneurs explain why a business major is essential at an arts and science university.

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Campus tours resume under new precautions


Modified tour route and restricted access to campus spaces among the changes.

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U.S. News names Willamette best in PNW for economic diversity


Willamette also ranked No. 2 for best liberal arts school and “Best Value School” in Oregon.

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Alumna connects communities with tools to better health

08.27.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Kimberly Cole ’02 finds a career in public health through international studies.

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In the right place at the right time

08.20.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette’s holistic approach empowered Dani Cone ’98 to become one of Seattle's most recognizable small business owners.

Willamette statement on admission evaluation

06.17.2020 | Marketing and Communications

In the wake of the killings of Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, students across the country are choosing to participate in demonstrations and important conversations to express their values.

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Willamette summer classes open to high school seniors


Willamette University is offering high school seniors a more affordable way to kick start college. 

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Campus closed? Make a virtual visit

05.13.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

So you’ve finally narrowed down your preferred colleges, but now you can’t visit. What’s your next step? 

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MBA students Zoom toward interview success

05.06.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette students practice virtual interviews, how to tell their story through workshops.

Message to Prospective Students from Willamette President

04.27.2020 | Marketing and Communications

Looking forward to the fall.

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Willamette Law accepting GRE for applicants

04.06.2020 | Willamette College of Law

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and LSAT cancellations, Willamette College of Law will accept Graduate Record Exam scores for 2020 applicants.

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Willamette recognized for creating pathway to success for underrepresented students


Strive for College gives the university high marks for fostering an environment that leads to timely graduation and rewarding careers.

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Tips for nontraditional students

03.09.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

It’s been years since you’ve cracked open a textbook, but you’ve finally decided to go to college. 

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Nontraditional student seeks success beyond the oil industry

03.08.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Alaska native quits lucrative job for economics degree

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Why study sustainability? It's relevant to any major.

03.08.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

As we think about the future, we must reconsider the way we live, work and play to make the best use of our natural resources. 

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From athlete to advocate

02.25.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Politics grad starts nonprofit, becomes public speaker and fights for patient rights.

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Why you should attend junior preview day

02.25.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Between the flood of marketing materials and online research, the quest to find a new college can feel a little overwhelming — but there is another option.

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How do I make a successful college transfer?

02.24.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

You’re not even six weeks into your first year of college and it just isn’t a fit for you. 

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Willamette named ‘Best Value College’ by Princeton Review


University receives high marks for academic quality, affordability and success of alumni.

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Transfer student: Best questions to ask

01.31.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Transferring to a new college is a big decision — and not one you make overnight.

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SAT vs. ACT — or none of the above?

01.31.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Deciding on a standardized test can take some thought. 

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Test optional colleges — what does that mean for you?

01.31.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

A record number of colleges and universities chose to go test optional last year.

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Make a major change with a business minor

01.31.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Imagine sitting down for your first job interview, understanding your exact role in that organization and feeling confident you can hit the ground running.

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Parents: Tips for the final college decision

01.13.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Your student has been admitted to college — maybe several. Now what?

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Best spots to visit at Willamette

01.13.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

First time visiting Willamette? Check out these popular places to get a better feel for campus.

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3 of the best college essays

01.06.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Rock collecting, volunteer work, origami — college essays on each of these topics caught the attention of Willamette admission officers this year.


Student-run EMS offers great career preparation

01.06.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette Emergency Medical Service is one of two services of its kind registered in state.

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College application process for parents

12.12.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

The Common App deadline is looming — how is that college application coming along?

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10 things to do your senior year

12.11.2019 | Sue Corner, senior associate director of admission

You’re in the final stretch and it’s going fast.

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Willamette MBA ranked a best U.S. Business School by Poets&Quants

12.03.2019 | Jennifer Bush

Willamette MBA Ranked Best U.S. Business School by Bloomberg Businessweek and Poets&Quants.

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Finding the best college: 3 questions to ask

11.17.2019 | Interim VP and Dean of Admission Mary Randers

As admission officers, we constantly field questions from you and love to help. However, some of the most common questions may not lead to the answers you need.

Willamette MBA Ranked Best U.S. Business School by Bloomberg Businessweek

11.08.2019 | Jennifer Bush

Willamette MBA Ranked Best U.S. Business School by Bloomberg Business week

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How to make extracurriculars stand out on a college app

10.22.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Have you volunteered at a local food shelter, played soccer or practice an instrument?

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When should I apply to college?


In college as in life, timing makes a difference.

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Steps to choosing the right college

09.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

You’ve done the research, figured out the pros and cons and maybe even created a spreadsheet, but you still can’t narrow down your list.

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U.S. News names Willamette among top colleges

09.10.2019 | Adam Torgerson

U.S. News and World Report listed Willamette University in the top tier of liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking the university 68th among the best liberal arts colleges and as a “Best Value School” in the magazine’s 2020 rankings.

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The most important things I learned my first year of college

08.29.2019 | Jarin Kobashigawa ’20, MBA’21

When I stepped onto campus four years ago, I had no idea how much college would change my life.

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Willamette ranks among the best universities for student and staff interaction

08.06.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Student satisfaction places university at No. 8 nationwide.

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Fiske guide features Willamette as a top college


Popular guide features Willamette among 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges.

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Willamette honors employees for exemplary service

06.05.2019 | Tom Morlan

Eight individuals receive special recognition at annual awards ceremony.

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City honors Willamette student researchers

05.29.2019 | Tom Morlan

Geoarchaeology class unearths clues about the history of an old millrace in downtown Salem.

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Keeping the Bearcats on their toes

05.21.2019 | Tom Morlan

The groundbreaking research of Monya Maleki ’19 brings the benefits of ballet to the football arena.

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Charting a course to Intel

05.08.2019 | Tom Morlan

CorDarryl Hall MBA’19 braved stormy seas en route to a promising career as a data analyst.

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Promoting a healthy future

05.01.2019 | Tom Morlan

Aspiring physician Anna Ayala ’19 wants to make an impact at the individual and policy levels.

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Honors and Awards in Bearcat Excellence presented


Students recognized for cocurricular involvement and leadership.

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Plugging into the power of proximity

04.23.2019 | Tom Morlan

Adrian Uphoff ’19 is pushing legislation at the Capitol and opening doors for future interns.

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Chasing down a childhood dream

04.15.2019 | Tom Morlan

The pre-vet studies of Sarah Pope ’13 took her from Willamette to a biodiversity hotspot in South Africa.

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Finding strength in numbers

04.03.2019 | Tom Morlan

BA/MBA graduate uses data to tackle the business side of the Seahawks.

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Willamette University adds majors in data science, public health

02.15.2019 | Tom Morlan

The new degree programs will launch in the fall.

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Willamette among Princeton Review’s top colleges

02.05.2019 | Adam Torgerson

The university is named among the top colleges, best value colleges and green schools.

Willamette MBA Ranked Best U.S. B-School by Poets & Quants and Businessweek

11.27.2018 | Jennifer H. Bush

Poets & Quants and Bloomberg Businessweek names Atkinson Graduate School of Management one of the nation’s best business schools.

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines extended for California families

11.12.2018 | University Communications

Applicants affected by wildfires may submit apps until Dec. 1.

U.S. News names Willamette among top colleges

09.12.2018 | Adam Torgerson

The university was also ranked highly by counselors and is listed also among the “Best Value Colleges.”

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Willamette is a ‘hidden gem’ among universities nationwide


College Raptor highlights Willamette University in several rankings including the 25 Best Colleges in the Northwest.

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Willamette welcomes new students

09.04.2018 | University communications

Undergraduate and graduate students represent 30 states and several countries.

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Willamette ranked top liberal arts college in Northwest by Washington Monthly


The university moves up seven spots, boosted by students’ strong commitment to volunteer work.

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Willamette featured in ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019’


Best-selling guide features some 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges.

Willamette University expands access for students with high school college credit


Credits earned from concurrent courses may transfer under the new guidelines.

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Honors and Awards in Bearcat Excellence announced


More than 30 awards were given to students who have made positive contributions to the Willamette community.

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Two more rounds of Bearcat Days this week and next


The program follows last month’s successful admitted-student event.

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Willamette to welcome Bearcat Days visitors


Please join us in welcoming approximately 500 guests to campus for Bearcat Days on March 15–16, April 5–6 and 12–13.


Atkinson rebuilds admissions and recruitment teams

03.02.2018 | Andrew Hickey

Reboot aims to create smoother and more impactful experiences for prospective students.

Willamette statement on admission evaluation in wake of Florida tragedy


In the wake of last week’s tragic shooting in Florida, Willamette University statement on admission evaluation.

Willamette welcomes incoming students

09.04.2017 | University Communications

Undergraduate, graduate students represent dozens of states and several foreign countries.

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Willamette lauded in latest ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges’


Willamette lauded in latest “Fiske Guide to Colleges”

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Final round of Bearcat Days this week


Help Admissions welcome admitted students to campus Thursday and Friday.

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Second round of Bearcat Days this week


The program follows last month’s successful admitted-student event.

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Willamette welcomes Bearcat Days visitors

03.13.2017 | University Communications

Events for admitted students kick off Thursday and Friday.

Updates on communications and enrollment

09.19.2016 | Stephen Thorsett

Russ Yost and Jeremy Bogan will take on expanded roles after Oct. 7.

Leadership in defining access and affordability noted

08.29.2016 | Michael Beseda

Willamette’s initiatives were quoted in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education story.

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Willamette celebrates Oregon Private College Week

07.25.2016 | Kaitlyn Rice '12

Prospective students and families to visit campus July 25-29.

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Follow the flow to a satisfying career

05.09.2016 | Mike Russell

Andrew Lum ’16 pairs his passion for athletics with academics and service.

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Whipple '74 to lead Campus Life

04.04.2016 | Adam Torgerson

The new VP for Campus Life begins June 1.

Willamette's Academic Council unanimously endorses test-optional admissions

03.21.2016 | Adam Torgerson MBA '14 and Russell Yost MBA '05

The change reflects a nationwide trend to a more holistic review of applicants, especially from underrepresented groups.

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Willamette welcomes Bearcat Days visitors


Admitted students and their families arrive this week for the first of three events.

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