About Willamette University
On Campus Housing
Willamette University is a private university which is located in Salem, OR. The university covers an area of 60 acres. It was in 1842 when the Willamette University was founded. The motto of the Willamette University is Non nobis solum nati sumus (Latin) and its official colors are cardinal & old gold. In addition to over 1,624 undergraduate students, WU also boasts of over 555 students in its postgraduate courses, taking the total enrollment to over 2,104 (2018-19). The school has an academic staff of 278 (2018) who teach various courses to the students. Around 98% of the students are 24 and under at Willamette University. At WU around 59% are white, 13% belong to Hispanic ethnicity, and 7% belong to two or more races. And, when it comes to gender distribution at the varsity, around 58% of the students are females and 42% are males. The college has produced several achievers in its 178 years of existence and some of the notable alumni are Mark Hatfield, Nick Symmonds, Lisa Murkowski, and Dale T. Mortensen. The school believes in the all-round growth of the students and therefore, encourages students to take part in several sporting activities, conducted inside the campus. Further, it boasts of a decent sports infrastructure. Taking into account all the undergraduate and graduate degrees, including both residential and online, WU offers around 105 programs. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by NASM (National Association of Schools of Music), NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration), NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), and NWCCU (Northwest Comm. on Colleges and Universities). The total endowment of the Willamette University is around $262 million (2019).
The rankings provided by Forbes and US News are trusted everywhere, as long as US universities are concerned. Considered one of the best publications when it comes to ranking universities, Forbes has placed Willamette University at the 213rd position on the latest list of top colleges. However, it is to be noted that the rankings are decided based on common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment, benefits, and SAT scores, among others.
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
The next two things to keep in mind before applying to WU are the tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure. The total one-year cost on a full-time basis would be somewhere around $67,550. This cost consists of the average annual tuition cost ($52,290), books and supplies ($1,012), room and boarding ($12,938), and budget for other expenses ($1,310). Students can also explore numerous financial aid options offered by the university.
Highest Degree Offered
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$68,135 per year
Campus Emergency Phones
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
On-campus housing facilities are offered to the students who wish to remain nearby. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $12,938 per year. Willamette University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at WU costs around $6,160 per year. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At WU, campus safety and security features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones and 24-hr escort safety rides. The university has enrolled around 42% male and 58% female students.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
The financial aid department of Willamette University helps students by assisting them with scholarships, grants, and student loans in the event that they find the fees and the cost of living at the campus to be expensive. The average financial aid at Willamette University is around $26,179 and the federal grant is $6,854. Prospective students can benefit from state-level aid worth $3,200 as well as institutional aid worth $26,179. The non-need-based scholarships awarded to students admitted to Willamette University amount to $12,728,071 per annum.