Willamette University 

Willamette University is a nationally renowned private liberal arts university in Salem, Oregon. Our beautiful, historic campus — located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and co-located with Tokyo International University of America — features a residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and two professional graduate schools: the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. 

Known for their distinctive learning environments, rich curriculum and outstanding faculty, these schools equip students with practical and professional skills that have lifelong value. Students are also able to combine their undergraduate and graduate experiences through our unique dual degree programs, including the BA/MBA and the BA/JD.

Through small classes, close student-faculty relationships, a commitment to collaborative research and a variety of programs to meet individual student objectives, we provide an environment where teaching and learning flourish.


College of Liberal Arts

Willamette University offers nearly 50 academic programs, including a variety of majors, minors and special programs, including pre-law, pre-med. The most popular areas of study are biology, politics, psychology, economics, rhetoric/media studies, and English and learning takes place both in and outside of the classroom. For example, students earn credit as political interns at the Oregon State Capitol, across the street from campus; study the effects of climate change at the nearby research forest; or conduct epidemiology surveys for the local health department. The first law school in the Pacific Northwest, the College of Law has prepared students for a life spent mastering the law since 1883, and boasts one of the highest bar passage rates among Oregon law schools. Located across the street from the Oregon Supreme Court, the college is situated in the epicenter of state law and government.

College of Law

A Willamette legal education encompasses the rigorous academics of learning the law, as well as the experiential learning and practice-focused training that occurs in legal clinics, externships, study abroad programs, and practical skills courses. The three-year juris doctor (JD) program prepares students to practice as attorneys and thought leaders in a range of fields. Through the Master of Laws (LLM) program, students who have already completed a law degree can deepen their understanding of complex legal subjects. A Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program can be customized to gain legal knowledge applicable to any career path

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Willamette University’s MBA program is committed to providing world class management education to students in all stages of their careers. The school in known for its innovative, early career programs designed to provide the knowledge and experience students need to prepare for their first professional position. Previous work experience is not required to apply to Willamette’s Full-time MBA program.

Willamette offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (BM), Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LL.M), Master of Legal Studies (MLS), JD/Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Master of Business Administration (MBA), BA/MBA, BA/JD combined, and JD/MBA.

Willamette University offers small classes with a student-faculty ratio of 10:1.

Willamette professors stand out nationally for their dedication to teaching, distinguished scholarly work and positive influence on students’ lives.

In fact, teaching only scratches the surface in describing what they do. They engage, challenge, guide and collaborate with students, both in and out of the classroom — creating relationships that continue long after graduation.

And they’re among the best at it — 11 of the 26 Oregon Professors of the Year are from Willamette’s undergraduate program, a record unmatched by any school on the West Coast.

Two of our CLA faculty have also received the Medical Research Foundation Mentor Award; biology professor Gary Tallman (2011), and exercise science professor Peter Harmer (2016).

Willamette’s graduate faculty are equally distinguished — the Aspen Institute recognized the achievements of faculty at Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and the College of Law’s faculty include some of the country’s most respected legal scholars as well as talented lawyers and jurists.

Willamette offers undergraduate academic disciplines in the following areas: American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Art, Asian Studies, Arts – Technology and Multimedia, Biology, Civic Communication and Media, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and History of Ideas, Computer Science, Economics, English Language / American Studies, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Film Studies, Fitness, French & Francophone Studies, German & Russian, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Rhetoric, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Women’s and Gender Studies

Willamette offers the following graduate-level programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Juris Doctor (JD), JD/MBA, Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

The Willamette campus offers Greek housing and eleven residence halls. Undergraduate students are under contract to live on campus for two years, after which they may move into private residence or one of the university’s apartment complexes. On-campus housing for graduate students is on a space-available basis.

The popular guide, “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges,” recognizes Willamette for hands-on academic experiences that cultivate critical thinking and creativity; professors dedicated to mentorship; and lively, diverse opportunities for fun and personal growth. Here are a few of the many ways that Willamette enriches students’ lives:

Long tradition of educating leaders: Founded in 1842, Willamette has produced government, business and cultural leaders for nearly 175 years.

Across the street from the state capitol: No other Oregon university offers such direct access to state government — a boon for students seeking internships or those interested in politics.

Learning opportunities at Zena Forest: How many other liberal arts universities can say they own a forest? Ours provides numerous ways to tie the local landscape to academic exploration.

Co-located with Tokyo International University of America: Make friends with the Pacific Rim students who live in our campus community every year — or head to Japan to study.

Dual degree programs: Interested in a law degree or an MBA? The dual degree programs with our grad schools allow you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s in less time.

Willamette University is committed to focusing its financial resources on providing a quality academic program. We strive to provide a low student-to-faculty ratio and strong compensation packages that allow us to recruit and retain an excellent faculty. We encourage innovation and quality in all our academic programs.

Tuition and fees change from year to year, so we encourage you to review the university website for current tuition rates.

We welcome the diversity and richness that international students bring to the campus community and we encourage applications from well-qualified citizens of other countries. The application process is designed to help the Admission Committee identify students who demonstrate the greatest likelihood of benefiting from and contributing to the academic community and campus life.  View the links below for application requirements:

Application  to the College of Liberal Arts

Application to the Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Application to the College of Law

Contact us!

We welcome you to reach out to our Admission Offices:

College of Liberal Arts
Email: bearcat@willamette.edu

Atkinson Graduate School of Management (MBA)
Email: mba-admission@willamette.edu

College of Law
Email: law-admissions@willamette.edu