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Opening Days

Welcome to Opening Days, Willamette’s student orientation program!

Completely student-run, Opening Days will give you the tools and resources you need throughout your first semester and beyond. This year’s event takes place Aug. 24-30.

We’re transitioning to a more “normal” campus environment this year while emphasizing student safety. If the schedule changes due to COVID-19, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, check out the links below and get ready for the most exciting chapter of your life!

Program Overview

Find out more about Opening Days and College Colloquium, our unique seminar course.

Schedule of Events

Get the details you need and discover the activities we’ve planned with you in mind.


Got questions? We’ve got answers, along with some helpful resources for families.

Transfer & Nontraditional

Take advantage of programming tailored to your needs, including Speed Orientation.

parents walking during opening days

Parents & Families

Explore an array of resources and events, including online and on-campus programs.

Accommodations & Travel

Learn about transportation options, get parking info, and find out where to stay in Salem.

Student Leaders

Get to know our Opening Days Lead Team and find out why they love Willamette.

Jump Start

Meet other new students and explore the area as part of our early orientation program.

Willamette University

Opening Days

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.