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Design students bring artistry and dedication to community projects

11.01.2022 | Linda Lenhoff

PNCA students are redesigning Willamette Week’s Give!Guide.

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MBA sets the stage for establishing a new style

08.23.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Saraa Green ’19 MBA, who works at Adidas, developed a business plan for a hair product that's now being distributed in the U.S.

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Fiske Guide names Willamette as one of the best colleges for 2023

07.28.2022 | Marketing and Communications

The university is included once again in the popular college guide.

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Mental health film produced by Ken Burns features WU student

07.13.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Billie Henderson ’24 wanted to discuss her experience with anxiety and depression to help others.

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'A new day for sculpture': Quantum artist reflects on career

06.28.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Julian Voss-Andreae ’04 has received international acclaim for his ‘quantum’ sculptures.

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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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What should you study in college? The answer may surprise you.

03.16.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Be curious, adapt and collaborate — our future depends on it.

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PNCA offers generous scholarships to transfer students

01.21.2022

Save up to two years’ worth of tuition costs by transferring to Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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Earn $4,000 by applying to Willamette early

10.14.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette is offering a $1K scholarship renewable up to four years to students who submit their Common App by Nov. 15.

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Willamette ranks high for LGBTQ-inclusive efforts

09.01.2021

Willamette was among 10 universities nationwide recognized for positive policies, programs and programs for LGBTQ youth.

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Willamette celebrates first graduate of 3+1 in Data Science

08.23.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Zach Haroian BS/MS ’21 earned multiple degrees and landed a job before commencement.

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New programming and design course available this fall

07.20.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

No prior coding knowledge is necessary.

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Fearless in the pursuit of opportunity

06.23.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Lawrence Hanscom ’91 leads Washington state's largest medical professional association.

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UAA partners with Willamette University College of Law to expand Alaskans’ access to a legal education

05.28.2021 | College of Law

The new agreement between the University of Alaska Anchorage and Willamette Law will expand access to Alaskan students wishing to pursue law degrees.

Chloe Prendergast ’14

A finely-tuned success

11.30.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Chloe Prendergast ’14 founded her own string quartet and became an orchestra member in the Netherlands after she graduated.

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

09.14.2020

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

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Student draws strength from WU community to overcome personal loss

05.14.2020 | Tom Morlan

During a time of pain and healing, Katie Lee’s professors and classmates inspired her to make the most of her life.

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Willamette MBA program sets stage for promising career

05.12.2020 | Tom Morlan

Emily Anderson MBA’20 used her educational experience as a springboard to a job with one of the nation’s top accounting firms.

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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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Lisa Landreman to join Willamette as vice president for student affairs

04.23.2020

The newest addition to the president’s leadership team is passionate about inclusion, equity, mentorship and transformative learning.

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Willamette recognized for creating pathway to success for underrepresented students

03.09.2020

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

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Willamette named ‘Best Value College’ by Princeton Review

02.23.2020

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

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Information for Concordia students

02.14.2020

Willamette is ready to help you transfer and achieve your educational goals.

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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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Well-being, health and safety on campus

01.15.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette’s Director of Campus Safety Ross Stout says the university is a pretty safe place — and takes a number of steps to keep it that way.

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Tips for new college students: Mental health

01.15.2020

Fantastic opportunities and experiences await you during your first year at college. But all of that transition — new relationships, different academic expectations, roommates — can be stressful in ways you didn’t expect. 

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Should I attend admitted student day?

01.15.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

After you’ve been accepted to a university, it’s easy to think your college search is over.

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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.

WEMS

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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Private vs. public college

01.01.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Factors to consider when evaluating tuition and cost.

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Myths about college admissions

12.11.2019 | Sue Corner

Misconceptions about the college admissions process abound. Sue Corner, Willamette’s senior associate director of admission, debunks 10 of the most popular ones.

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Biology lab guides alum beyond graduation

12.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

In his first week as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Alfredo Zuniga ’12 relied on old notes from his Willamette biology class to teach students.

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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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What is public health?

12.03.2019

Public health encompasses a vast number of fields — it’s the policies, prevention and access to care that impact daily life in communities around the world. 

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Best places to eat in Salem

11.25.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Whether we’re studying, meeting friends or simply heading to our weekly lunch spot, the Willamette community likes to frequent these spots. 

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Willamette Law clinic students submit report to United Nations Human Rights Council

11.25.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Report details children’s rights violations at U.S.-run facilities.

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Best questions to ask at your college visit

11.08.2019

Google all you want, but visiting a college is the best way to find out if it’s truly right for you.

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How to prepare for college theatre auditions

11.01.2019 | Professor of Theatre Susan Coromel

Many colleges and universities, including Willamette, offer scholarships for serious theatre students.

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How to apply for financial aid

10.31.2019

Financial aid is the best way to lower the sticker price of a college, and a few small steps can make the process more manageable.

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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?

09.30.2019

In college as in life, timing makes a difference.

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Get involved in clubs at Willamette

09.20.2019

With 91 registered student organizations available this year, it’s harder to find something you’re not interested in.

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Willamette welcomes new opera chair

09.16.2019

New chair is expert at building new art institutions, presenting concert music with contemporary twist.

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Capturing the ultimate race at sea

09.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Supported by a colloquium grant, student documents his race from Washington to Alaska.

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Willamette faculty, staff foster strong relationships with students

09.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Making students feel supported and welcomed is a priority.

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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.

Leah Olson ’20

Father’s ALS diagnosis inspires student’s advocacy

09.03.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Leah Olson ’20 interns with ALS Association, lobbies at D.C. and in Salem.

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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.

Alex Compton ’06

Collaborative research catalyzes career

08.20.2019 | Adam Torgerson

Undergraduate research experiences catalyzed the career of Alex Compton ’06, virologist and lead investigator at the National Cancer Institute.

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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

07.10.2019

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

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Student athlete works to prevent gang violence

07.10.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Olivia Scott ’20 reflects upon interning with a program founded by a reformed gang member in South Africa.

Greg Orzell ’05

History major helped Netflix launch streaming

06.19.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Liberal arts foundation served Greg Orzell ’05 well as he rose up the tech industry’s ranks.

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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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Tipping the scales of justice

05.14.2019 | Tom Morlan

Caylee Campbell JD’19 has been an advocate for positive change at home and abroad.

Brandon Chinn ’14

From the Bearcats to the Blazers and Celtics

05.14.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

On-campus opportunities opened doors to an NBA communications career for Brandon Chinn ’14.

Raul Marquez ’22

Representing diversity and fighting for more equitable resources in schools

05.08.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

First-year student is among youngest candidates ever to run for Salem-Keizer School Board.

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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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A Growing Threat

04.17.2019 | Adam Torgerson

Students in Willamette’s ‘Battle Lab’ target cancer cells.

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Willamette featured in ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019’

07.10.2018

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

Willamette University expands access for students with high school college credit

05.10.2018

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

Willamette statement on admission evaluation in wake of Florida tragedy

02.24.2018

Willamette will not consider in its admission decisions disciplinary action against high school or transfer students who engage in actions related to responsible citizenship and civic engagement.

Leandro Gonzales ’03 helped organize the delivery of dozens of tents to Mexico and Puerto Rico residents recently struck by natural disasters.

Willamette community unites to support people impacted by natural disasters

11.06.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Families of some students, faculty grapple with aftermath.

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Sustainability shines at ZenaFest

10.16.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette community receives a closer glimpse of student, faculty work at forest property.

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A summer of science turns students on to research

10.16.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

During this Willamette program, students make breakthroughs while working side-by-side with professors.

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Happy families

10.09.2017

Student-run Family Weekend earns kudos for its organization and events.

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Willamette lauded in latest ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges’

07.11.2017

Willamette lauded in latest “Fiske Guide to Colleges”

Three English professors named finalists for Oregon Book Awards

01.13.2017 | Adam Torgerson

Deulen, Nadelson and Stolowitz are in the running for 2017 honors.

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Willamette’s top 10 animal photos on Instagram in 2016

12.21.2016 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

Did Bearcats love dogs, ducks, goats or owls the most?

Lu'au

Willamette’s annual Lū’au connected culture, community

06.02.2016 | Russell Yost MBA'05

The student-run production showcased history and tradition through music, dance, stories, song and food.

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New residential options help students live and learn

05.30.2016 | Tina Owen

First-year students will be able to choose a new residential option that taps into and supports their interests in sustainability, health and wellness, and global living.

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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Alumna, professor help Anya Rogala ’16 find her way

11.30.2015 | Erin Dahl

Through the help of her mentor, Anya Rogala ’16 transforms two internships into a chosen career.

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The Myriad Lives of a Maker

11.23.2015 | Sarah Evans

The more you talk with Will Nickerson ’16, the more you wonder, “What doesn’t he do?”

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Navigating the Corporate World

09.30.2015 | Sarah Evans

Campus leadership positions prepared Zhang for work at several major companies.

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Sigma Chi honors Jim Booth '64 with award

09.28.2015 | Erin Dahl

The award is the highest honor Sigma Chi can bestow upon its members.

Willamette greets new graduate students

09.07.2015 | Erin Dahl

Nearly 200 first-year students enrolled at Atkinson, College of Law

Learn more about Willamette's new tenure-track faculty members

08.31.2015 | Erin Dahl

Eight new faculty members share insights on their lives.

Red Light/Green Light runners

Willamette community unites to reclaim a world record in Red Light/Green Light

08.31.2015 | Erin Dahl

The Guinness Book of World Records will certify the results this winter.

Willamette celebrates Class of 2019 during annual convocation ceremony on Aug. 21

08.24.2015 | Erin Dahl

Psychology professor and author Dacher Keltner offers students advice on achieving happiness.

Opening Days showcases Willamette's community to new students

08.24.2015 | Erin Dahl

From swimming to volleyball, the Class of 2019 explored Willamette’s offerings.

More Willamette students are going Greek

08.21.2015 | Natalie Pate '15

Thirty-four percent of students took part in Greek life as of last spring.

Career Services earns national recognition for its student programs

08.19.2015 | WU Staff

Willamette earns three top awards, two finalist recognitions in five years

Princeton Review names Willamette a top college

08.10.2015 | Erin Dahl

The university earns high rankings for sustainability, impact and value.

Green Initiative Fund awards sustainability grants to students, staff

06.29.2015

The awards will improve facilities, reduce waste and promote sustainability.

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Willamette earns national recognition for community service efforts

05.29.2015

The university is named on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Professor Abigail Susik selected to attend national art history seminar

05.26.2015

The event is aimed to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergrads.

Willamette’s institutional advertisement lands at PDX

05.18.2015

The airport ad is a ‘first’ in a set of collaborative marketing efforts.

Willamette Singers achieve global recognition through DownBeat award

04.28.2015

The jazz group gains global recognition for second straight year.

Willamette community explores its capitol connections at April 2 event

04.06.2015

At the Oregon State Capitol, students and staff networked with alumni working in government.

Valerie Cleary hired as Willamette's new director of athletics

03.23.2015

Valerie Cleary starts her post in late April.

Greenfield merged financial, social values at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

03.20.2015

Atkinson Lecture featured Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

Theatre touted as nation's best by OnStage

02.24.2015

The OnStage blog calls Willamette's Theatre program "absolutely incredible."

Willamette ranked No. 10 for number of alumni serving in Peace Corps

02.19.2015

With 11 alumni serving overseas, Willamette snags the No. 10 spot among small schools.

Two students earn fellowships to study public policy this summer

02.18.2015

Juniors Grecia Garcia and Julian Juarez will learn about public policy and international affairs this summer.

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Students find their voices through community radio

02.16.2015 | Sarah Evans

What’s it like to host a radio show? Chemistry professor Karen McFarlane Holman’s “Community Radio” students try it firsthand — and learn about themselves along the way.

Amadou Fofana wins Mellon Fellowship at Duke University

02.09.2015

Amadou Fofana has been awarded a Humanities Writ Large fellowship at Duke University.

Remember poetry

02.02.2015

In "Poetry," Chasar considers the vanishing memorized poem.

Grant supports student archaeology research at the Ness of Brodgar

01.29.2015

M. H. Wiener Foundation helps students unearth new finds in Scotland.

Former Oregon Governor believes the fight for equality must continue

01.20.2015

Former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts shares her personal story as part of a MLK celebration.

Alumnus, visiting English professor nominated for Oregon Book Awards

01.16.2015

An alumnus and visiting English professor were both nominated for their plays.

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