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U.S. College Road Trip! Episode 3 - Willamette University

Updated: Feb 21

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For those not from the Pacific Northwest, it is pronounced "Willamette, Damn it". This is my alma mater and where I met my husband all those years ago.



Willamette University is a private liberal arts college located in Salem, Oregon. Established in 1842 Willamette is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River.


Notable alumni include Lisa Murkowski, Nick Symmonds (Olympic runner) and US Senators Mark Hatfield and Bob Packwood.


Here are some unique things about the university:

  • Oldest college in the Western United States: Willamette University was founded in 1842 and is the oldest college in the Western United States. The university has a rich history of creativity and inventiveness.

  • Diverse student body: Willamette University has a diverse student body, with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and experiences. This provides students with opportunities to learn from and engage with people from different cultures and perspectives.

  • Service-learning courses: Willamette University offers service-learning courses that allow students to base papers and projects on their community service experience. This provides students with opportunities to engage with the local community and contribute to social change.

  • Study abroad programs: More than half of Willamette's undergraduate students study abroad, choosing from programs in 40 countries. This provides students with opportunities to gain international experience and broaden their horizons.

  • Co-located with Tokyo International University of America: Willamette University is co-located with Tokyo International University of America, providing students with opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration.

  • Strong emphasis on the performing arts: Willamette University features more than 20 music ensembles and performing arts clubs, and the university produces several main stage plays and one dance concert each year. This provides students with opportunities to develop their artistic talents and express themselves creatively.

  • Willamette University offers 48 bachelor's degrees and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,302.


The acceptance rate for the Class of 2024 was 80% . The average SAT score for students who are accepted is between 1100-1330.


Here’s the link for admissions to learn more. https://willamette.edu/admission/index.html Go Bearcats!


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