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Every one of us has a unique story to tell, and we each have a different way of looking at life that reflects our heritage, culture and homeland.

We’re all here for the same reason: to get an education that challenges our intellect, connects us with a broader community of people and prepares us for a promising future.

Willamette's commitment to diversity is based on respect, fairness and the belief that everyone has something special to offer. Willamette will honor your ideas and celebrate your heritage and unique point of view. Our student organizations reach across cultural barriers and put on some of the largest, most exciting events on campus.

The week-long Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, held each January, unites the Willamette community around a commitment to service and open dialog. Lectures, discussions, film presentations and other special events chronicle the celebration, including the “Into the Streets” service project.

Willamette’s annual Social Pow wow celebrates the heritage and community of our region’s Native American community through dance, drumming and other colorful traditions.

The annual Lu’au, hosted by the Hawai’i Club, presents the excitement and beauty of the Pacific to a sold-out crowd each year.

Willamette is also committed to supporting students from the LGBTQ+ community and providing resources and opportunities to welcome them into our community and flourish during their time on campus.

There are many ways to celebrate and respect diversity at Willamette – and students are encouraged to get involved and follow their passions.

Admission programs

Willamette is proud to host Access to Excellence (A2E), a program for admitted students who are first-generation to attend college; self-identify as a student of color; and/or are eligible for the Pell Grant, or qualify for free or reduced lunch. Contact the undergraduate Office of Admission for program details by emailing bearcat@willamette.edu.

Scholarship opportunities

Diversity resources

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